My Cannabis Testimony

I started using cannabis when I was just 14 years old. It was a Friday night, my dad was out of town, and my mom dropped me off at a friend’s house. I hopped in the back of a car and rode with them to someone else’s house where they showed me how to roll a blunt, which is a cigar that is stuffed with weed. I am not saying what we did next was right, but it’s the truth. Next, we hopped in the car, I jumped in the backseat, and we drove around smoking the blunt. They taught me how to inhale, and the rest was history.

I sat in the back of the car and did nothing but laugh for the next 3-4 hours. I had never had so much fun in my life, and I had already done some awesome things like put two deer on the ground, work a small part-time mowing business, and other things. Luckily, my love for work would pave the way for me to enjoy guitars, skateboards, and cannabis in my early/mid teen years. I learned about work from my dad, and my grandfather. Both of them are hard workers, as well.

Once I turned 16, I gave my life over to Christ, and became convinced by my parents and pastors that cannabis was an evil weed that needed exterminating. Most of my friends were not convinced, but they were happy I found God. Within 6 months, I was back on it, and “struggling” in my faith. A struggle that felt manufactured, but I didn’t know how to describe it, at the time. Nonetheless, me and cannabis were friends again, and I liked it. I quit for a while before going in the military, but me and Mary Jane were attached at the hip, and there was nothing anybody could do about it.

September 20, 2004, I was injured in a very serious car accident. Then final talley was 8 broken ribs, a broken sternum, two broken vertebrae in my spine, all my organs except for my heart was injured, they removed my spleen, they removed an adrenal gland, and they removed a kidney. Also, I suffered brain damage from the intensity of the impact. There was no cannabis involved in the accident, it was just an accident. It was a “wrong place, wrong time” kinda thing. I hated it for many years, but I realize now that it helps make me who I am.

Fast forward about 8 years, Colorado and Washington legalized cannabis. At this point, I knew two things for certain: 1. Cannabis will be legalized in the US, if not globally and 2. I wanted to be apart of it. I was living in California, so I convinced my wife to let me get a medical card. I did this so she would “come around” on cannabis…she was a total prohibitionist, and I also thought it might help with some of my physical and mental ailments. I wanted to sign up and try different types of buds rather than just street bud, to see if I could notice a difference in my depression, pain, and other things.

So I did the research, found a doctor, brought in my backpack of medical records from the accident, and they said, “Man. Yeah, you get a medical card.” I had been using alcohol to cope in order to be a “good” husband and “good” Christian, and I was tired of it. I was going green! With the supervision of the doctor, my wife, and a very close and trusted friend, Geoff Drew, I started ingesting cannabis instead of drinking when I was in pain or depressed. Slowly but surely, my life started to change.

I started losing weight. I noticed I was happier. I was in less pain, and I found myself coping better at work. I know this sounds like an absolute made up dream, but it’s not. It’s the truth. I discovered cannabis for the miracle drug that it is. At this point, I became convinced that it would be legalized, and I was excited to be living in California, because surely they would be next to make the jump.

Lo and behold, I end up getting really sick. By really sick, I mean I developed a deal where I was dry-heaving and throwing up all day. It was strange, and the doctors still don’t know what’s wrong with me. Luckily it’s calmed down. In the meantime, I had to quit my job in California, and we had to sell our home  and move back to Texas. I tried to do without cannabis in Texas, but a trip to Colorado confirmed that the drug does me more good than harm. Ever since, I have become an activist. I joined NORML, and now I am very evangelistic for the cause of cannabis.

This confuses many of my Christian friends, but I enjoy our discussions — both in real life and on social media. I am an open book, and this blog should get you started. I would love to hear any feedback you have, positive or negative. Long story short, cannabis is for me, and I am not convinced it is for everybody, but I think everybody should have the freedom to choose.

Oh, my wife and I have also become persuaded that I am actually autistic. This makes some of my personality quirks make more sense.

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  1. Hmmmm. Your trip to Colorado, from my perspective, proves that cannabis is NOT the answer to your problems….at all. Mary Jane is trying to destroy you. I don’t care whether it is legalized or not. I care about you. Cannabis has “some” uses and “some” benefits, but, like any drug, it also has side effects and risks. The side effects, in your condition, are HUGE. Be real. Be honest. Your problens cannot be solved with a toke. Love always, Aunt Gale

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    • Hey Gale! I appreciate you chiming in, but I will agree to disagree. I was in a very deep depression, and driving to Colorado and partaking of the herb allowed me to not be depressed anymore. I went into a bi-polar manic, because I stopped taking my medication due to sheer excitement! I am being honest. Be prepared to accept my honesty. I love you, too!

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      • Seriously, if you are not a pot smoker then you wouldn’t understand. Because you have never felt the effects over long term consumption. A little backgrounder — I have had not only a precancerous polyp that was removed before I was the age of 40, but I’ve also suffered from PTSD, and severe anxiety. I cannot take antidepressants, they disconnect me from my self so much that I don’t even know how to think. Trust me, I’ve tried, and they have not worked. I am I thankful that I am a medical marijuana smoker, I also don’t like to take pain killers, as high levels of NSAID’s are known to cause organ failure.

