byvpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda & Dr. Mark Toomey, Ph.D.onJuly 5, 2012
One of the founders of Ayurveda, Dhanavantari, developed a medical lexicon of the qualities and effects of herbs, including cannabis. According this description, Cannabis is sharp, healing and light in its quality. Being sharp and ‘heating,’ it increases humoral bile and removes humoral phlegm. It also stimulates delusions, slows speech, and raises the heat of the digestive fire. Note, these ancient symptoms are all so common to the cannabis user of today: hallucinations, distortion of speech and cognition and the ‘munchies.’
In Ayurveda, cannabis used as a recreational drug is considered toxic to the mind and body. It has been used for thousands of years as a component in various preparations but not as an isolated herb. In Ayurveda, it is not considered an important herb. However, like any botanical, this herb can have some good effects depending on what you are using it to do. When properly prepared in a synergistic formula and used in minute quantities under the care and direction of an expert, it can aid digestion. The use of cannabis is always in a synergy with other herbs and spices and never by itself. (No such products are sold in the United States)
People ask, why would it be that an herb that has medical use in some cases can cause negative side effects in other cases? According to the Ayurvedic texts, medicine properly used becomes nectar and improperly used becomes poison. When marijuana is used in ways not prescribed or intended (for example, in does and for periods of time not prescribed), it can cause a host of imbalances and side effects including stimulating delusions and slowing speech.
“Recreational use of marijuana creates ama,” says Jadgish N. Vaidya, director of Maharishi Ayurvedic programs at Lancaster Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. “It impairs digestion and intellect, it upsets hormonal balances, and it can be addictive, in the tradition view of Ayurveda.” The classically trained Vaidya or Ayurvedic expert adds, “It is not a path to enlightenment. Enlightenment is the moment-to-moment awareness of totality; the full inner and full outer value of awareness. Not the loss of awareness.” Excerpted from a much longer article on the Maharishi Ayurveda MAPI website.
New Jersey’s new governor should know that Colorado has a $500 -700 million budget deficit this year, and that Colorado Governor Hickenlooper advised other governors not to legalize. All drugs become more available via legalization of marijuana.
If the industry donated to Murphy’s campaign, one can consider this money “blood money.” Legalization usually leads to more people using all drugs, and more DUI driving deaths. In the midst of an opioid crisis, this policy normalizes pot use rather than offering people an alternative of recovery, hope, and success.
SAM and RAMP oppose Legalization
Do you want a New Jersey with more or fewer people using drugs? Do you want a state with more impaired drivers on the road or fewer of them? In the midst of an opioid crisis, do you want to further drug normalization?
“We won’t stand for it,” said Kevin Sabet, President of SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana. “I’m directing our New Jersey affiliate – NJ Responsible Approaches to Marijuana Policy (NJ-RAMP) – to take every step possible to stop this reckless policy from becoming a reality. SAM Action is redirecting funds to make sure New Jersey kids won’t suffer.”
In today’s society, we are all faced with obstacles, especially those of us who are young and still learning right from wrong, and good from bad. If someone were to offer me marijuana, I would immediately decline. I am a teenager and I have already been educated on this topic. I have developed my own choices and opinions.
Marijuana is a toxin. That does not prevent the youth of today from using it. It is the responsibility of adults to teach and encourage youth to make the right choice and not smoke weed. Continue reading →