Hi, I’m a new member and a long time atheist. I’ll spare any of the boring details of my life, etc. I would like to say, though, that I think I may have found a forum that I can call home.
I find it hard to meet people who understand my view of the world (not just in that I am an atheist but a skeptic in general) in my daily affairs and as such no longer have people whom I deem friends, nor do I really have any family who understand (not due to lack of effort, in their defense) the reason for my beliefs (or more accurately, the lack thereof in most cases) although I do have a girlfriend who understands and agrees with me on most points. I’ve opened her mind to a lot of things and in the course of our relationship she has also started considering herself atheistic. Beside the point, but she suffers from a rare form of kidney disease and has been on dialysis on and off for the past decade.
I’m 31 years old and I find it perplexing that people can make it past their 20’s and still hold on to religious ideology and other silly notions and ignore science and the obvious answers which are in the world around us to questions that have posed themselves to man since his origin.
As a starting question, what are some of your feelings towards the use of Medicinal Marijuana, and on a scientific basis do any of you believe that it can be used in cases of mental conditions/disorders instead of SSRI’s? I have no scientific background, I am not an MD or anything of the sort, and I’m on the fence as to whether or not it actually provides any benefits in this area. Any links or information on studies in the area would be appreciated.