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why i think pot should be illegal

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this was taken from 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.

by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM
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by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

uuuuuuuuhh, whuuuuuu? *drools*

-If for any reason you feel an urge to correct my grammar, spelling, or punctuation, please suppress this urge. You are not important enough to me to spend time editing before I post.  I will just laugh at you-

by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Anyway if you don't smoke and choose not to why the hell do you care so much?

Quoting Anonymous:

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

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by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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You just opened a can of worms.

I know first hand what this DRUG can do to you and to other family members.

I read that it WILL...not that t can.

But of course you daily smokers will read differently, because you dont wanna read more into it.
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by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Pot helps depression and anxiety...
Hell this type A yankee couldnt deal with THE South if I didnt smoke!
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by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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It says it impairs memory and learning. I smoke weed every night and I have a GPA of 3.85. Do you think I'd be a genius if I stopped smoking weed?
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Jeebus, was all of that copy and paste necessary?

If you don't think it should be legal, than be ready to vote if/when it comes time. *smh* 

by Anonymous 3 on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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I'm sorry but I completely disagree. Other countries have studies on cannabis and the effects of thc, they were all very different than what the evils the US says it causes.
In Canada they proven it helps deteriorate cancer cells. It is less dangerous than cigarettes. Sorry but that's fact. Cigarettes have POISON in actual poison.
You are basically believing "reefer madness " propaganda. Do ACTUAL research... not a why is weed bad Google search.
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

 just to clairify...i dont like alcohol at all and cigarette smoke is just disgusting. i've had family member & friends refuse to come over because they werent allowed to smoke cigarettes in my house

by Emerald Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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So because you don't smoke or drink nobody else can either?
That's just ludicrous.
No, I don't smoke pot.
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by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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Hey, you! stop buying weed with your FS!

(Too soon?)

Quoting stacefaceninja:

uuuuuuuuhh, whuuuuuu? *drools*

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