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Medical Marijuana: What's Wrong With Euphoria, Anyway?

Posted on  September 25, 2012 by  News Admin

  By Maggie Slighte Gma Maggic 420 Euphoria Merriam-Webster's online dictionary entry for "euphoria" is thus: eu·pho·ria noun \yü-ˈfȯr-ē-ə\ : a feeling of well-being or elation Synonyms: cloud nine, elatedness, elation, ecstasy, exhilaration, heaven, high, intoxication, paradise, rapture, rhapsody, seventh heaven, swoon, transport Antonyms: depression Stedman's Medical Dictionary defines euphoria as: 1. A feeling of well-being, commonly exaggerated and not necessarily well founded. 2. The pleasure state induced by a drug or substance of abuse. The definition I perhaps like the most, comes from the Merriam-Webster's student dictionary. Main Entry: eu·pho·ria Function: noun : a strong feeling of happiness Happiness. I seem to recall a document that was required reading in school with that term in it... it said something like "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. " Happiness. Euphoria.  Is it only to be pursued, never achieved?  In the case of Marijuana or "Medical Cannabis"; it is a controversial "side-effect." The "pleasure state" as in the second medical definition quoted above.  "Controversial" due to the fact that it is THAT particular effect that leads to so many judgments in regards to the use of cannabis, be it recreationally, medically or spiritually. Let us assure ourselves as a society that this side effect is limited to only those "deserving!" Really? What does that mean? Who is to judge who has lived a "good...