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What's So Bad About Weed?

Updated on December 22, 2012

History of marijuana

Pot, weed, ganja, chronic, budda, mary jane, purple haze, cheeba, grass-- these are all terms used to identify marijuana.   A 2011 survey by SAMHSA indicates that 6.9 percent of the population reports use of marijuana making it the most commonly used illegal drug. Marijuana is a Hallucinogenic that takes on the characteristics of a depressant with long term use.  It has been used for thousands of years.  Traces of THC (the active ingredient) have been found in Egyptian mummies dating back 3000 years ago.  The first written records of medicinal use of marijuana date back to China 28BC. The marijuana plant continues to be used today for creating hemp products such as rope and jewelry.  It is also used medicinally.   And, of course, it is smoked "recreationally" by many people worldwide.  So, what's so bad about weed anyway? 

Why Do People Smoke It?

There are many reasons people report using marijuana. Some report that it helps them relax or fall asleep. Others, state that they are more creative under the influence of the drug. Marijuana is often identified as a social drug and is often smoked in groups. Some people report that smoking gives them something to do so they aren't bored. Others identify smoking marijuana to help with anger management, depression, or feelings of anxiety. "It helps me calm down, relax." Marijuana is often a drug of choice for pain management as well. It is great for increasing the appetite and also helps to decrease feelings of nausea. As stated earlier it has been used medicinally for thousands of years.

Marijuana And The Brain

Marijuana is unlike other drugs because it is not a single molecule but rather a complex molecule with over 400 cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the chemicals which give marijuana it's ability to make the user feel high. THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main active ingredient in the marijuana plant. THC is a cannabinoid. The molecules in marijuana are also different than most drugs because they are not water soluble, meaning that they aren't dissolved by water. The molecules are stored in your fat, including in the fatty tissue around and in your brain. Therefore, the molecules stay in your system for weeks, depending on the amount of use. This means that even if you only smoke marijuana once, it can take 7-10 days before HALF of that marijuana has left your body. When you are not high, you are still affected by the drug! (http://adcaps.wsu.edu/default.asp?PageID=224)

A chemical called Anandamide is a natural cannabinoid neurotransmitter in the brain. THC mimics the actions of anandamide, so TC binds with cannabinoid receptors making the brain think it is naturally producing anadamide. It tricks the brain! Long term use of marijuana can clog the pathways that chemicals cross (synapses) and slows/stops production of "feel good" chemicals that the brain naturally produces.

Why is this a problem? Below are a list of areas of the brain that have cannabinoid receptors and are effected by marijuana use.

-Cannabinoid receptors are abundant in:

Cerebellum--------------------------body movement/coordination

Hippocampus------------------------learning/memory

Cerebral Cortex (especially cingulate, frontal, parietal regions)------higher cognitive functions

Nucleus accumbens-----------------------reward center

Basal Ganglia-------------------------------(unconscious) movement control

-Cannabinoid receptors are moderate in:

Hypothalamus------------body housekeeping functions (body temp, salt, water, sugar)

Amygdala--------------emotional response/fear/fight or flight

Spinal Cord----------Peripheral sensation/pain

Brain Stem-----------sleep and arousal, motor control

Central Gray---------analgesia/pain control

Nucleus of solitary tract--------visceral sensation, nausea/vomiting

A 2008 study found evidence that heavy smokers had areas of their brains that were smaller than non-smokers. The hippocampus and amygdala were found to be smaller and those with affected brain size were also more likely to experience mental health symptoms. http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20080602/marijuana...

All of marijuana's effects on the brain are not negative, there are some positive things it can do for a person. It can help to regulate pain, as it acts as a blocker to the pain receptor sites. Marijuana can help decrease symptoms of nausea or vomiting that may accompany illness such as cancer and HIV/AIDS and increase the appetite of a person with such an illness. Symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder can also be managed with marijuana. The affect the substance has on the amygdala causes an ability to relax and be less reactive to things that normally cause fear or discomfort to a person with these disorders. Remember that self-medicating with marijuana is not a good idea. If you are ill and believe that medical marijuana could help you, seek the advice of a physician.

A March 2012 study published by the National Institutes of Health states "Cannabis appears to continue to exert impairing effects in executive functions even after 3 weeks of abstinence and beyond. While basic attentional and working memory abilities are largely restored, the most enduring and detectable deficits are seen in decision-making, concept formation and planning. Verbal fluency impairments are somewhat mixed at this stage. Similar to the residual effects of cannabis use, those studies with subjects having chronic, heavy cannabis use show the most enduring deficits." The full study can be found here: http://pharmacology.ucsd.edu/graduate/courseinfo/B...

Marijuana's Effect on the Rest of the Body

Marijuana increases heart rate by about 50%. Frequent use can lead to the possibility of damage to the heart such as heart murmurs, heart attack, and stroke. People with high blood pressure or other heart problems are obviously at higher risk than a healthy person.

http://www.ehow.com/about_5394966_marijuanas-effec...

http://www.nida.nih.gov/ResearchReports/marijuana/...

alcoholism.about.com/od/pot/a/effects.-Lya.htm

Marijuana also causes irritation to the lungs. The fact that inhaled marijuana smoke is held in the lungs for as long as possible makes it even more irritating to lungs than tobacco smoke. See the following link to read more about marijuana and the lungs. http://www.nida.nih.gov/NIDA_notes/NNvol21N1/Marij...

Remember the info stated above regarding marijuana not being water soluble? Well, marijuana is stored in body fat. The most potent areas of body fat that it is stored in are in the brain and reproductive organs (ovaries and testicles). Because of this, marijuana also has an effect on hormone levels. This can lead to problems with reproduction for both men and woman (http://adcaps.wsu.edu/default.asp?PageID=224). There is also speculation that use of marijuana during adolescence is more dangerous than use in adulthood due to the hormonal changes that are naturally occurring during this time. In December 2010, there was research published indicating that marijuana is linked to testicular cancer in men. See the following link to read more. http://www.nida.nih.gov/NIDA_notes/NNvol23N3/Marij...

One widely recognized effect of marijuana is "the munchies." This occurs due to the cannabinoids in the brain's hypothalumus triggering a false hunger response. People who smoke marijuana tend to eat junk food when they have the munchies, and are therefore, at risk for health problems related to unhealthy eating habits such as obesity and high cholesterol.