        On top of that. It’s not addictive. When I say it’s not addictive, I am saying that if you stop cold turkey you do not have to go through any DTs or other types of psychosomatic effects. Worst case you have a bad headache for a few days, and all the symptoms of all the things you’ve been using it for come back or start to.

        I find those who judge it the most are those who not educated in the topic, and are going off the information that you’ve been told. If you knew that all marijuana related materials were removed from all libraries in the USA during the Nixon administration just when he began the “War on Drugs” would it surprise you? Basically actions like that are the Government censoring you, and telling you that they don’t care about people. What the Government has is a bigger, better, badder machine, that basically keeps churning Capitalism. Did you know that black and whites smoke pot about the same rate of consumption across the entire USA, however only 1 in 4 arrested on Marijuana offenses are white. The other 3 are typically black or another minority. Who says that segregation doesn’t exist in the USA? The Warn on marijuana is basically a war on the poor, black, and unemployed.

        http://norml.org/library/item/your-government-is-lying-to-you-again-about-marijuana

        I think if you watch the documentary “The Culture High” and I promise you that your opinion may be swayed. When you see a little kid go from 27 prescription drugs including benzos to almost nothing, by using cannabis oil as a treatment. When he was suffering over 600+ cluster seizures in the run of a day from an infant to currently. On cannabis oil this kid has almost no seizures, and is off almost ALL of the meds he was on.

        No one criticizes the antidepressants or painkillers that are big addictive substances that are handed out like candy at a 25 cent store dispenser. People have their priorities WRONG. True fact, a person would have to smoke 20,000 marijuana cigarettes (joints) in a 20 minute span in order to overdose from THC. People overdose on WATER consumption before they OD on pot. (Hyponatremia).

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  2. Thank you kc gor being do open and sharing im glad i dont need werd to survive im sorry you do and i have heard it doed help with depression i have a friend who wad in a bad car accident at 18 and now he is paralyzed from the waist down and doesnt tske any medicine just smokes weed he doesnt think the medicine helps. so he smokes weed alot i dont wanna smoke weed because i dont wanna get addicted or dependent on it i dont think its a bad thing its just not for me i only wanna be dependent on Jesus Christ and he is also a christian weed is not for me and to honest i wish it wasnt for you but i inderstand you feel like you need it hey its your life your in charge and youve made it this far and your still alive so your doing a good job

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    • Thanks for sharing, Shametra! I appreciate your kudos, and I also appreciate your perspective. Keep relying on Christ in all things! I will trust His provisions!

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  3. Thanks for explaining. I think it’s easy to judge people who smoke without hearing the why. I appreciate you sharing your story and give you a lot of credit for having a close friend keep you accountable as you started out and that you did get a card to make it legal.

    I’m frustrated, to be honest, that people I never thought smoke MJ do. It’s something sneaky, something they don’t want others to know. They say they’re against it and act squeaky clean until someone blows their cover. Just for recreational use, and just because they can. Many claim migraines and bam – med card. Others don’t give a damn and just get whatever’s around from connections. I really dislike that. I dislike using it just to get high or feel BA.

    But I support people who use it responsibly, under the law, and who do not over consume it. I think overconsumption of substances, legal or not, is a bad witness when you let it control you whether that is getting drunk or high or whatever. I acknowledge that hemp in general is a very fascinating and helpful plant both as a textile, materials, food, and even as medicine. I think it’s taking advantage of this power that makes me upset.

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    • Well said, Quarter-Lifer! Thanks for interacting with me on this topic! I hope you read and enjoy more of my stories.

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  4. I don’t have the right to say what people should put in their bodies but am a total prohibitionist (and I have been attacked for this) because – particularly for smokers – many people don’t realise they’re dosing others when they smoke in a group. I’m asthmatic and therefore against passive smoking, so was very happy with the universal ban on smoking in public. Even if I have no issues with private recreational use of any drug, there’s always going to be someone who doesn’t respect that I don’t want any of that in my system. (A similar argument is that I am for gun ownership but would ask guests not to bring one to my home.) I think much of the resistance from society in general comes from the belief that cannabis (and other drug) users get high to avoid confronting their issues. That said, cannabinoids have been proven medically effective to treat cancer. I wish there were less of a stigma surrounding their use to treat diseases. These substances are administered in refined, pharmaceutical form under medical supervision. That means safe and targeted treatment that has a defined course.

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    • I think one of the biggest fights we have is to fight against the stigma of being “stoners.” This is unfortunate, but a reality. My wife is not a total prohibitionist, but a partial one. Both sets of parents are, and our conversations on this topic are interesting. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      • Understood. It’s important to hear everyone out in these situations because the objections people have are personal. For the most part, people are laid back about what you smoke, drink or inject, as long as you don’t drive while doing it. At the same time, I have been criticised for saying that I can’t eat wheat or gluten even though I have also explained that I have an autoimmune issue which prevents me from consuming them. People shut down when they see anything resembling criticism or directives related to their behaviour, even if it’s not direct. If only we could respect each other and pay attention, we could find a way to work things out. Thank you for listening.

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