By Natalie Rocca
Many people out there find alcohol a perfect source of relaxation – a more ideal way of catching up with buddies and a great get-away from their usually stress-filled worlds. But while some fancy the idea of sipping away on a glass or two of a favourite beer or whiskey, others would prefer lighting a joint (read cannabis also known as weed).
Of course we are talking tastes and preferences here.
While many people, especially, the very conventional ones in our society will find habits like drinking and smoking only acceptable for the adults – which is provided for in the legal systems of Uganda – many young people are taking on this lifestyle, oblivious of the effects.
Think of psychological effects, others health-related, emotional effects, and many more.
On one side, lovers of the ‘bottle’ will tell you how “sweet” the liquor is and how attached they are to it, and on the other, those who fancy weed will declare how useful it is to them.
In the Ugandan society, many opine that people who smoke weed stand a high chance of getting mad – or are already insane – or put themselves in a position where they will not achieve much in life.
Any medic will tell you how dangerous intake of too much alcohol is to your health
But while that belief holds, apparently, here’s something to chew on. Research shows that alcohol and cigarette smoking cause more harm to the body than weed!
In fact, cannabis, which is disgusted by many people, has a wider positive effect than you think! Smoking ‘pot’ (note that cannabis has many names) or intake of marijuana widens your imagination and helps you express yourself in the art you know.
Did you know? Marijuana is not only used recreationally but also medically – benefiting pain, nausea, neurological disorders and even killing cancer cells. Isn’t this what we need today, a natural beneficial drug?
Truthfully, with all the medication being created I would rather inhale the herb.
Don’t know about you but generally speaking, everyone has a myth of what they believe happens if you smoke pot but without evidence there is no proof! The question we all want to get an answer to is clear.
“Does smoking weed make you mad?”
With all the research I have carried out I am happy to say it doesn’t. It’s the wickedness of some drug dealers that make users mad.
Caution. For the weed smokers, as you are about to light a joint, try this. Open it up, and you might just be in for a surprise. If you see green, good for you but if you notice a few brown spots, then you most probably have been smoking petrol or something worse. For the latter case, you will love the height (you get high when you smoke weed) but not the damage to your brain. Be cautious of what you buy. Remember not everyone is your friend.
In some countries, it is legal to grow and use cannabis (marijuana)
But have you entered the centre of peace? Me neither. Well apparently putting THC, a chemical in marijuana in your system plunges you into a world new illusionary world. A peaceful place you would never want to leave. It’s like wandering around in all your imaginary perfection, it is said.
Yet, have you ever noticed alcohol never takes you there?
For alcohol, when you reach the limit you drop, blackout, puke, enter anger mode and wish you never tasted the apparent “sweetness” of what was expected to heal you. Then comes the hangover mode. And what’s next is the hustle of trying to nurse that sickening state.
Alcohol talks. It pushes you to do things you would never do in a normal state of mind, it creates an illusion in the real world so your actions take the worst of who you are. You’ve certainly witnessed drunk people fighting, mistaken relations and a new person forming. So alcohol really talks and the worst part is you may never remember the actions you took part in under the influence of this drug.
Although alcohol is a well consumed worldwide drug it does not mean it’s good for you!
Marijuana users are ready to defend themselves but the law and judgmental mouths of society lessen their confidence to defend what they love. Read the facts before you assume the future. They say, everything has a good side and a bad side – perhaps a neutral side as well! Just make sure you pick the right drug for you. Think wisely!