Overall, there is a lot of speculation about the possible effects of marijuana on the body. There is more to learn about this topic. The person choosing to use the drug needs to be informed of the possible effects of use and then make a decision about the risk he or she is willing to take.

Is Marijuana Addictive?

In short, yes! Marijuana is addictive, both psychologically and physically. Please see the following information taken directly from the Washington State University Website https://adcaps.wsu.edu/drugs101/marijuana-effects

"Chart C (right): Illustrates a regular (4-5 times per week) marijuana user's THC levels.

The baseline THC levels off but stays in a range to which the brain adapts. Tolerance to the drug develops and when use is terminated abruptly, withdrawal ensues (physiological addiction)."

The withdrawal syndrome includes; insomnia, irritability, anxiety, sweaty palms, loss of appetite, depression, headaches and cravings. These symptoms begin approximately 3-4 days after cessation of use, and symptoms usually dissipate by the 10 th day of abstinence.

Drinking a lot of clear fluids, cranberry juice, foods high in potassium and getting exercise are helpful during this withdrawal period."

Marijuana is psychologically addictive just like almost anything else on the planet can be. A person develops a psychological addiction to something when s/he believes the "thing" is necessary for some purpose. For example, "I need marijuana to relax or sleep."

Don't Think Marijuana Is A Problem?

I receive many comments from people who curse at me, laugh, or are otherwise rude and obnoxious. If you didn't wonder about the dangers of this drug, why would you have continued reading beyond the first paragraph? This lens was created for people who would like some information about the possible effects (negative or positive) of marijuana. It is not a site arguing for or against the legalization of or medical uses for marijuana. People often ask for references. I would suggest any biology book to find out what areas of your brain have canabinoid receptors. I would also suggest going to the NIDA website, WebMD or following any other link above.

I had been publishing all responses to this lens. However, I have been receiving many inappropriate responses lately. This is a "family friendly" site, so please edit your language. If you don't see your comment, it is because there was some inappropriate content. Thanks to all who respond!

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      Weed MAn 5 2 years ago

      Weed is tight

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      smith 2 years ago

      OK this thread is full of lies I am a military vet I am 28 yrs old and had my right to bear arms took from me just for having wat I consider my meds just because u stupid close minded people have a broom stick firmly planted in ur ass. Should not effect the rest of us and how we choose to cope with our lifes. Pot is a great herb with hardly any side effects besides maybe eating alil to much so please get off ur high horse smoke a bowl and join the rest of us maybe people would feel better if u threw in some actual facts like how our founding fathers grew and used marijuana when this country was made so be fore u judge anyone take a look at ur self and how ur taking away our freedom trust me I fought for this so called free country and I'll be damned if I can't smoke a beautiful flower if I want!!

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      Stephen Lococo 2 years ago from Pasco, Washington

      Smoking marijuana can lead to a lot of situations. When they are too high already, they mostly do unsafe sex. This then leads to having sexually transmitted diseases. I suggest if you have been having unsafe sex, get yourself tested right away. Please visit http://sexualwellnesscenters.com/std-testing-near-... for more information. Thank you.

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      Anonymous 2 years ago

      Thank you for such enlightening information. I am a weedy. I have been for nearly 30 years. I smoked more when I was younger, now I am in my 60's. I smoke lightly, but I still look forward to my relaxing time smoking a joint or two with my husband, and watching some football, or tennis. I have had no respiratory problems, or any health problems that I know of due to the fact that I smoked marijuana. What makes it even better is that I am retired.

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      wellness therap 3 years ago

      @anonymous: glad you were able to learn something from this post. The withdrawl symptoms are listed and include things like headache, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. The symptoms tend to be less intense with marijuana than with some other drugs.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      i was learning alot when i read this and i really think its unbiased, but how is marijuana physically addictive? i have never heard of any withdrawal symptoms for not using it

