In retrospect, it was only a matter of time before I got here. Once I ventured into the world of plants and flowers to co-create with the Goddess, well, it really shouldn’t surprise me or anyone else that I would be drawn to one of her most sublime creations. Marijuana, Cannabis. Weed. The Holy Grail. Dope. Whatever you wish to call it. Whatever thoughts you have about it. Whether you’re a daily user or perhaps have never experimented with the plant, we are entering a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult to deny the extraordinary benefits across a wide spectrum that this particular slice of Mother Nature displays.
So what was the trigger for this latest round of art and creative exploration in the secret world of plant life? A PBS documentary called “Clearing The Smoke: The Science of Marijuana”. Yep, PBS. I had been turned on to a fabulous documentary that PBS did in their NOVA series about “What Do Plants Talk About?” by a dear old friend. And as it was on youtube, I was exposed to a whole slew of other PBS documentaries in the sidebar.
A quick word on the documentary I was turned onto… In short, quite amazing and will give you a totally different appreciation for what’s going on in your backyard, or in the forest preserves around you. There is some incredible research being done that seems to point to the fact that plant life is intelligent and exhibit animal-like behaviors. No, we haven’t found a “brain” in a plant, but we may not be looking for it in the right places with the right eyes. I highly recommend taking the 52 minutes to check it out. You’ll be much better served than watching summer reruns of some damn thing, lol.
Okay, now back to the marijuana. The PBS documentary was really quite eye opening as to the complexity of the plant’s chemical nature and offered some insights into why Big Pharmaceutical isn’t bothering to fund or do the research even though there is so much antidotal evidence and a growing body of research that is showing an incredible variety of medicinal uses for marijuana. It was also quite enlightening to find out that marijuana was in the U.S. Pharmacopeia until 1937. Then an asshat who’s name I forget, decided that it should be so heavily taxed and regulated that it became far too much of a headache and a hassle for a doctor to prescribe it. Hmmm? I wonder who was behind that? Perhaps those same companies who make millions selling you drugs they manufacture? After all it’s very difficult to make money selling you something you can grow yourself and works better than any synthetic version we’ve managed to come up with.
And marijuana works extraordinarily well for a wide variety of things. If you suffer from chronic pain for example, a little bit of weed may make all the difference in the world. Anxiety? Smoke a joint. Epilepsy? Watch the documentary and hear first hand the difference it has made for one young woman. In short, marijuana, while not the cure all that lots of users cheerfully claim it to be, is one extraordinary substance. The fact that our federal government chooses to waste billions of dollars waging a “war” against it is a testament to fear, stupidity and perhaps, the power of that almighty dollar. I mean really, how does so much marijuana find it’s way into the country? Yes, much is grown right here, but one estimate has the U.S. smoking 17.9 Million pounds a year. That’s a shit ton of weed, lol. And weed is bulky, unlike many other drugs. So, in my mind at least, there’s no way that much marijuana makes it into the country under the watchful eyes of the DEA unless there’s some serious money changing hands to look the other way. There’s also the question of what the hell we’d do with all the people employed in this war on marijuana? Well, re-assign them to the war on crack which doesn’t have any damn thing good about it.
Here’s an excerpt from the NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) website about the human cost of the war on marijuana…
“Enforcing marijuana prohibition costs taxpayers an estimated $10 billion annually and results in the arrest of more than 750,000 individuals per year — far more than the total number of arrestees for all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
Of those charged with marijuana violations, approximately 86 percent,663,032 Americans were charged with possession only. The remaining 94,937 individuals were charged with “sale/manufacture,” a category that includes all cultivation offenses, even those where the marijuana was being grown for personal or medical use. In past years, roughly 30 percent of those arrested were age 19 or younger.
NORML supports the eventual development of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers could buy marijuana for personal use from a safe legal source. This policy, generally known as legalization, exists on various levels in a handful of European countries like The Netherlands and Switzerland, both of which enjoy lower rates of adolescent marijuana use than the U.S. Such a system would reduce many of the problems presently associated with the prohibition of marijuana, including the crime, corruption and violence associated with a “black market.”
Here’s a link to the NORML website which, while certainly slanted in favor of legalization and decriminalization, is a good place to get a second opinion….
