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Urging people to become ascended beings composed of pure thought

Prohibitionists depend on a lack of conscious thought and sweeping generalizations. Here’s someone who took the impossible notion of “drug-free” even a step further…

Hudson Summer Fest to showcase positives of being drug free

“We’re trying to show the positive side of not using substances. You can be as cool as the band leader and not use substances.”

sub·stance n.

    1. That which has mass and occupies space; matter.
    2. A material of a particular kind or constitution.
    1. Essential nature; essence.
    2. Gist; heart.
  1. That which is solid and practical in character, quality, or importance: a plan without substance.
  2. Density; body: Air has little substance.
  3. Material possessions; goods; wealth: a person of substance.
[American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language]

Good luck in your quest to not use substances.

The truth, of course, is that the world is filled with an infinite number of substances and we’re using them constantly. And, as far as I can tell, every one is both potentially beneficial and potentially harmful depending on how they are used.

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13 comments to Urging people to become ascended beings composed of pure thought

  • frank w

    “Substance abuse” gained currency in the 80s. The added syllable kind of makes it a euphemism, as George Carlin reminds us in his bit about PTSD.

  • Francis

    Urging people to become ascended beings composed of pure thought.

    Pete, I’m pretty sure ‘thought’ is the one thing the prohibitionists hate even more than ‘substances.’ (And no, I’m not sure what that leaves either. Dark matter?)

  • darkcycle

    Pete, I believe you are substantially correct.
    You, sir, are a man of considerable substance, and the prohibitionists clearly not only LACK substance, they eschew it.

  • Nunavut Tripper

    Here in Canuckistan it’s the month to fess up if you’re a politician. First Justin Trudeau who kind of down played his cannabis use saying he only toked up 5 or 6 times in his life.I think he may have forgot to add hundreds or a thousand to that figure.Damn that pesky short term memory loss.
    Now the mayor of Toronto has come clean saying he’s smoked lots of weed.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/toronto-mayor-rob-ford-says-he-has-smoked-a-lot-of-pot/article13999239/

    I like Rob’s answer the best.

  • NorCalNative

    Um…no thanks, I’ll continue saturating my endocannabinoid system for fun and medicine.

    Start viewing cannabis as a supplement to good health, because that’s EXACTLY what it is.

    Cannabinoids will eventually become the gold-standard of chemotherapy treatment due to the antiproliferative, antiangiogenic, apoptotic, and antimetastatic effects.

  • claygooding

    I keep seeing a redneck with a beergut and a sideways ball cap sitting on his porch drinking homebrew in an ascending fashion.

  • DdC

    Another misnomer the dung worriers hype on or harp on is Controlling a Substance. They want complete abstinence, that is not controlling. Anything over one toke is considered abuse. That is not controlling anything, its banning it. When the substance is politically controlled and banned from even research. An ulterior motive is in play. Profits generally is the answer. Profits on misery they cause. And they do it for the kiddies. Talk about your dysfunction junctions.

    From The Natural Mind by Dr. Andrew Weil

    Dr. Andrew Weil of the University of Arizona College of Medicine states, “There is not a shred of hope from history or from cross-culture studies to suggest that human beings can live without psychoactive substances.” Bees drop to the ground after having nectar from certain orchards. Birds get drunk off berries and then fly into windows. After cats sniff certain plants they swing at imaginary objects. Certain range weeds will make cows shake, twitch, and stumble back for more. Elephants purposely get drunk on fermented fruits…”

    Obama’s Perplexing Potpocalypse

    The latest entry
    The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies

    • DdC

      OT+-

      The United States has concluded Syria carried out chemical weapons attacks against its people, President Barack Obama said Wednesday, a claim that comes amid a looming diplomatic showdown over whether to strike against Bashar al-Assad’s military.

      Syria, Got Ganja? “best available protection against nerve gas attack”

      Counter Reefer Maniac accusations that marijuana users support terrorism with the plain fact that these dizzy morons are preventing the use of the “best available protection against nerve gas attack” with their marijuana madness.

      Among its many properties cannabis provides considerable protection from a number of lethal nerve gas symptoms by defending the brain from injury and suppressing the seizures, nausea and vomiting associated with chemical warfare agents.

      • Windy

        Apparently there is a BIG question about who was really behind the use of “chemical weapons”,Assad says he didn’t do it, the rebels (some of them) claim to have done it, and there is a (believable) rumor that the US government provided the weapons and taught some of the rebels how to use them.

        Good to know cannabis affords some protection against such weapons.

    • Windy

      I finally got around to reading that article by Dr, Weil. When I got to this part:

      Thus, for most marijuana users, the occasion of smoking a joint becomes an opportunity or excuse for experiencing a mode of consciousness that is available to everyone all the time, even though many people do not know how to get high without using a drug. Not surprisingly, regular marijuana users often find themselves becoming high spontaneously.

      I remembered a moment years ago, hubby and I were out riding (motorcycle) with a friend, we stopped at a place at the end of a lake to have a smoke. It being a warm and beautiful day I lay back on a log and looked up at the sky, enjoying the high and the cigarette I was smoking in that moment, when I suddenly realized the way I was feeling, what I was experiencing there and then was the exact thing I’d felt when I was a kid lying in my great-aunt’s hammock between two transparent apple trees, eating apples and making pictures of the clouds. It was a sensation I had missed as an adult before cannabis entered my life but it took a few years a decade, actually, give or take, of enjoying the herb before coming to this realization. Unfortunately, I still have trouble reaching this state of mind without the aid of the herb. It does happen from time to time, but I am yet incapable of bringing it on willfully.

      Good article, thanks.

      PS I’ve already used it against a prohibitionist.

  • curmudgeon

    I thought you became an ascended being by getting really, really high (or have I been watching too much Stargate SG-1?)