Originally Posted by brendo
So, do you drink coffee, tea, coffeinated soda?
Do you eat and or drink, energy drinks/bars?
Do you eat foods with MSG in it?
Do you eat foods with artificial sweeteners in it?
Heck, do you eat any pre-prepared foods?
Do you drink alcohol?
Do you have a hobby that you enjoy?
Do you take risks because it is "fun" (i.e. extreme sports)?
Do you meditate or self hypnotize?
If you do any of theses activities, you are also a drug user. The first 5 questions are chemicals that you imbibe nearly daily that are drugs and effect the brain chemistry.
The 6th question is quite obvious, alcohol is a drug. Whether you have one glass of wine with dinner, or slam down a bottle of vodka daily, you are taking a "drug".
The last 3 questions are based on activities that force the brain release "drugs" into your system. Sure, it isn't quite the same parachuting out of a plane to get a adreniline high as it is to shoot a needle of heroin into your veins. But it isn't all that different either. One your sticking a chemical directly into your bloodstream knowingly for the buzz, and the other your sticking a chemical directly into your bloodstream knowingly for the buzz. Granted one does involve procuring said chemicals and delivery method, and the other involves putting your body into a situation where the flight or fight response kicks in, so that your body produces the chemicals.
People have been so scammed by all the disinformation regarding "drugs" it is pathetic. Humans have been using "drugs" for as long as they have been human. Some psychologists even theorize that without hallucinogens, humans would never have become "human". People have been using cannabis for so long that we all have neurons in our brains that ONLY react to cannabinoids. Think about that for a second. Your brain has cells that only react when you imbibe cannabis. People have been using willow trees (aspirin) for pain relief again, for centuries. People have been chewing coca leaves to make their day a little better and to make work a little easier, again for centuries. These uses are just the tip of the iceberg. These three examples are just "every day" drug patterns, I haven't even touched on religious usage of "drugs" throughout history.
It's great that you choose to not do drugs (unless medically needed) and I do applaud that. It is not easy getting through life in this society without some form of chemical relaxation, but do not be fooled that you are "drug free". The FDA, and your food suppliers are making sure that you get your fair share. Also, you should get the idea that you are somehow stronger, or better than those who choose to imbibe in chemical relaxation. Some of (if not most) of the greatest people to ever have lived, used drugs (mostly the ones that are currently illegal) quite frequently. Opium has inspired countless literary and musical treasures (Alice in Wonderland for example), psychology would not be where it is without Freud (cocaine addict) and although it is hard to point to any advances caused soley by cannabis, it is very hard to find a society that did not use all or part of the plant.
The bottom line is, in today's world, we are all drug users. Whether it is for fun, for medical reasons, for religious reasons, or because some corp can save $.0000001 per serving on your cheeseburger, your a junkie just like all of the rest of us.