#Week1- Marijuana: The Bank Roll to Psychiatric Job Security

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I CAN’T SMOKE ON THIS UNIT??? IT MAKES ME HAPPY!!! WHY CAN’T I SMOKE??? IT’S A FREE COUNTRY!!! IT’S THE ONLY THING I’VE GOT!!! IT HELPS ME RELAX!!! I DON’T HAVE A SMOKING PROBLEM!!! I’M DEPRESSED AND SUICIDAL!!! I NEED IT!!!

Great that’s wonderful… so then why am I admitting you to the psychiatric unit right now? Why are you here? Why am I wasting my time, if everything is ok?

San Diego Tribune Link: Bring in the Marijuana! Happy New Year 2018!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all FOR the idea of legalizing it. Why the hell not? “Ain’t no thing. I did the same. I use to blow trees, getting lifted,” J-Cole. And I’m not here to debate the pros and cons, the research-peer-reviewed articles, for or against the matter. To be honest, we would probably have better luck finding the solution for 8 AM traffic on a Monday. I hear it all the time from psychiatrists…marijuana destabilizes brain receptors, which can trigger repeat symptoms of psychosis, repeat symptoms of suicidal ideation. But, Lord knows I’ve had my fair share of bowl, bong hits and blunt rolls. Hell, in San Diego alone, alcohol is a much more dangerous substance. I can’t even recall how many times I’ve read in the news about a fatal drunk driving accident. And even further, the San Diego Tribune states 34 died from the damn flu in a week! Holy shizzle!

San Diego Tribune Link: The Killer Flu

Sigh…my current cold might take me with it. We’ll see. FML.

All I’m saying is this… one bad apple can ruin the whole lot. The legalization of marijuana for recreational use, comes with great responsibility; just like alcohol, owning a gun, etc. I feel that we need to filter who is responsible or capable for such recreational/medical use of marijuana. We can’t just willy nilly let everyone smoke, like it’s nothing to worry about.

Obviously there are road blocks in place. There’s waiting until your 21 to smoke cigarettes (depending on the state that you’re in), and 21 to drink alcohol. There’s even the Department of Justice law, which states if you are placed on an involuntary 5150 hold for danger to self/others, your rights under the 2nd Amendment are basically stripped away. And all we really have for marijuana smoking is…wait until you’re 21.

This week, I had a patient come onto my unit and completely argued his way on placing marijuana on a holy shrine. Great news guy! But, you’re still here. You’re still anxious as hell. You still have some delusions. You’re still suicidal and homicidal. Sure, smoking weed is great. I can’t deny that. But, it’s obvious that you cannot function normally without it. And as a result, many people lose those basic skills to deal with certain situations or stressors; they lack self-control, accountability, coping skills, responsibility! It’s supposed to be fun and relaxing. Not a scapegoat.

What about Wiz Khalifa or Snoop Dogg?!! Jesus Christ, for F’n sake people…grow up. They’ve done well for themselves. They obviously worked hard to earn such a lifestyle. They have that luxury. And most importantly, I’m sure they’re responsible smokers. I don’t wanna hear about your monetary or social problems, when you’re blowing all your chances on weed! People have to be accountable for their own actions. Like Kat Williams put it, you can’t be high if you have important s**t to do today.

Needless to say, just like any other poison or recreational activity, implementing a filter would probably be impossible. So, it is on us as a community to advocate for people to use responsibly! Just like alcohol, we need to moralize with some good sense. Try not to use while driving, don’t do it when your on meds, especially psych meds. We have to teach ourselves, children and future generations that it’s ok to do this, but responsibly. It is our responsibility to take this initiation seriously, while it’s still young.

We each have to be aware of ourselves, surroundings and limitations.

But, what the hell do I know right? Feel free to use carelessly…I’ll see you on the milieu in no time!

“Hi…my name is Scott. And I’ll be your nurse for today.”

Happy Smoking. Smoke Responsibly.

Cheers,

SV.

Author: nursesarereal

My nursing professor once said that keeping a journal, over time, will allow me to see growth. In myself? I’m not sure yet. I’m hoping. I like to believe that nursing school saved my life. Maybe I’ll have some fun doing this. Cheers.

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