Hi, I'm new here, this is my first post. I'm a christian, and I smoke pot. Something I've wondered is wether God put weed on the Earth for our use. The bibles says your body is a temple, and not to defile it [meaning don't do drugs]. But what exactly does God consider a drug? One possability of the origin of the cannabis plant is that it was created by God along with every other plant on earth. Another possability is that cannabis came about as a result of Adam's sin, which--as I have read--weeds and thorns are a product of. The former makes more sense to me than the latter, because all weeds have no real purpose, they just get in the way when we try to grow plants, so we must pick them and get rid of them; they realy have no use to us at all. Cannabis on the other hand, is one of the most usefull plants known to man. Hemp (the male form of the cannabis plant) can be made into many different things, from blankets to hand moisturizer (and I hear hemp-moisturizer is the best moisturizer ever made). I forget many of the uses for hemp, but there are a lot--if you're interestetd, Google it. ;P It seems that God created the cannabis plant with multiple uses. Cannabis also affects us differently than every other drug (that i know of) does. Other drugs--such as alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, etc.--affect the middle region of the brain that controlls motion and movement, and also affects the production of a chemical called dopamine, which is the chemical nerve cells use to communicate with other nerve cells. It's this affect on dopamine productions that causes drug addiction. Marijuana on the other hand does not affect dopamine production, and affects the front region of the brain, which has special "canaboid receptors." Basicaly, humans "evolved" with a special section of our brain designed specificaly to detect and bond with THC and other chemicals found in marijuana (I don't believe in evolution, so God must have designed humans with this section of our brains). Our brain can switch these receptors to either "on" or "off". When our brain decides we've had enough, it simply turns off the receptors, making marijuana impossable to OD on--a nice mechanisim God implemented. Also with other drugs, especialy cocaine, prolonged use can damage nerve endings because those receptors get exposed to too much of the chenical that it gets "burnt out" so-to-speak. Now when the brain turns these canaboid receptors off, means we're starting to grow a tolerance to marijuana. This tolerance means we need to smoke less to get high, and if we smoke too much it'll cause us to come off our high much quicker (higher amounts of THC in the blood causes the brain to shut off more receptors). I can vouch for this--that I can smoke a little and feel it alot, and smoke alot, but not feel much at all. This phenomenon seems to go hand-in-hand with something God has tought us: not to be greedy. Seems fitting that God made it so if you're greedy with the marijuana--you smoke alot--you will not get as much out of it, but if you only take a little and not be greedy with it, you get the nice affects. I guess you could say it's a reward for not being greedy. Someone can say that smoking marijuanan defiles the body because it fills our lungs with unhealty tar, which can lead to lung cancer and other health issues. Smoking is something that man thought of doing, but there are other ways of consuming it that don't fill your lungs with tar; such as baking it in foods, or taking it in pill form. Another thing, while smoking mairjuana does increase the rist of lung cancer, there is no report in medical history of someone getting cancer from marijuana use alone. Not only that, but also no one has ever died from marijuana--something not hard to believe considering we have a natural system to keep our THC level in check. I read a thread yesterday where people talked about experiences they had when talking to God. When I first started smoking pot I experienced similar things that they talked about--things looking different, smiling for no reason at all, and feeling a peacefull calm inside of me. Did I mention marijuana is an anti-depressant? It also is used to treat migranes, and can help prevent memory loss for people with parkinson's disease. I belive it also helps people who get seziures too. The only bad thing I can think about marijuana is that it causes impared memory, but that might be the result of thousands of years worth of genetic mutation to our DNA, making our brains not up to par with the perfect brain God gave Adam. These are some things I've observed/learned about that caused me to think that God might have put the canabis plant here for our enjoyment, and use. I'm curious if anyone else has any insight on this? I would greatly like to hear other people's opinions on this matter.