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Thereâs a point I would like to make with all this controversy on government legislation for Marijuana that I donât think people stop to consider. First of all the government isnât stupid- they first presented the facts on why weed is dangerous, the toxins in it and the long-lasting devastating effects it can have on the body and mind. Scientists and researchers presented this first because those are the facts. The sudden swift legislation changes you see are not from the fact they suddenly know there are some medicinal qualities to it (ones that can be extracted and given safely without the other harmful chemicals.) This has been known for a long time. Itâs called reverse psychology- let the people think they persuaded the government to change their ideas on it so when and if the legalization happens, people will embrace it and more people... more young people may I add as well will choose to do this drug as recreational. The government wonât pass something that isnât in their best interests. You canât pass some other mind-dulling drugs because they donât have as much support for the few ingredients that are medicinal and some of those are too obvious because those drugs kill quicker... but Marijuana kills slowly, perfect. Less retired people to pay out pensions for but long-enough life spans for citizens to work and die. Marijuana dulls the mind, calms the people and makes you more compliant and what is better than a more compliant and agreeable society that wonât riot? Now you have a much more controlled populace of people that are easier to manipulate and agree with policies. Society canât blame the government when itâs too late and the damage has been done because they will simply state they were abiding with what they wanted. All the petitions for Marijuana youâre signing and pushing for- you are nothing more than the puppets in a fanciful play. You are FOR the government- helping them. Iâm sure you will get what you wanted in time (they need to make society think itâs a process) letâs just see if you will like what youâre going to get.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cannabis cures cancer. Lots of US patents exist for cannabis as an anti-cancer agent. That is something you wont'find in bias government studies. cannabis is not physically addictive and it will make your braincells grow not schrink. Get your facts straight!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wellness therap: You can't prove smoking tobacco causes or doesnt cause cancer. There is just no way to fully prove that. There are studies that report a correlation between smoking and cancer but correlation is not causation.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wellness therap: I don't smoke cannabis, I've never had any amount of THC in my body, and I don't plan on it. But in all reality, you're stating off y saying that you don't want to push either case, but in all reality you're just being biased. You both have valid points. It's time to stop being immature and drop this.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wellness therap: Thank-you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Iâm not making Marijuana seem a lot worse than it is- Iâm just stating the facts and if you think you read something that made it sound worse than you thought than you are just dealing with being informed on something you didnât know before. Comparing fatalities of driving and alcohol does not disprove the fact that Marijuana is a valid harmful drug and poisonous plant. Those things are dangerous when not done responsibly- nobody said they werenât. If you read my statement carefully you would see I stated that research is only coming out now on the effects of Marijuana because this generally wasnât a popular drug until the 1960âs. Also remember that a lot of users who use Marijuana also use cigarettes and other drugs as well so the effects on just Marijuana isnât always easy to discern. There are obviously people who did die from overdosing on Marijuana- but its long-term overdose like with cigarettes. Also, just because there hasnât been a study published on it yet doesnât mean it does not exist and again just like cigarettes nobody is going to light enough joints to cause death right away (by the way- it would be from carbon monoxide suffocation if in a closed room.) Also, just like you can die from nicotine overdose you can also die from THC overdose as well. Yes, Iâve seen the commercials and there are a lot of terrible man-made drugs out there and again I never said those were all good either but their side-effects are the result from ingredients used to try and help the patient, not actual poisonous ingredients like cyanide and benzopyrene (to name a couple found in Marijuana) and any symptoms from those man-made drugs are actually not worse than Marijuana- you just donât hear people stating all the ill-effects, symptoms and side-effects to you when youâre given Marijuana. Iâm not so down about a natural plant that can help a patient with their problems- by all means, please go sign petitions that âextractâ the medicinal ingredients and give it to the patient safely instead of pushing legislation of an obvious poisonous plant and harmful drug. The negatives outweigh the positives in Marijuana as the only known ingredient that is medicinal is THC. Also, I know Marijuana doesnât have to be smoked and you can eat it like other edible herbs but that doesnât mean that it âisâ edible because remember those 400 ânaturalâ ingredients? They also contain harmful poisons as well and can lead to degradation of DNA, mental impairments in long-term cognitive functions and negatively affect the reproductive system to just name a few. Castor beans are natural and have one of the most toxic poisons on earth- so just to imply something comes naturally from the Earth doesnât mean you should put it in your mouth.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am in africa becau I wanted cheep ganja and I get an once of bag due just £15 so I don't have any money problems. First time I tried to stop smoking I had a very big problem like could not sleep eat and i found our that the more i smoked of one type purple skunk the kess i would want to smoke.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: not sure what driving and overdosing have to do with one another? Also, we aren't comparing alcohol and marijuana. We know alcohol is dangerous. Medical marijuana is valid and useful. I didn't argue that it wasn't. I stated information that describes potential risks to long-term users.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: How often do you drive a vehicle? In 2005 a study showed that over 40,000 men, women, and children died in car accidents, yet you drive on a daily basis? Yet there is 0 reports of a person ever overdosing on marijuana. Now, you said that there are 400 chemicals in marijuana at its normal state, and 2000 when its smoked. Medical marijuana does NOT have to be smoked. It is edible like other herbs, and be consumed by the patient. Also, do you drink alcohol? Alcohol is a poison. In 2005, took the lives of 75,000 people just in the united states. So what im saying here is your making marijuana seem alot worse then it is. Sure there are negatives of it, but there is also positives. Just like everything else on earth. And i dont know if you've ever watched a commercial for any type of manmade medicine but they go on and on about side affects that include worse symptom's then that of what your claiming marijuana does, yet millions of people take it for there illness. Just as medical marijuana users use marijuana for there symptoms. So please, dont be so down about a natural plant that can help a patient with there problems.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I found a study once that said heroin is not addictive and can help people's heart...just sayin'

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm simply too lazy to dig up the study but researchers in it concluded cannabis smoke is not only NOT detrimental to your lung health but (expecting it to be damaging) said that it may even act as a sort of protective against lung decline and or cancer. It was published in early 2012 and I remember reading into the actual study. it was legitimate. Having smoked daily a year I would say MODERATION. Marijuana is potentially very beneficial to your health based on my research. But you should wait until your brain has finished developing around ages 24-26 (women's develop faster by a year or two) as I have now decided to do. I quit cold turkey with no issues. I would agree it is addictive especially since the DSM is adding it but I personally had no problems. Also it is used to treat MANY cancers and MANY people pointlessly die when its use is not a option because of legality. Its really screwed up. The cancer industry has known about this since the 60's (?) I believe. Its been a while since I've done my reading :/ Also used to treat depression and alzheimer's disease and its well known that THC acts as a neuro-protective and helps prevent natural memory and cognitive decline. I'm not saying smoke, I'm not saying its all good for you and my post here is next to useless without references to the studies but I thought I'd share some things I learned in my research before I ever did it. I never actually wanted to smoke cannabis but I don't regret it. (yet?...) LSD is the only experience I ever wanted though. My thought on that is "Hey, Steve jobs shaved his head, became a monk, dropped acid a few years and came back to forever change the world." That's my plan B ;)

      Okay I have ADD...did I just ramble stupid stuff? I'm gonna stop here.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: hmmm....what study did you read that smoking DOESN'T cause cancer?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hey guys only thing i have to add is (smoke) by it self does not make you have cancer. i smoke paper i did not get cancer its obvious that this has been one of the many bullshits that point at cigarettes weed is different stop saying smoke can make you have cancer that's BS!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All I see is excuses to smoke weed. This blog is very informative on the "Possible" effects of marijuana use. It does say possible right? Everyone is going to be effected differently. I myself smoke marijuana on occasions and I have had bad experiences as well as Great ones. All in all the blog was placed here for informational purposes. Use it as research. I see a lot of y'all have some good information too. Keep it up. Together we can save lives!

