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why i think pot should be illegal

Posted by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM
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this was taken from webmd.com. i personally am against smoking weed. its not safer than cigarettes like most think (i dont smoke cigarettes either by the way) and the mental effects are not something i want to deal with when taking care of children.

How Does Marijuana Affect the Brain?

Scientists have learned a great deal about how THC acts in the brain to produce its many effects. When someone smokes marijuana, THC rapidly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, which carries the chemical to the brain and other organs throughout the body.

THC acts upon specific sites in the brain, called cannabinoid receptors, kicking off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the "high" that users experience when they smoke marijuana. Some brain areas have many cannabinoid receptors; others have few or none. The highest density of cannabinoid receptors are found in parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentrating, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.1

Not surprisingly, marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. Research has shown that, in chronic users, marijuana's adverse impact on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off.2 As a result, someone who smokes marijuana every day may be functioning at a suboptimal intellectual level all of the time.

Research into the effects of long-term cannabis use on the structure of the brain has yielded inconsistent results. It may be that the effects are too subtle for reliable detection by current techniques. A similar challenge arises in studies of the effects of chronic marijuana use on brain function. Brain imaging studies in chronic users tend to show some consistent alterations, but their connection to impaired cognitive functioning is far from clear. This uncertainty may stem from confounding factors such as other drug use, residual drug effects, or withdrawal symptoms in long-term chronic users.

Addictive Potential

Long-term marijuana abuse can lead to addiction; that is, compulsive drug seeking and abuse despite the known harmful effects upon functioning in the context of family, school, work, and recreational activities. Estimates from research suggest that about 9 percent of users become addicted to marijuana; this number increases among those who start young (to about 17 percent) and among daily users (25-50 percent).

Long-term marijuana abusers trying to quit report withdrawal symptoms including: irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, and drug craving, all of which can make it difficult to remain abstinent. These symptoms begin within about 1 day following abstinence, peak at 2-3 days, and subside within 1 or 2 weeks following drug cessation.3

Marijuana and Mental Health

A number of studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. Some of these studies have shown age at first use to be an important risk factor, where early use is a marker of increased vulnerability to later problems. However, at this time, it is not clear whether marijuana use causes mental problems, exacerbates them, or reflects an attempt to self-medicate symptoms already in existence.

Chronic marijuana use, especially in a very young person, may also be a marker of risk for mental illnesses - including addiction - stemming from genetic or environmental vulnerabilities, such as early exposure to stress or violence. Currently, the strongest evidence links marijuana use and schizophrenia and/or related disorders.4 High doses of marijuana can produce an acute psychotic reaction; in addition, use of the drug may trigger the onset or relapse of schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals.

What Other Adverse Effect Does Marijuana Have on Health?

Effects on the Heart

Marijuana increases heart rate by 20-100 percent shortly after smoking; this effect can last up to 3 hours. In one study, it was estimated that marijuana users have a 4.8-fold increase in the risk of heart attack in the first hour after smoking the drug.5 This may be due to increased heart rate as well as the effects of marijuana on heart rhythms, causing palpitations and arrhythmias. This risk may be greater in aging populations or in those with cardiac vulnerabilities.

Effects on the Lungs

Numerous studies have shown marijuana smoke to contain carcinogens and to be an irritant to the lungs. In fact, marijuana smoke contains 50-70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. Marijuana users usually inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer than tobacco smokers do, which further increase the lungs' exposure to carcinogenic smoke. Marijuana smokers show dysregulated growth of epithelial cells in their lung tissue, which could lead to cancer;6 however, a recent case-controlled study found no positive associations between marijuana use and lung, upper respiratory, or upper digestive tract cancers.7 Thus, the link between marijuana smoking and these cancers remains unsubstantiated at this time.

