I recently explored the topic of coming out of the cannabis closet, comparing this life event with the traditional LGBTQ+ definition of the term.
In the past, I’ve explored the topic of holistic wellness, use of cannabis with intent, and the conceptual framework of mind, body, and spirit. Today, let’s focus on spirit.
This is undoubtedly the most diverse and ambiguous of the three major areas in which cannabis can help humans. For some, spirituality is a devoutly religious area of their lives. For others—many of whom are agnostic or atheist—spirituality is different. It may encompass anger management, improvement of interpersonal skills, athletic prowess, sexual performance, or even the quest for purpose in life.
One’s spirituality is also strongly influenced by their particular place in life. Have they recently received a big promotion? Maybe they’ve suffered the untimely death of a loved one. The discovery of new romance is always a spiritual energizer. Divorce can be both defeating and liberating at the same time. Other positive milestones include a diverse set of life events experienced by close friends and loved ones (think graduation, one’s first home, a new motorcycle, or a highly anticipated pregnancy or birth).
For me, spirituality is seeking truth. This obviously occurs on two levels: The objective, physical reality around us (tech, social media, and communications advancements are all based on this increasing scientific knowledge) and our subjective, personal perspective.
It is this personal perspective for which I gain such tremendous benefits from cannabis. Like many of you, I’m not very happy with the state of things in the world at the moment. Yet, the reality is that things are better than ever.
Wealth distribution still sucks and minorities—including Hispanics, African-Americans, and members of the LGBTQ+ community—are still marginalized and persecuted on a daily basis. But things are still better than at any point in history (aren’t you glad you weren’t born 300 years ago?).
And then there’s cannabis prohibition. If you’re like me and you’ve decided to medicate daily and with intent to improve wellness, life in the majority of the United States can be challenging and frustrating. Obtaining safe, quality cannabis medicine that’s most appropriate for one’s condition(s) and lifestyle is between impossible and very difficult (not to mention exceedingly expensive and never covered by health care).
Thus, I use cannabis to tone my frustration, so to speak. To help put things in perspective and give me that elusive state of mind we call patience. The ability to employ a careful, slow strategy in one’s career, activism, or personal relationships is often paramount to success. Does cannabis help with this?
If one has clean, quality medicine: Yes.
At least it does for me. Recently, my use of cannabis with intent for thoughtful introspection and strategizing my career and personal life has resulted in a desire to explore the specific subcultures touched by cannabis.
I’ll need cannabis more than ever to put things in perspective and help prevent me from drinking anyone’s Kool-Aid along the way. I’ll need it to gain the confidence to proverbially walk into entrenched, cloistered subcultures to gain their trust and learn their stories. Specifically, stories of how cannabis helps them with mind, body, and spirit and is woven into the fabric of their personal, financial, and social lives.
The next time you’re feeling down or are on the verge of losing hope, think of the long game. Imagine national legalization of pot. Visualize every city in the United States sporting dozens or even hundreds of legal dispensaries (just like beautiful Portland, Oregon), most of which offer safe access to laboratory-tested, premium-quality cannabis medicine.
A lofty goal, no doubt.
Seeing beyond the ignorance, bigotry, and stereotypical thinking of prohibitionists and conservatives is no easy task. Bearing the brunt of daily criticism or even rejection from neighbors, friends, or co-workers because of a simple cannabis lifestyle is just part of the reality of being a modern user of the herb.
While many of us, especially journalists, focus on the states and cities that have progressively legalized cannabis, like Portland, Seattle, and Denver, we must also remember that most of the nation doesn’t enjoy such luxury and safety. We must redirect our anger, align our thoughts, and push forward into the 21st century with optimism and a knowledge that cannabis will be legalized nationally within most of our lifetimes.
Because we didn’t come this far just to let the bad guys win, did we?
All text and photos, unless otherwise noted, Copyright © 2003-2016 Gooey Rabinski. All Rights Reserved.
Gooey Rabinski is a writer, instructional designer, and cannabis satirist who has contributed feature articles to magazines and media outlets such as High Times, The Kind, SKUNK, Cannabis Culture, Whaxy, Heads, Weed World, Green Flower Media, Cannabis Health Journal, Green Thumb, and Treating Yourself.
He is the author of Understanding Medical Marijuana, available on Amazon Kindle.