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @NibsyNell: Very good point

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      I wouldn't ever buy cannabis because my money would then be funding organised crime. In the UK (where cannabis is illegal) we have a lot of human slaves forced to work in cannabis factories, many of which are children. You've got to consider, when buying something that isn't legal/regulated how many people are being exploited as a result.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The government has nothing to do with the facts, they are responsible for creating laws including if a substance/product should be legal or illegal. That is it. The facts are from scientists and researchers in the field of study in drug and substances including the chemicals contained within and the effects on the body. Nobody can argue the facts. Marijuana when smoked is a drug. It is not natural anymore when you burn any part of the plant and inhale the smoke. Any smoke is dangerous to the lungs; it is not needed and not natural. It can lead to the break-down of alveoli in the lungs (the part responsible for helping to exchange oxygen in the blood.) Marijuana contains 400 chemicals naturally and 2000 chemicals when smoked, 30 of which are carcinogenic (cancer-causing). The only ingredient known to have medicinal qualities is THC, one ingredient out of 2000 which means Marijuana when smoked has 1999 chemicals (including cyanide, tar, benzopyrene and carbon monoxide) that are potentially dangerous- The result? Marijuana may be over 90% poison. The dangerous chemicals found outweigh any medicinal ones. Marijuana is not proven to be a less dangerous drug- the reason this is stated is because the complete effects of Marijuana over a long period of time are just getting understood now as not a lot of studies have been conducted because the drug did not gain popularity in society until the 1960s and those who were smokers are now into their senior years. As a result new information has been coming out continuously and those who now enjoy the drug, not wanting to face withdrawal symptoms or stopping something they are familiar with and enjoy would rather continue then face the facts. The reality has little to do with making something legal or illegal- making it legal only means everybody (including young teens) will have an easier chance on getting their hands on it, just like cigarettes- which is why it is a good idea to keep it illegal. The idea here is to inform people of the facts and understand that this is something that is dangerous to the body, legally or illegally. There have been recent studies stating that Marijuana is linked to testicular cancer, immune deficiencies, slower cognitive functions, birth defects and even psychosis... just to name a few. Knowing the amount of harmful chemicals compared to any that could be medicinal proves that the idea of Marijuana helping more patients then harming- is ludicrous and similar to stating that using Lysol instead of Polysporin on a cut is helpful to the patient simply because there are ingredients in the product that help to destroy harmful bacteria even though there is a higher amount of dangerous chemicals that can cause more harm than help.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: your replay is simply that the author of this page never smoked weed??? Wow, brilliant.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yah yah memory loss blah blah use for sleep blah blah ... some is true ..some are not.. clearly you never smoked weed.So how the hell would you know dude? Everybody inhales weed diffrently. Ther for everybody is diffrent when tken it. I have not yet met a person that I had any health problems or anyone for that matter. I know people that would smoke a fat blunt and not crash ..and function just fine. so until you smoked and had the full on pot head experiance then you will understand till i see some one with a heart problem who cant count to 100, then ya i'll be a believer. I think half of this shit is supposed to scare people From doing it and stoping complealty.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Whom do you outsmart?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I believe some of the things you are stating but half of the shit you wrote is bullshit. Weed made me a successful entrepreneur and i out smart you.

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      hiryugouki 4 years ago

      I agree with the downsides for heavy smokers and long-time users. However, I find it absurd that scientists have conducted studies to show that marijuana is the least dangerous drug we have, and yet lobbyists are still pushing to keep it illegal. Again, I can see how the damage might affect a long-time or heavy weed smoker. But, in moderation, weed, like alcohol (wine only), can actually be beneficial in some ways. You get my point, and I will post some stories I dig up about my argument later.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I "should inform myself"? If you mean I should do research, I did, and the info is provided. Everything that you stated about withdrawl symptoms indicates that you recognize having them. Withdrawl=addictive. The anxiety comment is just odd and I am not sure how to respond. And, people have had heart attacks and died (very young people too). Maybe you could do a little "informing yourself" before commenting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think you should inform yourself before posting these because if you keep on listening to the government people are always going to hate you because the government is lying to everyone when it comes to cannabis I use it every day and it is only mentally addictive you will feel mild cravings because thc is fat soluble it takes a long time for it to get out of your system unlike crack or cocaine that will only take about 2 days it true that you wont be able to sleep and will have headachs and if cannabis leaded to heart attacks people would already have died from it and the reason why you experience anxiety its just because it is not legal

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I wasn't trying to argue with you. I have already done my research and cited it. I have read many sources-- pros and cons. Thank you for your concern that I may be brainwashed. I will remember that the next time the gov't sends me a check for millions lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wellness therap: I never said I was an expert. I just did my research from many different reliable sources. And the proff is there. Why did the government patent it if its so bad. Patent # 6630507. And That's all you have to say about all my facts? Just one argument that some doctors are for it and some are not. Thanks for proving that you can't back up any of ur supposed facts. These doctors you speak of are the same ones who have never actually studied anything with cannabis, so they only know what the government and big pharm has been telling them. Yet it's ok for them to give us these pills and procedures that kill 15000 people a month. If you break ur leg or need antibiotics go to a doctor that's all they know. Think of how many different pills are out there. How can any doctor keep up with these pharm companies and what's in there pills and how it effects people. Just listen to a commercial telling you about a new drug that will help you, yet there are 50 different insane effects that we should never have to deal with. And almost always includes death. Cannabis has never killed anyone. Go on YouTube and watch run from the cure. By Rick Simpson. Or read his book. If you still feel the same after that. Than you have been completely brainwashed by the government and big pharm and there is no hope for you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wellness therap: You're welcome.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: There are doctors who are for or against cannabis, so we can find arguments on either side. Just because you have found a doctor that you agree with doesn't make you an expert on the affects of cannabis on the body.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You go ahead and take all those pills the doctor gave you. Cause non of those have any chemicals in them. Give me a break you idiots. The body has an endocannibinoid system that regulates all other systems in the body. There are more cb1 receptors in the brain than any other protein. But its bad though, weird how all the stuff you talked about has been disproven by doctors that actually study and have a masters on the cb1 receptors and there affects on the brain and body. So go ahead and keep listening to ur all knowing government cause they have a patent of cannibinoids and there medical properties yet its bad for us. Why did they patent it if its so bad. Maybe you should all do ur homework before listening to people that have been making billions of dollars off you and ur illnesses. They don't care about you or ur health. Only money! Cannabis kills cancer. Get with it people. Oh yeah, btw prescription drugs are the most abused drugs in the US by adults and kids. And the 3rd leading cause of death in the US is by medical doctors. 15000 people die every month because they don't know what there doing. In thousands of years not one single death has been contributed to using cannabis. Weird! Stop listening to these crackpots and do some research people. Cannabisnationradio.com listen to this show and get some real facts from a doctors who has a masters in thus field. He is a court appointed canon is expert. It's time to wake up and smell the cannabis people.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wellness therap: Unfortunately, all six links that I try to post here are mistakenly categorized and comes up with "Sorry, this message looks like spam and cannot be posted here. [CP-0006]." So- I'll just list the names of the sites that I was going to list that have this information on Marijuana use linked to testicular cancer. NBC news states that Scientists at the University of Southern California say they've detected a link between recreational marijuana use and a greater chance among males in their early teens through their mid-30s of contracting a particularly dangerous form of testicular cancer. BBC news states that just being a marijuana smoker seemed to carry a 70% extra risk, while those who smoked it regularly, or had smoked from an early age, had twice the risk compared to those who had never smoked it. CBS news states that the study - published online September 10 in the American Cancer Society's journal, Cancer -suggests that not only recreational pot-use but medicinal marijuana-smoking may be risky for young males. Science Daily states that published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that the potential cancer-causing effects of marijuana on testicular cells should be considered not only in personal decisions regarding recreational drug use, but also when marijuana and its derivatives are used for therapeutic purposes in young male patients. Menâs Fitness states that one explanation for the increased risk of testicular tumors in young guys may be that marijuana smoke may cause testicular carcinogenesis. Thatâs because the main ingredient in pot that interacts with your body affects the endocannabinoid system (which is linked to your hormones). Also, Business Standard states that they found that men with a history of using marijuana were twice as likely to have subtypes of testicular cancer called non-seminoma and mixed germ cell tumours. These tumours usually occur in younger men and carry a somewhat worse prognosis than the seminoma subtype.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wellness therap: You're welcome Wellness-Therapy-Center and absolutely. Here are several articles (which I had to reformat without quotes and will try to list individually because the site wouldn't let me post it in complete correct citation):

