Another Recovery Moment From Recovery Room 7
The seemingly safer drug
that bites back later, and usually leads to disaster.
Can true believers use weed?
The main psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical in marijuana, responsible for most of the intoxicating effects sought by recreational users, is delta-9-tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC). The chemical is found in resin produced by the leaves and buds primarily of the female cannabis plant. The plant also contains more than 500 other chemicals, including over 100 compounds that are chemically related to THC, called cannabinoids.
Today, it is normal to find marijuana with a THC content of over 20%. There are samples with a recorded THC level of over 30%, which is insanely high.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA?
When marijuana is smoked, THC and other chemicals in the plant pass from the lungs into the bloodstream, which rapidly carries them throughout the body and to the brain. The user begins to experience their effects almost immediately. Many users experience a pleasant euphoria and a sense of relaxation. Other common effects, which may vary dramatically among different users, include heightened sensory perception (e.g., brighter colors), laughter, altered perception of time, and increased appetite.
SIDE EFFECTS OF WEED THAT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT
1. Short-term memory
2. Long-term cognitive function (i.e., impairment at work and school)
3. Psychiatric illness
4. Abuse and withdrawal
5. Gateway Hypothesis (two to five times more likely to use other illicit drugs)
6. Driving under the influence results in an increase in accidents
7. Hormonal dysfunction (anterior pituitary, endocrine, reproductive)
8. Risk of oral and lung cancers (risks are more than cigarette smoking)
9. Cardiovascular events leading to tachyarrhythmias, acute coronary syndrome, and vascular complications
IS IT OKAY FOR A TRUE CHRISTIAN TO USE MARIJUANA?
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV)
"Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity,
sensuality, idolatry, SORCERY, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger,
disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, DRUNKENNESS, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who
practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21
Notice the words sorcery and drunkenness in this verse. In biblical times sorcerers used herbal and odd concoctions to induce drug highs. In fact, the word used in the Bible for “sorcery” is pharmakeia, which is where we get our modern word “pharmacy.”
Clearly, using marijuana that causes a person to become “high” is a sin because it induces intoxication and an altered state of mind.
If you're using marijuana, you need to consider the dangers. It IS a gateway drug, especially for teens and young adults.
Marijuana has no place in the life of a true believer.
Marijuana, along with all other addictive, mind controlling drugs, is considered witchcraft in Scripture.
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