And of course there’s the people who view marijuana as a gateway drug, or a drug that will lead to addiction and experimenting with other drugs. Well, the problem is in the fact that it’s illegal in so many states. That’s the gateway. Because when you indulge in illegal activity like selling or buying marijuana you do get exposed to a variety of other related illegal drugs. And, as was my case, coming of age in the 1960’s and 1970’s, when you discover that the hysteria laden filmstrips and movies about the horror and madness of smoking a joint are full of shit and don’t in any way reflect the reality, you think that the rest of the government sponsored information on drugs is bullshit too. So, if you’re a more adventurous type, you may try a few of those drugs. Just saying.
As for addiction, I can only relate personal experience. I’ve smoked a good amount of dope over the years and I have gone through periods where I didn’t. Never have I felt any physical, mental or emotional need for marijuana. And in the documentary, one of the research doctors explains that in his opinion, the fact that marijuana is stored in the bodies fatty tissue and thus released slowly overtime is why users don’t experience the terrible addiction withdrawals associated with drugs like heroin and alcohol. And while I’ve seen lots of people do very stupid and violent things on alcohol, I’ve honestly never seen potheads do anything violent. Sometimes dumb? Oh hell yes. But never with intent to injure others.
For those interested in the medical benefits of marijuana, here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia along with a link to read more…
“Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 85 cannabinoids found in cannabis. It is a major constituent of the plant, second to THC, and represents up to 40% in its extracts. Compared with THC, cannabidiol is less psychoactive, and is considered to have a wider scope of medical applications than THC, including to epilepsy, multiple sclerosis spasms, anxiety disorders, Bipolar Disorder,  schizophrenia, nausea, convulsion and inflammation, as well as inhibiting cancer cell growth. CBD may decrease the rate of THC clearance from the body, perhaps by interfering with the metabolism of THC in the liver. Cannabidiol has displayed sedative effects in animal tests. Other research indicates that CBD increases alertness. CBD has been shown to reduce growth of aggressive human breast cancer cells in vitro, and to reduce their invasiveness.”
When it comes to legalizing, or decriminalizing marijuana, what I see is a lot of fear based uninformed thinking. Mostly from those that haven’t tried it. As with any substance there is a potential for abuse. Just look at alcohol. And yet, we glorify drinking in this country with splashy ad campaigns and slick slogans. And we encourage consumption while telling you to remember to use the shit responsibly. Why not do the same with marijuana. And we wouldn’t have to encourage consumption. Because, again, in my experience, most of the people I’ve met who’ve tried it a few times really enjoy the way it helps them feel. Whether it be more relaxed, or more focused or more creatively inspired. And that isn’t even touching on the medical side.
But, I’m sure you didn’t stop by for my rather rambling dissertation, but rather for what marijuana looks like through the lens of my particular co-creative process, lol…. and yes, I was “high”, or “stoned” when I made these. This shit is amazing for freeing the creative side, lol…
In the end, I recommend the stuff. It won’t hurt you. If you’re afraid or concerned about your lungs, check out the Scientific American paper on that (link below) or make yourself some brownies or cupcakes and sample one of the greatest gifts and pleasures the Goddess, or Mother Nature if you prefer, has ever bestowed on us… marijuana.
So fire up a bowl of happiness and lets get to some art… in this post I’ll give you four variations on one of the pieces… more coming in the next post…
Here’s “Marijuana 1”
Yep… that’s some damn beautiful stuff, lol… don’t worry, it’s not messy at all. It melts in your mind, not in your hands!
Oh damn, I just love plants and flowers and weeds….
Here’s “Marijuana 3”
Deliciousness… and the munchies, lol… courtesy of Mom Nature.
Here’s “Marijuana 4”
Those colors are electric… and oh my, the stuff along the axises. Bold as love? Perhaps.
So my friends and casual observers, there you have it. As with all things, I’m quite sure there will be more forthcoming. Fertile ground for all sorts of things this marijuana is. No, go enjoy some funk of your own and please, don’t forget to tell us what you think, what you feel and all of the other stuff running around your head… we love to hear from you.
Yours in the pursuit of growing up as a society and finally legalizing this wonderful, natural substance so that all may benefit from the experience should they choose to do so…
P.S. To the girl from Cupcake Island… the Kingdom of WeHolly by the Sea… my beloved, adored and honored Zengirl… all my love, all my thanks to my soul’s sweet mate… I love you.