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the comment. Can you provide links or resources for the info you stated about cancer?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Whether it is eaten, *absorbed in any way or smoked it has recently been proven to be linked to testicular cancer and when it is smoked it has over 2000 chemicals- 30 of which are carcinogenic. (*- Added for further clarification.)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All strains of Marijuana are drugs when it is in any way ingested, absorbed into the body or smoked. It isnât good for the body when smoked because any smoke is damaging to the lungs. The plant Cannabis Sativa contains 400 chemicals naturally. Whether it is eaten or smoked it has recently been proven to be linked to testicular cancer and when it is smoked it has over 2000 chemicals- 30 of which are carcinogenic. These are facts and actually can be linked to transparent and scientific studies. Medicinal Marijuana is contradictive not just because it is a drug, but because of those associated risks that come with it and because not all the risks are known. Human beings can ingest a lot of poisonous material and substances for many years and some people do not get any effects- it does not mean the effects, risks and consequences do not exist it simply means these people happen to still have the chance to make wiser choices for themselves, their families and friends when others did not and before it may be too late for them. It is not just the actions you make that can make the world a better place but the actions you do that help influence others to make. If I am going to influence anyone it will be to make healthy choices, have a positive attitude and do good for others and all life in this world. I will not influence others to do drugs, hate or create havoc in this world- that will not be my legacy. Ask yourself- what will be yours? If you are reading this right now it means you have the option to do better and great things for this world, you have the ability and power to make this world a better place to be. Life is temporary, in the short time you are here- what can you do, say, create or help to influence others to make better choices for themselves and the world? Legalizing any drug that can cause potential harm (besides for medicinal purposes for the most extreme last resort cases- which is rare) is simply not important enough, necessary or even a smart decision to make if you can go and sign other petitions, volunteer or create change that can help save lives, the environment and make an impact for the better for you, your family, friends and future generations in this world.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: lol, ikr

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: yeah except if you drink a healthy amount of water a day, your not going to want more because your no addicted, and its no going to have harmful effects. Its only when people decide to like drink a lake that they have problems.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You call the government ignorant but earlier you yourself made the point that we all are. There aren't enough studies to fully gauge the effects of the drug, so there should be more. By asserting that people should automatically use it when you yourself said the effects aren't known, aren't you being the ignorant one? Furthermore, there are some things we do know. Basic fact is everything has an influence on your body, and things that result in especially strong feelings often have strong effects on the body. Smoking weed a few times is probably not going to harm you, but weed is a drug and drugs block receptors in your brain hence your brain starts to make less of them. That's basic biology. Also, it's at least as bad for your lungs as cigarettes, if not worse. People just get pissy about the weed issue because they don't want to admit that it could have an effect on your body, or that we should at least research the effects more. Instead they immediately assert with no evidence that it's good for you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: .....haha

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: thanks for sharing

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Just because you didn't hallucinate doesn't change the legal classification of the drug. Additionally, you are talking out your butt and calling others liars? Maybe you better watch out for karma.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wellness therap: It actually does matter it is a light psychadelic you cannot hallucinate from it I have smoked for seven years in joints as big as one ounce and it hasn't affected me as bad as one drag from a cigarette or a couple sips of liquor. Liquor is a depressant marijuana is not it can only cause acute airway problems until the high is gone but how dare you lie and spread propaganda about what I use for my scoliosis and weight loss lying to get a negative made up point through is childish and I believe in karma so I never need to take action for an action to be taken.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      marijuana is good for every body it should be legalized.....

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @BigRedDomino: It doesn't matter one way or the other if I have or haven't smoked weed, but glad you are inspired to do some writing of your own.

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      BigRedDomino 4 years ago

      I was reading this thinking "What's so bad about it?"...I thought you were going to proclaim how it's NOT so bad. My bad! I'd have to say 'Heavy Users' are in a seperate category from 'Medicinal Users' or 'Regular Users' or 'Sometimes Users'. I've been around this ILLEGAL "drug" my entire life, and think that you're information applies to ALL users. Thanks for inspring me to think about writiting a lens about What's So Good about it! Honestly, I didn't realize how many parts of the brain it affected. Good to know. I agree that long-time, heavy users, may have issues with their natural pleasure responses. Decent Lens...my question is: have YOU ever smoked weed?

