What Is Recreational Cannabis
Recreational Cannabis Is No Medical Cannabis
In the world of psychology and psychosis, the word psychedelics is often what connects the two together. Within this particular world of “psychedelics”, the words medicine and recreational are what separates this word apart: one is medicinal psychology and the other is recreational psychosis. And in the thick of it all? —the poor cannabis plant and an authority-based crackdown on the uses of it. It has gotten much better and much more mainstream, relatively, which helps heal and correct certain misrepresentation about cannabis and its contribution to the world of the psyche. This article will talk about that as well as cannabis’ medicinal benefits to psychology (physiology) and on the other, perhaps dark side that cannabis pours: recreational cannabis activity. This is otherwise known as “getting that high”—let us talk about it.
The Difference Between Recreational Cannabis and Medicinal Cannabis
Though cannabis has been placed under scrutiny and leftover stigma from the days it was cracked down as a substance that could potentially destroy people’s minds, two operational terms have been used to seemingly demark one side and revere the other side—to a certain degree:
- Medical or “Medicinal” Based Cannabis
- Recreational or “Smoke From The Pot” Based Cannabis
Not just for the fun of discussing things and placing things in perspective, the health of a given population can be aided or mistreated if mistakes are made when it comes to cannabis, as with all kinds of psychological, physical and overall medical issues
Cannabis is a plant, first and foremost, and like any plant, needs time and space to let it grow into a mature based organism.
This is the case with all cannabis but in particular, to the science and art of medicinal cannabis.
In many different cultures, the use of plants to affect the psychological states has been one and done for a very long time—some have used cannabis and others have not.
This is mostly because for some cultural knowledge or wisdom, they have been able to see the link between the psychology that we have affecting the physiological matters that our bodies present from when our body is in good shape or when our bodies are ill.
A case in point, are these effects that one can find in the use of cannabis (impartial to good or bad labeling):
- An increased sense perception using the sense of tasting, seeing and hearing
- An inappropriate acknowledgment of time and time periods
- An increased urge to eat or appetite activation
- Feelings that are similar to that of both a relaxing and joyful situation
- Loose markers for identifying others and that of oneself
Except for markers the fourth number, most people do not want to experience these otherwise, “crazy” states of the body—too terrifying or otherworldly, it seems.
But, placed in the context of a stressful situation of war, famine and overall distress, these are effects that could certainly be argued as factors to help people survive and get out of depression.
As rhetoric, this is what it means to “get on with your life”—to move on. And with medical supervision and expert-driven guidance, these can be argued as beneficial with the right amount of dosage from previous experience accounts.
And with this side and this promise, is the other side of the fence: recreational cannabis.
Medical or medicinal cannabis is supported by trial-based science as well as psychometrics, the aspects that govern recreational cannabis use is more of a liberal, more autonomic reason, the most common of which is just pure enjoyment of these effects without consideration of any medicinal quality or standard.
Even more ill-advised it seems is that recreational cannabis users often take their desires for “synthetic” forms of cannabis, hybridized and manufacture to achieve a certain effect and not necessarily a medically beneficial one.
Recreational Cannabis And Synthetic Dosage
A quick note on recreational cannabis use and synthetic forms of cannabis is dosage.
There are two compounds (called cannabinoids) that are present within the cannabis plant:
- CBD (Cannabidiol)
- THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
The former is mostly responsible and accounted for when it comes to patients that have problems dealing with getting good sleep and those that have insomnia. CBD brings about a relaxing and calming, almost tranquil (at some point) effects to the state of mind of the user and thus, lets the body enter into a kind of “deep sleep” mode.
This above is favorable for medical and psychological institutions given that they are able to closely monitor a seemingly less aggressive and more suggestive state for the individual patient in question or supervision.
This is not the case with the latter compound known as THC.
The THC compound is responsible for bringing about aspects of psychology that are associated with focus, alertness, and anxiety—almost “panic” mode like.
This is harder to monitor and harder to control, even, especially when accounting to what could be aggressive behavior on the part of the patient (though not all cases and depending on the dosage).
It seems that recreational cannabis users and their acclimation for synthetic drugs employ a higher than normal THC response, which leads to situations that can be argued as “recreational” to some—not all—demographics.
Clearly, we are just talking about more or less the same cannabis plants with a more or less similar ratio of cannabinoids, but recreational use of cannabis is a condition which can be associated with addiction to an otherwise psychotic state when not medically supervised or under the guidance of a very good expert.
When Do Recreational Cannabis Users Go Too Far?
In particular to parents of their children, medical cannabis is aided by a team of medically knowledgeable and medically inclined sets of experts, recreational cannabis need not be so and has not been so—for a very, very long time.
Remember, this is about dosage addiction and the effects that they carry. In particular, this is concerning the effects of the part of our brain that generates hormones of pleasure—it has a ceiling and system for adaptation.
If you can recall a period where you could not do something fearful or dangerous or embarrassing and then you did it. This sends chemicals to the brain to realize that it is no longer under stress and receives a chemical reward system that makes people almost like a superhuman.
This is good, depending on how you look at it, but it has a limit in which the ceiling of chemical signals needs more and more stimulation. A case in point is that if you have conquered one goal, the brain no longer sees the need to “reward” you for accomplishing an otherwise similar type of goal—it needs something better, faster and often, more dangerous goals. All points to consider, this is a very bad idea if you find this cycle in recreational plants as you just want more and more of the stuff.
Precisely how recreational cannabis users can go too far is a question that cannot be answered even if you want some form of accuracy as there are too many factors.
But, all evidence, medical or recreational points out to dosage and that evidence seems to be shear near conclusive across all of the core sciences.
Can Just About Anyone Be A Recreational Cannabis User?
This is, unfortunately, the case with regards to a person’s psychological state.
Yes, indeed, just about anyone can use cannabis for recreation through synthetic cannabis or by increased levels and dosages—this cannot be helped if it cannot be helped.
But, you can, responsible user, help in the reestablishing cannabis, not as two different categories but all in the same, but in varying, much-varying degrees of consumption—do not throw the baby along with the bathwater.
To be specific, this goes out to mature folks, guardians, and parents of children who could have a case that falls under harmful recreational cannabis use:
- When the user has a severe case of withdrawing from people
- When the user has a case of mild to severe depression
- When the user is causing all sorts of problems for family, friends and loved ones
This is just to name a few and as you can see, this is not even accurate to be satisfactory. There are a lot of cases outside of cannabis that affects these states. More often than not, with correct medical guidance and the right dosage of cannabis, these can be even healed.
But recreational cannabis is not for medicine, it is mostly a therapy based on a circus act or sport like features that can likely be dangerous under the wrong hands—fire is good and bad, depending on who’s asking.
So, do yourself and your community a favor and stop distinguishing one for the psychological benefit and the other as a psychotic’s pastime—the plant has almost nothing to do with it. Cannabis, as well as other medicinal plants, have always been nourishment or medicinal depending on the culture. If culture is reflective of its use of plants, then what does recreational cannabis say about our given culture—a free to curse playground?
Kim Brown and Eric Perez of URMC Rochester