Billymac29 wrote:I've had pain before. I never said that certain medicines were off the list of the 5th precept. Sorry, that is the precept.. If your afraid to die or get sick, then thats suffering.. Show me the sutta where buddha told people to smoke pot and i will believe it.
The buddha laid down cause he was in pain.. He didn't smoke pot..lol
using a painkiller isn't being afraid to die or get sick. it's very easy to make judgement calls on things like this until you live every day feeling like someone stuck a butcher knife in your spine. the point i was trying to make about the Buddha is that he didn't just continue on completely immune to the pain, he laid down to relieve it. he allowed for the use of substances common in his day as medicine that would be intoxicating in higher doses. the purpose of the 5th precept is to avoid intoxication, and not a demonizing of the substance itself... again the example of the Buddha allowing alcohol in medicine. The Buddha didn't tell people to use opioid narcotics or NSAIDS either, but I seriously doubt he would recommend against their use... really that would be counter to his nature.
just to clear this up, marijuana contains chemicals called cannabinoids that interact with the endocannabinoid system in the brain & body... dulling pain perception in the brain & reducing inflammation. Tylanol (Acetaminophen) also works through this same pathway. its a very common misconception
that the way marijuana relieves pain is through intoxication, but that is not the case
. generally, marijuana used in lower doses is not intoxicating after one acclimates to it... the same way that opioid based pain killers do not intoxicate.
to completely bar a substance for medicinal use is not in line with the teachings of the Buddha.
"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."