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Old 02-16-2020, 11:05 AM   #206
Avery Jenkins
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Dojo: Litchfield Hills Aikikai
Location: Litchfield, CT
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Re: should you smoke marijuana on your aikido journey

I live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, for a variety of diagnoses.

It strikes me that over the years, I have likely been on the mat with all kinds of people on prescribed psychoactive substances, from SSRIs to alprazolam to clonazepam. Even OTC cough/cold medications frequently state "do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking this," because of its neurological effects.

Closer to the bone, there's a heck of a lot of people taking opioids for pain management. These are also mind-altering drugs. There's folks on the mat taking opioids, you can bet your gi on that.

I do not think cannabanoids -- often taken for the same diagnoses as the drugs I just listed -- should be treated any differently. Should someone not be on the mat because they're taking Xanax or Wellbutrin or Oxycontin or even Nyquil? Not unless they are visibly impaired. The same goes for marijuana. imho.

Avery Jenkins
Author of Dark River, to be released in Oct. 2020
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