• *You may think using anything as an “aid” in life, somehow makes it an invalid or un-necessary experience...

  • OK, what aid are we talking about? Marijuana, my glasses, my hearing aid, my meds that aid me with diabetes, cholesterol, stroke, heart attack, anti-inflammatory, headache, thyroid, antibiotics, depression, sleep, stress, allergies, colds, viruses, vitamins. I could go on with the list but first I would like to know what aid do I stop taking to make my life work better? Which one of the above aids come without a warning on the label? Prescribed or over-the-counter? None! They all have warning labels. ibuprofen has more warnings and long term negative effects than pot does...

  • Pot, makes my life work better! I mean, why take all the other meds just to live a defeated life and then die? All the meds I take keep my body functioning well at 71...
    Pot gives me the passion for life and motivation to be able to enjoy my good health. It's what gets me up each day with excitement and great expectations because I know it's going to be a great day with motivation! Ya gotta keep movin or nature will begin the “death spiral” sequence. ...just sayin!

  • The dilemma... I know, at 71, for some, movement of any kind can be painful. It's no wonder why older folks can't get motivated to do the very things that create better health and longevity... it hurts!
      It hurts while you walk, shop or play with the grandkids. Now, you have to recover. Then you have to try and sleep thru the night. Then you have to get up the next day and do it all again. Or, sit in a chair for a few days just to get mentally prepared to go thru the hours of pain and insomnia caused by pain. This is where pain pills might be considered. Now you are faced with possible addition, chronic constipation, immobility, boredom and depression which will be remedied with more pills.
    I use pot for the two things that take care of everything else... it gives me a sense of well being and the motivation that it brings.
    At this point, I don't think about the pain enough to stop me from "living" while I'm alive. It makes me want to live a better lifestyle.

  • I had prepared to die of ill health with no hope at 63.
    I now plan on living till I'm 100+ because it's something to look forward to now. Remember the feeling as a child when you woke up and morning smiled...

  • Just smoking grass isn’t like any other “stand alone” experience if you know what to do with it and use the right strain of pot to get the right results. After smoking pot for 50+ years I've learned just how diversified cannabis is. When you consider sativa, indica and hybrids you're looking at several hundred different strains and new hybrids coming out everyday. You learn what strain can make you anxious, and which one is the opposite with it's relaxing, sleepy, couch lock, hungry effects. If you don't want to get the munchies and couch lock don't use pure Indica. If you don't want to be edgy or shaky like an energy drink or too much coffee, don't use pure Sativa.

  • If CBD's are important to you, just remember, The sense of well being and motivation comes from THC. To me, THC is much more important for your frame of mind, "plus" aid's in pain.
    My wife and I tried CBD cannabis with no noticeable effect or benefit... doesn't mean it won't work for others. There are strains that contain both.

  • Hybrids find the sweet spot for each individuals desired effect. Don't get me wrong, pure Indica and pure Sativa are very desirable... I just don't recommend either for new users. If you don't know what to expect and are determined to try pot, go with a recommended Hybrid first... one toke at a time, keeps you from, one toke over the line!

  • Important note: To accurately evaluate an individuals first experience with cannabis, you must not drink alcohol during this time. Alcohol will all but guarantee a bad experience. No other meds either, i.e.; aspirin, cold med, allergy med. No coffee, no energy drink. Don't try if depressed, emotional or alone. These are the same precautions I would give to a first time driver of a car.

  • Find out what hybrid is tailor-made for you and your relationship. You may even want to use several different strains for different effects as I do. Between the weather, news, your “to do list” and everyday stresses, you find that your moods or needs can change at different times of the day. I personally have several strains (10 to 12) at the ready at all times. Why? I don't ever want another bad day!
    If I can prevent a bad day... why shouldn't I, why wouldn't I, why couldn't I, why can't I?

  • Now, I have a “say” in what I'm going through at the time. If my Lady or I don't want to be a “mood's victim”, we can change the mood with one of the 12 strains that allow us to pick the direction we want to go in for the rest of the day or evening. Being dialed in with your spouse/partner at the end of the day is exactly where I want to be.

  • No man made drug can do that. In my opinion, pot in a very positive way, can change your life, your marriage, your sex life, your health, your negativity and anger issues. It’s great for just being happy with a genuine sense of well being.
    For me, it's just a healthier, happier and better way of life. Please don't think I'm trying to encourage anyone to take any substance they don't consider necessary. Remember, I've been using pot for over 50 years, for everything. So naturally, as a healthy 71 year old, it's hard for me to see or understand how people, even today, freak out over the use of pot.

  • Please note my opinion: Anyone thinking of using cannabis as a lifestyle should first educate themselves with a “personal feasibility study”. First, are you free to come and go as you please everyday? Are you retired or well off? Do you or your partner know anything about pot and the effects of hundreds of different strains and combinations of pot? How does pot effect you and your partner as individuals and jointly in a relationship. Depending on your age, what do you want from pot? Pot is the only substance on earth that can “partner” with you and enhance whatever direction or experience you choose to go with. At least for me.

  • I went to a 30 day, in-house alcohol treatment facility which nationally they had a cure rate of only 17% (National Average). After, I was sober for one year. I celebrated this milestone of achievement with two bottles of Champaign. I started drinking again the next day and everyday after. That’s when I consciously chose pot to quit drinking because my drinking was out of control again. I even drove in black-out. It scared me to death. Since I stopped drinking and started using pot. I have not driven drunk in over ten years, where it used to be daily.