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm not exactly sure, but I think you implied that I am being paid by drug companies? I don't prescribe medication, so that is not remotely true. There are many articles and studies that one can access online that give positive or negative possible effects of marijuana. I even found an article that states that using heroin isn't addictive "as long as you never stop." It is a no-brainer ,pardon the pun, that ingested cannabinoids interfere with the brains natural production of cannabinoids. It is the same as those prescription drugs you talk about. They interfere with the brains natural production of dopamine, norepinephrine, seratonine, etc. Unless you are arguing that ingested chemicals do not effect the brain?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      more than 70% of this article has been proven in other studies that this in fact does not happened and that the actually prompts the brian to create all these chemicals, also, tho only proven fact of the brain becoming restricted from thc is the frontal lobe in teenagers, there has been no proven study shown that the brian becomes impaired or restricted, sounds cheesy but they are all assumption, and when you said, be carful and don't self medicate your self. this proves that your one from a lobbyist prospective grasping all the pharmaceutical disasters and grinning at them as they pore money directly into your hand. pharmaceutical drugs show nothing be major deadly side affects that begin a sever addiction and a rewind life. open your mind to the positive affects and you will see that it is nothing but a cure that the government its crashing down with there ignorant fist because it does not put green paper in lobbyist hands.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @madeinamericasc1: This is not a site for arguing about the legalization of pot. Additionally, I have met many drug dealers and none of them were "good citizens."

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      madeinamericasc1 4 years ago

      Hi,

      When was the last person killed from smoking pot? You can find all kinds of overindulgence in liquor that have led to deaths. The decision to use or not use Pot is personal, and the US Government should legalize it. This would free up a ton of money that is spent making criminals out of good citizens. Then the drugs that are a true menace to society could be fought with more public support and money. Trillions of dollars are wasted every year, yet the persistent supply still exists. Who are we kidding. People want pot, and you know what? It is not as bad as liquor. America should wake up. You want warnings on Pot - then perform real clinical studies, transparent reports. The biggest harm to society from Pot is that the illegal supply chain arm themselves. Lets let the government make money from Pot, just like liquor. Use the money saved from not enforcing laws, and from the newly found taxes to study pot, give the warnings, and enforce drug laws on truly destructive drugs.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for your comment. I would argue that the references cited are more than "walls of text..without citations." All of the references tell you where they obtained their info. Additionally, one of the reasons it is difficult to find studies done without using NIDA or other government sites is because in the US the government controls the distribution of cannabis for studies and it forces the researcher to site the government. It doesn't make the research less valid. Not sure where you were going with the comment about alcoholics laughing at the idea that marijuana is addictive. I know many alcoholics who understand that marijuana is addictive to them. Just go to an AA meeting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I appreciate your information. Obviously a lot of people are either misinformed or in denial of the effects that marijuana has on your body. I have smoked it before, but stopped when I realized it's unhealthy. You only get one body and people should learn to respect it, not poison it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would take this article with a grain of salt. For example, a lot of your references are just other websites that are walls of text explaining almost identical points but without citations. Ehow and .gov websites are not credible sources. It's pretty clear that nothing the government says about marijuana can be trusted, seeing as they banned it based on racism and junk science (see the Rhesus Monkey study done by Dr.Robert Heath).

      Secondly if you look closely, there are potential flaws in the methodology and assumptions of the scientific studies done regarding marijuana. In the last paragraph of "Marijuana and the Brain", you cite a review written by Rebecca Crean even admits to a few studies with disparate findings. But disparate findings are fine, the problem arises when she ASSUMES that the findings were due to differences in usage. Logical? Perhaps. Scientifically rigorous? No. When Im searching for good information on marijuana, I'm not looking for more claims about how it's bad for me. Show me numbers, show me rigorous studies. I've been searching for some all night, and none of this is any more valid than the pot studies. Who is the public to trust, when the anti-marijuana proponents are as foolish as the stoners? Telling, perhaps.

      As somebody who smokes pot fairly frequently, both for pain management from a recent shoulder surgery AND recreationally, I find that there are little to no withdrawal symptoms. This is, of course, simply anecdotal evidence. I regularly quit and cleanse my body of THC, just to start smoking a few weeks after im totally clean. Then again, it could be this regular practice that keeps me from addiction. Of course it can be addictive, just as any other substance. But if you tell an alcoholic that weed is addictive, they will laugh in your face. Marijuana addiction will never compare to the hell and agony that is an alcohol or heroin withdrawal.

      I am also aware that I did not address every point in your article. My intent isn't to break it down, but rather provide a reasonable basis for cynicism.

      Cheers.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm not sure what you mean when you say there are gaps in the studies because marijuana is not compared to anything?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thank you, there is a few gaps in all marijuana studies because it is not compared to anything. Me personally I would like to see the comparence of say weed to alcohol thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Marijuana IS ADDICTING. me of all people can know that for a fact. It may not get addicting at first, but i promise you it can. I know this for a fact. So dont you dare say that it is not addicting and that its not bad for you. Because it is.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: im a teenage girl also, and I get made fun of and I go through rough times also. But my dad smoked weed, and Meth, he did acid, and other drugs. But mostly he would smoke weed, and it got outs hand, he nearly died because of smoking it abusively. He had gotten addicted, and my advice to you is only smoke weed when you need to calm down,like u had said. But you shouldn't smoke it daily, or like all the time. And dont try others drugs, because then it can really get out of control and soon you will get addicted. So im not accouraging weed, but it seems that it helps you so just stick to that.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: there are a lot of things "put on Earth" but I wouldn't suggest you smoke them. I am not sure that marijuana was placed here to be smoked. It has many other uses.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It seems marijuana is bad only if you abuse it...lol but that goes for anything even water. Abuse of water consumption can drown you internally but people say its good for you. Yes water is good for you just dont abuse it. Same for marijuana its a plant as long as you dont abuse it your fine :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ithink of it as this...if people say that weed/marijuana is so bad for people then y make it...now they have weed to cure people which ithink is fine I'm jus sayin if people think its a problem why did they put it on earth for people to smoke

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @KingGogz: Thank you for your honest response

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      KingGogz 4 years ago

      Very nice and informing lens !

      I am twenty years old I have been smoking cannabis for the best part of 7 years and while people may say that cannabis " Cannot " be an addictive substance, It is. While Cannabis may not be a "Physical" addiction such as, Cocaine, Meth, Pain Killers, Heroine etc , there is a " Menta l" Addiction lurking in the background . This may not effect people that use cannabis for recreational uses and only inhale it every now and again, But for people such as myself and many many others it becomes the centre of our day and social life. Your will hunger for the effects of smoking cannabis from the second you wake up to the second you fall asleep and if these needs arnt met there is the problems of depression, anxiety, Paranoia, Anger Issues etc. But while taking this drug may solve all theses problems in the short term you become dependent on it for such simple things as Sleeping, Talking in crowds, Remaining focused etc , but while you think it may be " Helping " you it is really making it worse in the long term.

