Everyone has to alter their consciousness sometimes. What does it mean? What are you conscious of right now?
Do you believe there are things that are going on that you are unconscious of? There are, of course. Always.
Do you want to be conscious of more things? Then you have to alter your present consciousness.
Now it is possible to do this with nothing but meditation. A little bit of induced dreaming. It’s hard work and unpredictable in its success. But if that is your only alternative it is something you will probably do.
Most people prefer to be able to change their perceptions with some reliability. So they take drugs, and by drugs I mean alcohol, cigarettes, anti-depressants, sedatives, and everything that is legally prescribed or available over the counter. Most of these drugs are pretty bad for you. They can wreck your internal organs, they can ruin your life in many ways.
Alcohol is particularly disastrous. There are so many drunk drivers on the road that 13% of adults acknowledged driving drunk in the last year. That’s not including the people who don’t acknowledge it, even to themselves, when they’ve had a few. And there isn’t any doubt about the deaths caused by drinking and driving.
So the question isn’t whether cannabis is good. I think it is, and I’ll continue to talk a lot more about how it is medicine and not a poison. The question isn’t whether cannabis is harmless. It could cause some problems for some people. The question is, if people are going to alter their consciousness in some manner, if they are going to take some kind of drug on a regular basis, hadn’t it better be cannabis than something toxic and which causes so much illness and death as alcohol and cigarettes?