I'm assuming good ol' mary jane is pretty paleo. I go through periods of smoking it and then not, just a puff at night/ before bed, it helps me sleep. Other than a possible case of "the munchies", how does it affect fat loss? Does it slow down my metabolism? If so, is it significant enough to avoid? What has been your experience?
The use of psychedelic drugs is nearly ubiquitous among indigenous peoples worldwide. What was also ubiquitous was that use was grounded in cultural traditions of healing, worship, and community.
My point is that the context is as important as the content.
The same substance, whether it is pot or sugar can be consumed responsibly by some, while others, due to heredity, environment, or trauma are drawn into addictions.
Outside of emotional, legal, or political perspectives, the actual plant, cannabis sativa, is essentially harmless. The LD-50 (dose required to kill 50% of lab animals) is so high that it is essentially impossible to overdose. It is much easier to overdose on coffee than it is on cannabis.
If you want to smoke it, then just smoke it. Please quit justifying it as paleo - you will end up making us look more crazy than we are portrayed in the media.
Marijuana kills cancer cells
It will stop cancer growth
It helps ADHD
Some argue that it is an athletic performance enhancer
It fights inflammation
It can increase brain cell growth
Final bonus link. 3,000 year old Caucasian mummies found in Chinese desert with bags of marijuana. (I know this doesnt make it Paleo but its an interesting story) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28034925/ns/technology_and_science-science/
Adding smoke to the lungs will never be good for any kind of result, we are not designed to breathe smoke. We are not built to eat grain. Our system is not made to digest sugars. Paleo is Paleo due to a concept based on fact and science, not to be trendy.
I couldn't find much on the web about evidence of cannabis being used. It seems like it could have been and I'm sure paleoithic man would have found it useful.
I wonder if there's any evidence of paleoithic man smoking. They could have made "chillums" with wood or used leaves to roll cannabis. Orally cannabis isn't active unless cooked in fat I wonder if paleoithic man knew that.
Psychedelics such as psilocybin and amanita muscaria mushrooms were both consumed during palaeolithic times for shamanistic rituals, dancing and healing. They also probably used lower doses of these to "get high" or increase energy/senses. So at least lower doses are fairly cannabis-like.
about drug use:
During the Paleolithic, there is ample evidence of drug use as seen by preserved botanical remains and coprolites. Some scholars suggest that the Shanidar Cave (a Paleolithic site in Iraq) Flower Burial shows evidence of a shamanic death ritual, but these claims are still being debated. The most direct evidence we have from the Paleolithic in terms of art comes from Tassili, Algeria. From this region, there are several therianthropic images portraying the painter and the animals around him as one (an often cited effect of many hallucinatory drugs, Ego death). One image, in particular, shows a man who has formed into one common form with a mushroom. There are several Paleolithic sites that display therianthropic imagery. However, there is some debate as to whether or not sites like Lascaux or Chauvet were entheogenically inspired.
Of course it isn't "paleo", what ever that actually is, nor is it healthy, no matter how you dress it up or how many tribes you an find that may or may not have smoked it. If you wanty to minimise the harmful affects on your lungs you can use a vaporiser (Robb Wolf talked about this a couple of podcasts back) but it is still harmful, unhealthy and not paleo. I used to smoke it myself so I'm not judging anybody I just think it's silly to try and pretend it's not harmful.
Paleo for me is what optimizes me........pot is far from it. It also has some of the highest levels of omega 6 content of any plant just like hemp. Major pass. Just because it was used then does make it paleo. This kinda of stuff has to be self evident..
First of all, stop talking about the smoke factor. I am pretty sure that Paleos had their marijuana as edibles (possibly brownies :). Chronic smoking of marijuana may not be healthy. However, it does not follow that if x=100 is bad that x = 10 is also bad. Dosage is EVERYTHING and the field of hormesis seems to be making that point. However, there is another factor: MANY people have had revelations using entheogens like psilocbyin mushrooms and ayahuasca and even marijuana (check out the late Carl Sagan's insistence about his revelations with marijuana). Of course, I can't prove it, but I would think that quite possible Paleo man may have had similar revelations that would have positively impacted his evolution. Terence McKenna wrote a book on this, called "The Food of the Gods". Of course, we needn't speculate about the past. I think a study of how ayahuasca has been used by the indigenous peoples in the Amazonian rainforests would make this point.
This is purely from personal experience, but I find cannabis to be a nice alternative to anti-pain and anti-anxiety medications (recovering from a stress-fracture now), and so far it is the ONLY substance that relieves GI-stress associated with accidental gluten exposure. I've tried ginger, peppermint, etc. I find I can get the GI effects from a single puff—definitely not enough to produce a high. Probably not so good for the lungs, but vaporizers and edibles are definitely other options.