      I am all for the use of Medical Cannabis in treating serious illnesses, trauma, Mental health and recreational but at the end of the day it will become a very expensive lifestyle and when you cant afford it thats when the problems start.

      King Gogz

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: @life sucks: I hope that you seek some therapy to address all of the life issues you are struggling with. Never be afraid to ask for help.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: yes it is addicting!!! you must be a pot head

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi. I am a young teenage girl. I have a bad life. I get made fun if by the people that call me there friends. I am over weight and cant seem to do anything about it no matter how hard i try. I am a freshmen in highschool in a small town. I have done things that i regret. I love to play softball but i no loger can due to injuring both of my knees and having major surgery on one back in october. I smoke hookah(flavored tabbaco) and i drink. I went through a phase that i used my pain pills from my injury to get high(by taking 4-5 at a time) my one true friend got worried about me and he made me stop. I stopped back at the end of november. Things got better for a little while and now they are worse than ever. My best friend often smokes weed. Before today i had never tried it. I tried it with him for the first time today after being unable to get any pills for my 'high'. I don't regret it. Even if u claim it is a depressant, it helps me calm down and made me feel like i wasn't depressed for the first time since i stopped taking pills. Even after reading this article i don't have any regrets about doing it. I'm not gonna become a pot head but i know that when ever i really need to calm down i have a way. I appreciate u writing this article to inform people but anyone who smokes is gonna disagree with u said even if they are valid points. I am ranked 1st for my class, taking almost all upper level courses. Not everyone who smokes is a slacker. I have the strive and determination to not let this stand in my way of good grades and being successful. My biology teacher, who i look up to, was a frequent smoker in high school and college. He still managed to graduate top of his class in high school, get a doctorates degree in the medical field and is only a teacher because that is what he loves to do. I hope to go to college and major in molecular and cell biology. Yes i may smoke but that doesn't mean it has to take over my life.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: poetic, but closed-minded and assumptive

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The eyes are blurred of those who never used,

      Their minds and logic trapped in social absurd

      Why should we suffer, martyrs of their madness?

      Should they just try... and become open-minded

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wellness therap: HAHAHAHHA. That is a GREAT point. And don't worry- this is a well-written article that scientifically provides unbiased facts from both the pro and con side. To the commentators who claim that Marijuana isn't addicting- look at the facts. Of course not EVERYONE is addicted to it- everybody is different. But Marijuana is, by definition, addictive. Just like alcohol and nicotine. Anyway, great job!

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Not everyone experiences withdrawl symptoms. And, with marijuana, those symptoms can be very subtle. Oftentimes, people think they just feel "off." Just because everyone doesn't experience withdrawl, does not mean that the substance isn't addictive. I have seen many people who drink daily but experience no symptoms of withdrawl when they stop. It doesn't mean alcohol isn't addictive.

      There is all kinds of information on the web. The info here is the best I can find that does not exaggerate. If you don't agree, that is fine.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Not to be firm dick or anything but this has some of the most misinterpreted information I've seen on the web I've smoked weed for little over 2 1/2 years and I have to say the people who say its physically addicted are misleading the flock. I have taken weeks to see if I could go without cravings and or the normal withdrawal. The part that gets me is I actually feel better and think better without it which in itself makes me want to quit ever so more. But I have chronic pain next to my shoulder blade. But I have yet to understand why I have heard that it has 2,000 carcinogens or what ever the so called scientist have said on marijuana. The fact is those studies are those of the smokers that use papers or joints and blunts.both of which are unhealthy for you and long use causes lung irritation and one of which contains tobacco leaves and other chemicals to make it flavored. Water pipes vaporizers are the most cleanest use and has taken off since before legalized marijuanan. And if your child is a user being a parent who says don't do this don't do that. WILL never work. Do you remember when in your teens you may have smoked cannibis,you may not have but when you were that age whenever your parents told you not to do something and you did it any ways.your kid is going to smoke if you throw lies like your going to die if you smoke or your going to get lung cancer. He's going to find out like how Santa clause isn't real and find out mommy and daddy don't know anything and that you are dumb and hypocritical you are etc honestly you should.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Just a suggestion, but until you have correct information, you may want to change your user name. "Expert" is not accurate with that comment.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Marijuana isn't a depressant

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Smoking anything is not natural. There are other ways and things you can take that can help you to relax that will not cause any harm to your body, mind or well-being and they can be healthy for you. Medicinal marijuana should be used when no other means are available and if that is the better option for a certain condition or serious illness- that's what it should be legalized for only, otherwise your just abusing drugs that you don't even need. In fact when smoked, marijuana contains 2000 chemicals in which over 30 of those are carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and anyone claiming it helps with cancer treatments should research just what the particular chemicals in the plant are that are linked to help certain cancers because the actual smoking part will only do more harm. In fact some recent findings have found marijuana causes testicular cancer, has more cancer-causing agents than in tobacco smoke and can cause the destruction of DNA and cells in the body over time. There is really nothing bad about the plant Cannabis Sativa, the use of it for hemp-made products and for ecologically renewable products is wonderful- itâs when it is smoked and used as a recreational drug that it becomes hazardous.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I smoked and vaped everyday for 3 years and when you stop, you cannot sleep for a week or so, you wake up with cold sweats, its screws with your appetite. Think about it, you consume a depressant every night before bed 1000days in a row, and then all the sudden you stop...you think it won't have an effect on you?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wellness therap: So, what you are saying is that "normal" people are supposed to be depressed, or be in pain? No one is perfect. There are many reasons people do this drug, be it smoke or digesting it. If it regulates these receptor sites aren't working properly then why not help them along? Just my two cents, though...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It would appear that quite a lot of people are too dumb to take the facts to heart. Obviously smoking ANYTHING is bad. I mean, you light something on fire, then inhale the smoke. Of course it's bad for you! People die from smoke inhalation quite often. That plus marijuana use can get you THROWN IN JAIL. So I'm curious why you would want to use it anyway. With all the risks that come with it and that you CAN get put in jail, it seems like a really dumb idea to use it

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @makarenko: Thanks!

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: This is a lens about the potential dangers of marijuana use. I direct people to find info on the medicinal uses because this is not a page for that info.

