This is not a political blog and I certainly don’t intend for it to become one. However, I am about to use the words of a candidate for President of the U.S. to make a point about marijuana use.
The person I’m referencing is Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for President. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Johnson’s political views, you have to admit he’s a fairly accomplished guy. He is, among other things:
- The founder and former owner of a multi-million dollar construction company that has provided jobs to 1000 people or more at a time
- A former two term Governor of New Mexico
- A tri-athlete and mountain climber who has reached the summit of Mount Everest
I mention these things about Johnson not to endorse his candidacy but to illustrate that he knows at least a little bit about attaining a measure of success in life.
He is also an admitted recreational marijuana user and believes in the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis. Until he decided to run for president in 2016, he was the CEO of Cannabis Sativa, Inc., a company marketing medical cannabis products. (source)
Johnson on His Marijuana Use
There’s another thing Johnson decided to do when he announced his candidacy in 2016: he said he would quit using marijuana. Why? He said “I want to be completely on top of my game, all cylinders.”
He also said that he would not use the drug in office, if elected. (source)
Now by all accounts, it doesn’t sound like Johnson was ever a heavy marijuana user. In fact, he doesn’t smoke it at all but opts for edibles instead. Here’s another quote from him regarding marijuana use:
“…there’s a downside to doing anything all the time.” (source)
Now I don’t know if you have an admiration for Johnson or if you think he is a wack job. I just think it’s interesting to note that a well known proponent of marijuana legalization is willing to admit that there is such a thing as smoking too much marijuana and that it does carry the possibility of impeding one’s performance.
After all, we do hear many in the “pro-weed” crowd decry any insinuation that weed has negative affects whatsoever. Their hackles go up when you mention anything about marijuana addiction or any other undesirable consequences of prolonged weed use. They like to peddle misinformation just like the “anti-weed-marijuana-is the-devil” crowd. Both sides are wrong.
The Takeaway from Johnson’s Comments
Let’s take a look at “being on top of your game”. No one can be on top of their game all the time. That would be exhausting not to mention counterproductive.
BUT, there are going to be periods in your life when it is absolutely crucial for you to be on top of your game. This is true whether you are running for president, studying for an important exam, trying to get a promotion, or just giving your all out best at a pivotal moment in life.
You’re not going to be firing on all cylinders with a daily weed habit.
I know. I’ve been there. The positive contrast in my life going from a regular weed smoker to a non-weed smoker has been remarkable. I speak about this experience many times here in the blog.
So if you find yourself in this moment needing to be on top of your game and knowing you’ve got to cut out the marijuana habit, at least for awhile, but you’re finding it hard to do, we have a compilation of resources that could help.