I somehow ended up here after a google search about liver damage caused by cannabis abuse.
Interestingly, i have been reading a lot about TCM lately.I have read 3 books from Mantak Chia ( i've got no idea if he's a respected teacher or not, but i resonate with his teachings as they sound truthful and in line with my little experience), and right now i'm reading a book about reading faces.
Anyways, in the middle of my google search i found a website about John Mini who is an american acupuncturist and herbalist who has experience with people who used and/or abused cannabis and went to him for help.
He talks a lot about the need to balance the effects of cannabis and how, if one fails to do this, and is a regular user, can develop problems in the future by damaging your liver and kidney Qi.
I first started using cannabis as a self treatment for depression after a bad breakup, about 8 years ago.
Since i smoked it, and mixed tobacco, the tolerance built fast and for 6 years i used daily.
2 years ago i discovered vaporization and i managed to stop smoking but i continued to use cannabis. Since i no longer used tobacco i was able to control myself and lower my usage 10x comparing to when i did smoke.
However, i still vaporize everyday and i feel like i should stop and do it once a week but i'm having a hard time doing that because cannabis helps me deal with my anxiety and pain.
I should also add that i have practiced yoga for many years, and i meditate everyday although i stoped my regular yoga practice.
I'm a health nut and i love studying about nutrition, natural medicine, and all that relates to human improvement and excelence.
I also tend to eat somewhat close to paleo diet, suplement everyday with hemp seed oil (for my omega 3 and essential aminoacids) and korean ginseng extract (for overall brain and body health).
My purpose right now is to learn some techniques that allow me to not depend on cannabis for my well being, as well as to balance the effects of regular use of cannabis. (i use very little quantity, amounting to 2-3g/month )
On top of that, i'd like to know if there are some routine i can use everyday to improve overall health.
I do the inner smile meditation a lot, but that's about it. I also do breathing exercises at night i learnt in my yoga classes.
I'd also like to immerse myself studying the TAO, but to be honest i don't even know where to start.
Hope i make new friends here, this seems a great community!