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      wellness therap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Well, studies have shown differently. Maybe you are lying to yourself?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Furthermore, marijuana is not physically addicting!! You are either lying to the public or are misinformed yourself!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Are you kidding me? "People who smoke marijuana tend to eat junk food when they have the munchies, and are therefore, at risk for health problems related to unhealthy eating habits such as obesity and high cholesterol." What a load of bs! People who get the munchies are still in control of what they intake! "The fact that inhaled marijuana smoke is held in the lungs for as long as possible makes it even more irritating to lungs than tobacco smoke." This is simply not true. As an addictive substance tobacco is smoked more frequently than marijuana which, even at most use, doesn't contain the same amount of carcinogens as you are not smoking the plant in its totality. How is this unbiased? You gave maybe five sentences weighing the pros of weed and the rest of your article consisted of cons.

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      sosanerd300 4 years ago

      @anonymous: aint nobody got time for that

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      sosanerd300 4 years ago

      ill smoke weed my friends do it they dont get addicted

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wellness therap: What about doctors that tell people that smoking a joint is like smoking 6 or 7 cigarettes? They are obviously mis-informed because if that were true marijuana would then be the leading cause of lung cancer hahaha You'd definitely hear about it on the news or read about it in the paper...Sooooo whats up with that?

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      makarenko 4 years ago

      You did a great job explaining the facts, and if someone disagrees - let them write something equally as thorough and make their points there (perhaps some of the lost the ability to do so) - keep speaking your truth and NEVERMIND THE HATERS! <3

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Why do people drink ?, it is not even a healing resorce ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just felt the urge to say that cannabis actually is used to treat some lung disease such as asthma, which I unfortunately was born with, also that for my scoliosis cannabis is a non-habit forming pain reliever that unlike muscle relaxers does not cause permanent muscle tissue damage, or addictive narcotics, or acetaminophen which induces ulcers, liver failure and kidney disease. Hashish ( a form of concentrated cannabis ) has also been being used FOR children with mental disorders, to calm them down during child like hissy fits, also for people with bipolar,depression,ptsd,.. etc. Marijuana also can be used to treat insomnia, instead of Lunesta and Ambien which have effects similar to being on Ketamine, Alcohol and Xanax. Also, Cannabis oil has been used effectively in treating cancer, in which someone Im close to cured her brain cancer with it after Chemo, and prescription drugs were inducing heavy sickness. In other news, there was actually a man who tried to prove the link between Cannabis and lung cancer, however he found that through extensive research, it does NOT cause lung cancer. Also, This plant was originally illegal NOT to grow. All farmers during the settlement of America had to use a certain percentage of their crops for growing the marijuana plant. The real reason this plant is illegal is because of the oil, timber, and pharmaceutical companies who control our nation. Who created "Reefer Madness"? It was the timber industry. The U.S. consumes 200,000,000 tons of wood products annually, increasing by 4% every year. U.S. paper producers consume 1 billion trees each year (735 pounds of paper for every American). U.S. at 5% of world population consumes 30% of worldâs paper. Only 5% of virgin forests remain in the U.S while hemp grows much faster, absorbs more Carbon Dioxide therefore producing more Oxygen for our slowly dissolving atmosphere, and Has a more sturdy fiber. Hemp oil could also be used to run cars! And when Cannabis can cure or treat most diseases and be made for dirt cheap, WHY would the richest parts of the USA allow for themselves to go out of business, well they wouldn't considering all anyone seems to care about is money. (which could also be made with hemp.)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You can thank the "Department of Education" for our decline in that area. It's been going downhill since Carter signed the bill.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @wellness therap: I would have to agree that it's not a hallucinogenic, even though it may be classified that way. Not one person I know that has used marijuana has claimed they saw hallucinations, nor have I ever experienced hallucinations while using marijuana. I would say from my personal experience, that it really depends on the person and how or what type of thoughts they have while using marijuana, to me it seems I will concentrate more in whatever I am thinking about, it seems to heighten emotions whether good or bad. As for it being addictive, it is not addicting for me, I have smoked for years straight, only to quit with no withdrawal symptoms, other than the original nasuea symptoms I originally started smoking it for, the nasuea that I had came from prescribed Naproxen for my neck pain, which I now wish I had never taken. But I think when it really comes down to it, I think it can effect everyone differently.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Exceptional article! It was very non-judgmental with a lot of factual and logical points. I think the most common sense fact is that any âsmokeâ you breathe in is damage to your lungs that can cause breathing problems when youâre older and do it long enough and thatâs a guarantee in one way or another. Smoking anything is not natural. Your lungs donât want smoke in them and thatâs why it âtriesâ to filter it out- too much of it and it canât. Even if something was been used for centuries doesnât make it right and the fact that there is more research being done on Marijuana that can prove itâs not good for you should be reason enough for people to listen up. If it is being prescribed for medicinal purposes when someone cannot find any other solution then I understand, just like magic mushrooms have been known to help medically for some âcritically-illâ people- that does not mean it should be available to anyone who just wants to use it for fun and abuse it. Basically, if youâre using this drug as recreational then itâs no worse than using Tylenol-3 for fun either. If youâre not sick, stop it or you will make yourself sick. If you want to find some natural ways to help yourself with an illness, problem or issue than the best and first options should always be what âisâ good for you and âisâ natural for your body that doesnât have negative side-effects if youâre not in any critical condition. Certain healthy fruits and vegetables can even do the trick. If everyone walked around naked with see-through bodies then people would truly see the damage being done to them and maybe we would all be a little more healthier. Remember even if itâs when your older that you suffer the consequences not everyone is so âluckyâ to die suddenly- most often it takes years of suffering and pain for your body to finally succumb to its internal injuries. To everyone who is thinking of doing drugs, you have a choice so please choose wisely- the decisions you make now determines your future outcome. Ask yourself, if you want to be part of the problem- or the solution. You only have one body for this life- treat it with respect and it will take care of you or else it will rebel and kill you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens, some people smoke because it relaxes them, some people smoke for concentration, others smoke because they are bored, but overall, people smoke just to get high and escape reality, i think marijuana despite what many people say it is still addictive, and i don't judge nobody, but i think that people should only smoke for healing purposes(if that is possible), because otherwise, why should "you" smoke??...