As far as medicine or substances goes that we take on a regular basis, certainly they can have some benefits, but like St. John's Wort, isn't the Dharma supposed to be our head medicine? I myself struggle with depression, and rather than smoke to bring up my mood, I'd much rather meditate on the preciousness of human life or loving kindness which in my experience can certainly bring me out of those funks I get into.
This level of strictness and "hard" approach to Dharma is not good I think, you are going to burn yourself out on Dharma IMO with this kind of approach, being this harsh on yourself or others with what is right and wrong is a prescription for disappointment, including towards yourself.. just in my experience of course.
Regarding the above statement, like anything loving kindness takes time to create positive potential, and to change our views for some of us anger and dark have been our "normal" state for a long time and we need something beyond just meditation for the time being, it would be nice if we could just sit for five minutes and suddenly we'd be fine, but that is not reality, and if that is your expectation you are setting yourself up for failure, after the "honeymoon is over" with Dharma practice you will know what i'm talking about. Your negative habits and patterns are still there, but right now they are covered up with understandable thrill of being introduced to the Dharma..take it from me, none of the bad stuff is gone yet, you also run the risk of projecting onto other people a view that sounds akin to the same kind of criticism I could get by walking into my local baptist church.
Seeing someone else as less Buddhist than yourself for taking st. John's wort, antidepressants, whatever is not the same as seeing yourself coming from a low place, and if your intent is to "be humble", with respect I think you might be moving the opposite direction with these kinds of patterns.
I'm no expert practitioner by any means, but honestly man, everything you've written so far has basically been a statement that others should stop their behaviors, and practice Dharma in the way you are. I don't take this personally at all, so i'm trying to jump on you, just pointing out a pattern that i've been in personally, and seen in others.
I myself struggle with depression, and rather than smoke to bring up my mood,
Didn't you just recently post a thread arguing for the benefits of Pot, and you've even done so somewhat in this thread. You are telling me "what you do" as if you have some permanent self that has discovered the "correct" way to deal with depression, a self that didn't apparently even exist a few weeks back..do you think it's wise to speak as if this version of you (the one that no longer smokes pot to mask depression) is somehow "real" now? What will the truth be if this self is gone and the old one comes back?
See it as a bubble, see it as a mirage: one who regards the world this way the King of Death doesn't see.