  • I’ve gotten my diabetes to goal, high blood pressure is gone, heart palpitations are gone, cholesterol at goal, lost 50 pounds without going on a diet... thanks Sativa! I feel and look 20 years younger and getting younger everyday! Stress and anger are a thing of the past and the family loves it. I no longer have chronic insomnia.

  • I was a very unhappy, walking dead man before changing my life style.
    My life is fun again. I start everyday using pot. I take it like a medical regimen. I have 2 to 3 tokes every 3.5 to 4 hours all through the day...everyday and have for years. I don’t get baked or very stoned. Like any meds, you can’t over/under dose and expect proper results. For me, pot is a med, to be taken correctly.

  • Selecting the correct strain is also critical. For me, a hybrid pot strain of 70 % sativa, with 30% indica is the way I start my day. I call it “get off your ass grass”.
    , I've had to change the name to... get off your duff, stuff". ( My lovely wife has brought it to my attention that, I no longer have an ass! ) Thanks for the update, Sweetheart!
    It keeps me active and in good spirits... It makes you feel young again! I never use indica till night, makes me feel lazy and sleepy all day, even depressed. I don’t use pot for recreation because I’m already in recreation mode all day, everyday. Like I said it’s a lifestyle change.

  •  I could triple the dose of any of the many meds I take daily and wind up in the hospital or dead. I could triple or quadruple my intake of pot and it wouldn't do much more than put me to sleep, make me eat, dance, laugh, brainstorm or just trip. The benefits in the proper use of pot should not get mixed in with what people are doing to get it illegally.

  • I am the most positive minded, focused, happiest, nicest and full of great expectations for the day ahead. I’m that way all day everyday as long as I use grass. I use it for pain relief, Insomnia, brain storming new ideas and much more.
    Why should I wait till “week-end recreation” to enjoy all the attributes and benefits?

  • Of course at 71 and retired with a med pot grower license, it’s easy for me to live this life style. My lady is a baby boomer as well.
    Like us, most older folks have a lot of issues similar to ours. I finally got my lady to get on the same pot regimen as me because she no longer works, plus it's legal now. She is experiencing the same benefits as me. She’s lost 50 pounds as well. She has stopped using prescribed Oxycodone for pain! (chronic regional pain syndrome). Pot just prevented another person from the horrible effects of prescribed Oxy addiction and saved me from alcohol addition.

  • We’re like peas and carrots again! Seriously, our relationship is like it was approx.. 28 years ago. We got our groove back! We still have great fun and lots of love in our great relationship.
    That, will take us the rest of the way.

  • Like I said, weed is absolutely unique. It can deliver what you seek. Be it physical, emotional, sexual, self revelations, pain relief, mood altering, artistic, focus, temperament enhancer, just having fun, a happier lifestyle, well being, brain storming new ideas with focus and passion. What can you do with all these features and benefit's? I can live a longer, healthier life with fewer or no major organ or cancer issues.

  • Why do I think this? Simple deduction. I have friends that have gone through cancer treatment and beat it! They starved the cancer and it left their body. One of the key counseling issues through out the entire treatment was absolutely no stress, worry, anxiety, anger or thinking anything that would trigger any of these emotions... ever! Which is debatably the very thing that caused the cancer in the first place.

  • Cancer feeds off all negative emotions that produce heavy stress loads on different organs of the body. We all know how heavy that weight can become after years of unresolved issues. In my opinion, pot is tailor made for cancer patients as well as a proactive, pre-cancer med for high stress, worry, anxiety, anger or thinking anything that would trigger any of these emotions.

  • I personally chose not to wait till I get a major organ breakdown or cancer to go on a pot regimen. Being proactive in the elimination of negative thoughts and lifestyle, make it possible to enjoy a healthier one. If you are older... positive, emotional, physical and recreational motivation is the key to enjoying a longer, healthier life! If you can't enjoy your life when your healthy, what's the point to a longer life?

  • It seems like the logical proactive thing to do. I've asked four doctors this same question- if pot took away anxiety, anger or thinking anything that would trigger any negative emotions, could you live longer and healthier? They all said absolutely yes!

  • They also added... stress can cause any major health problems in anyone no matter how healthy they are. Unchecked stress will not only kill you but it will also destroy your life years before you die. Personally speaking, I don't want to be miserable and unhappy with no motivation.
    The right strain with proper amounts of THC is
    what can prevent negativity, depression, stress, boredom, anger, and isolation by changing your mindset, temperament and attitude's.
    Cannabis CBD only... cannot! It does other great things!

  • HOWEVER!!! If cannabis "CBD" works to eliminate pain... it could be the kiss of death. To my knowledge, it is essential to remain relaxed and still to achieve pain relief from the CBD in cannabis.
    There is a huge "catch 22" no ones considering. You must remain motivated and positive mentally, emotionally and physically to achieve better health and longevity... I get that from THC.
    on the other hand, you must remain relaxed and still to get the full pain relief and other benefit's from the CBD. What do you do? First, you stop the "CBD vs. THC" campaign.

  • The obvious choice is "both". I fail to see what's wrong with enjoying the healthier, happier, motivated THC side of cannabis while in less pain with the CBD side.
    Best course of action is to prescribe free cannabis to any and all Veterans. WHY THE HELL NOT?!?! They already paid the price... some still are.

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