Marijuana and Shen



The Physical Effects of Marijuana on Shen

Unbalanced marijuana’s spicy, warm to hot and dry nature can dry up the blood.

Damaged and depleted blood loses its ability to nourish the normal functions of the organs. Lowered organ function means less Shen.

When the blood loses its capacity to nourish, the Shen has nowhere to reside.

Acupuncturists consider any condition that lacks Shen or that harms the Shen to be very serious.



Marijuana Taxes the Blood

Unbalanced marijuana can tax the blood, because the blood does everything it can to support our normal perceptions.

Objective, clear perceptions come from a healthy and thriving Shen.

Marijuana use can damage the Shen by depleting and drying out the blood and memory. An imbalance at this level alters both the structure and function of the brain and nervous system.

Marijuana, Phlegm and Perceptions

The progression of unbalanced marijuana through a person’s life can systematically compromise and even destroy every stage of the fluid metabolism.

As it does, patches of fluid can become congested and create phlegm. This phlegm can lodge in any of the organs, confusing and confounding its functions and distorting a person’s perceptions.

Phlegm-distorted perceptions are diagnostic of damaged Shen.

Burning Out

Shen damage is the final product of burning out. People burn out because of two things: 1) Getting high has used up the nutritional basis in the body for getting high. 2) Physical damage to the body.

The Ritual of Marijuana

Habits slowly become physical parts of the brain and nervous system in the ways they function. The marijuana ritualist builds nervous pathways that support his/her chronic behaviors.




This is only a synopsis of my clinical findings. For extensive details on how to balance and optimize the effects of cannabis using Traditional Chinese Medicine, please refer to

Marijuana Syndromes
How to Balance and Optimize
the Effects of Cannabis
With Traditional Chinese Medicine


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For extensive details on how to balance and optimize the effects of cannabis using Traditional Chinese Medicine, please refer to

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With Traditional Chinese Medicine

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