5 Reasons You Should Smoke Weed
Guest Author: Spencer Ross April 20th is national weed day when many people at 4:20 pm will light up some dope/ grass/pot/wacky tobacky/doobie/joint/or whatever creative code term one might call their cannabis plant. Although recreational marijuana is currently illegal in 46 states, many in open defiance will get high this month. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the good ole’ US of A. Pop culture singers publically reference smoking this particular herb in their lyrics. Advocacy groups cry out for legislation changes under the disguise of medicinal marijuana use.
For those who don’t know me, I am a Christian, so I embrace viewing the world through the lens of Scripture. By the way, you did not read the title wrong. I would like to offer five concise reasons why you should smoke weed.
1. You Should Smoke Weed If You Want to Lack Self-Control
Self-control is a fruit of Spirit. Self-control is an ability that the Lord offers us (2 Tim. 1:7). Research supports that those under the influence of marijuana lose their inhibition. Even pro-weed advocates will admit that remaining sexually pure when high is much more challenging. Purity in our overly sexual culture is already difficult enough. Even secularist will advise that someone under the influence should not handle heavy machinery or drive a vehicle because that person is not sober minded. The Lord’s people are commissioned to be “sober-minded” (1 Pet. 5:8). Drug use is not a cheap pastime. Marijuana in DFW goes for $20/gram according to an advocacy group website. Common sense, simple economics, peoples’ experiences, and the tragic stories of many reveal the lack of wisdom and poor stewardship involved in a smoking habit.
2. You Should Smoke Weed If You Want to Break the Law
Fundamental Christians should be the ideal citizens. Jesus commanded the paying of taxes, respect for leaders, sacrificial treatment of our neighbors, and the obeying of the laws of the land that do not compromise divine principles (Romans 13:1-6). Using this substance is illegal in many locations. Federal and state laws impose different punishments for being caught under the influence or in possession of pot. A misdemeanor on your record can haunt you for many years. Some jobs require a drug test be taken before employment since business leaders are aware of the stereotypically and rather accurate effects of people under the influence. A countless number of famous athletes have lost their credibility after the public discovered their illegal substance use.
3. You Should Smoke Weed If You Want to Live a Deceptive Lifestyle
Most smokers are secretive with their marijuana use. Users are forced to be deceptive in their involvement because of legality issues, job requirements, and the responses of family. Tactical misrepresentation (i.e. lying) is often used in answering questions about where one has been, what they have done, and where money has been spent. Weed users are not themselves. The substance chills people. Most public high school students can tell you who are the “potheads” by all sorts of context clues like appearance, motivation, and attitude. Laziness is strongly condemned in Scripture (Proverbs 6:2; 2 Thessalonians 3:10).
4. You Should Smoke Weed If You Don’t Want to be Healthy
First Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” It is true that marijuana statistically is not as bad for you as alcohol or as addictive at tobacco, meth, and cocaine, BUT it does not mean that marijuana is as one pro-pot blogger said “broccoli”. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana and it affects the nerve cells in the part of the brain where memories are found (short term memory issues). Marijuana smoke deposits four times more tar in the lungs and contains 50% - 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke. Heavy marijuana has been linked with depression, anxiety, and personality. Modern marijuana can be laced with PCP, meth, coke, and many other harmful drugs. The NIDA reports direct links between marijuana use and schizophrenia.
5. You Should Smoke Weed If You Believe the Weak Favorable Arguments
There are many moral, scientific, and secular reasons not to use pot, yet still people believe the 420 propaganda. “But Spencer, it is a natural substance.” True, but so is tobacco, cocaine, and poison berries. “Well Spencer, it is legal in some states and countries.” So is abortion and same-sex marriage. “If we legalize marijuana we can help with the economy because of the tax incentives” someone might ask. Has that social experiment worked well in Amsterdam? Why not legalize heroine and prostitution? “Dude, people should smoke weed for medicinal reasons.” That is a different discussion. 1 Timothy 5:23 should be referenced. Are there any alternatives for hemp leaves to use for nausea and pain management?
You should smoke marijuana if you want to lack self-control, break the law, live a deceptive lifestyle, not be healthy, and believe weak favorable arguments. Instead of asking the question, “Is it a sin to use marijuana?” we should ask the question “Will this strengthen my relationship with God?”