Nonetheless, marijuana smokers can have many of the same respiratory problems as tobacco smokers, such as daily cough and phlegm production, more frequent acute chest illness, and a heightened risk of lung infections. A study of 450 individuals found that people who smoke marijuana frequently but do not smoke tobacco have more health problems and miss more days of work than nonsmokers.8 Many of the extra sick days among the marijuana smokers in the study were for respiratory illnesses.

Effects on Daily Life

Research clearly demonstrates that marijuana has the potential to cause problems in daily life or make a person's existing problems worse. In one study, heavy marijuana abusers reported that the drug impaired several important measures of life achievement, including physical and mental health, cognitive abilities, social life, and career status.9 Several studies associate workers' marijuana smoking with increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers' compensation claims, and job turnover.

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SevenKisses
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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So don't smoke it. But don't think it's ok to take it from others who like it and who NEED it for any reason. All I read in this bullshit article was 'the potential to' 'it may be known to' and other BS statements that are most all inaccurate.

mary841108
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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 so you think if people want to be mentally impared its ok to let them attempt to take care of their kids?

Quoting SevenKisses:

So don't smoke it. But don't think it's ok to take it from others who like it and who NEED it for any reason. All I read in this bullshit article was 'the potential to' 'it may be known to' and other BS statements that are most all inaccurate.

 

SevenKisses
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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I don't need you or anyone else tell me that I am too 'mentally impaired' to care for my children. I do it 100 percent just fine thank you. Marijuana doesn't make you stupid or moronic - apparently whatever YOU are on DOES though.

Quoting mary841108:

 so you think if people want to be mentally impared its ok to let them attempt to take care of their kids?

Quoting SevenKisses:

So don't smoke it. But don't think it's ok to take it from others who like it and who NEED it for any reason. All I read in this bullshit article was 'the potential to' 'it may be known to' and other BS statements that are most all inaccurate.

 


blues_pagan
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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Marijuana is like any other legal drug such as nicotine and alcohol.  If you don't want to have side effects then don't smoke it.  

I would like to know where you found this article since it has some things in it that I have to disagree with (such as compulsive drug seeking, marijuana is not a gateway drug).

I would also like to point out that legal drugs such as tobacco and alcohol have some fairly high death rates in the US, pot has none.

As for me, I smoke every now and then and it has not affected my life in any way other than giving me the munchies.  

blues_pagan
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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Marijuana doesn't impair you to the point that you can't do anything.  

Quoting mary841108:

 so you think if people want to be mentally impared its ok to let them attempt to take care of their kids?

Quoting SevenKisses:

So don't smoke it. But don't think it's ok to take it from others who like it and who NEED it for any reason. All I read in this bullshit article was 'the potential to' 'it may be known to' and other BS statements that are most all inaccurate.

 


notjstanothrmom
by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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Hmmm... have you compared that with alcohol? Cigarettes?

Both are MUCH worse and legal.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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All I can say is if weed is illegal, alcohol should be as well.
mary841108
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM
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 lol i may be stupid to you but at least im not a druggie and my kids have my 100% attention, im not in a doped up haze. i can think clearly

Quoting SevenKisses:

I don't need you or anyone else tell me that I am too 'mentally impaired' to care for my children. I do it 100 percent just fine thank you. Marijuana doesn't make you stupid or moronic - apparently whatever YOU are on DOES though.

Quoting mary841108:

 so you think if people want to be mentally impared its ok to let them attempt to take care of their kids?

Quoting SevenKisses:

So don't smoke it. But don't think it's ok to take it from others who like it and who NEED it for any reason. All I read in this bullshit article was 'the potential to' 'it may be known to' and other BS statements that are most all inaccurate.

 


 

mary841108
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

 i dont drink at all so i can agree to this 100%

Quoting Anonymous:

All I can say is if weed is illegal, alcohol should be as well.

 

mary841108
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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 i dont drink or smoke

Quoting notjstanothrmom:

Hmmm... have you compared that with alcohol? Cigarettes?

Both are MUCH worse and legal.

 

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