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why i think pot should be illegal

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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.

by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM
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Ber-Lynn
by Count Me In on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM
Quoting mary841108:

 well anyways, thanks for the debate. i didnt respond to everyone because everytime i walked away there were 50 more comments lol. well, i'm off to go get my kids from school...pot free. have a great afternoon all...although i may be back later with a different post on whether or not you can make stuffed peppers in a slow cooker. :)



When you get back on look at page 36 I am the third comment on that page, I would like to hear your thoughts.
LectioDivina
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM


Quoting mary841108:

 well anyways, thanks for the debate. i didnt respond to everyone because everytime i walked away there were 50 more comments lol. well, i'm off to go get my kids from school...pot free. have a great afternoon all...although i may be back later with a different post on whether or not you can make stuffed peppers in a slow cooker. :)

pot helps that too ;)

mary841108
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

 i disagree with drinking around kids too and not taking prescriptions in the way they are supposed to be taken.

Quoting Anonymous:

You drink alcohol or take prescription drugs and you become mentally impaired, we trust parents to use those appropriately. What's the difference?

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.


 

 

olliesmommy2
by Metal Awareness on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM
Alcohol and cigarettes should be illegal then as well.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM
Some people stay with their dhs after they cheated. Some divorce, some believe once a cheater, always a cheater.

Its a choice people make, who are you or I, to determine how they live their life?

Smoking weed, is a choice, you decided not to, some do.

So I challenge you, find me a statistic, supporting me another idea, provide me with the statistical report, how they came up with it.

You can lump people together, who see people as individuals, its really your choice.

Im not with my ex, because he cheated. But I have friends, whose dhs cheated, and their marriage survived, should I tell them to divorce? Nope, because its individualized.



Quoting mary841108:

 theres like 100's of anons posting...i cant keep track of them all lol not all the anons are bashing....some actually agree with me.


Quoting Anonymous:

Whose bashing you? Im not, I just smoke weed, you don't.

You choose not too, and choose too, what is your issue?


Quoting mary841108:


 Can the Anons start numbering themselves please? or at least before bashing me have the common courtesy to not use an anon button. At least making this post i used my actual handle.


 

acaisha
by Gold Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM
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right lol... so again.. why not campaign against the things in our world that are bad for us that people are not aware of instead of posting a misleading and poorly written opinion based article on weed.

How about the fact that women who spend more then 50% of their time in their houses have an 80% higher rate of cancers due to the chemicals in house hold cleaners. That seems a heck of a lot more significant then anything presented in that article and you obviously feel it impacts you since you choose not to use them

Quoting mary841108:

 frequently. but decaf, milk and no sugar.

Quoting acaisha:

and you obviously don't use pot either, yet find the time to make posts about the evils of it. All of those things are worse for you then pot. Do you drink coffee?

Quoting mary841108:

 i use vinegar, baking soda and steam when i clean my house.

Quoting acaisha:

you should read up on what caffeine, refined sugars, and household cleaning products do to us...


oh wait.. you haven't been told those are "Wrong" enough times to believe.


Selective awareness... love it.

 


 


opal10161973
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Good point, but teens may convince her otherwise.  That is where the danger lies.  Once they are teens.  We can stress it every. single. day, and they are still at risk.  It's why we have so many programs out there aimed at teens, to prevent it.   Of course, we do have punishments to reinforce, if we need to.  My DS9 is a mess when he gets his laptop taken away for a day.  LOL  You would think he was suffering from some malady, the way he goes on.

Quoting blues_pagan:

I think that are harmful for us, like alcohol which has become a very "normal" substance, should be taught to us by parents.  It is my job as a parent to teach my daughter that if taken over board these things can do serious harm.  So while it may be normal she still knows that even "normal" things have bad side effects.  

Quoting opal10161973:

I agree.  It's just big government sticking their noses in everywhere.  However, the more things we make legal, the more it normalizes them.  So, kids will not think they are bad for you and kids do not need to think that stuff like pot is anywhere close to being normal.  It can open the door for other drugs.  I am not saying it always does, but it does sometimes.  So does drinking, so don't think I am for that either.  The issue is that we have to draw the line somewhere.  Why go around changing the lines after decades of this being illegal?  As an adult, we have the option of moving to other countries that have kept it legal.  Why does it need to be legal here? 

Quoting blues_pagan:

If women here are doing it everyday then I would be seeking medical help for whatever they have.

Studies have proven that if you ingest too much of anything, including water, it can be dangerous to your health and possibly life threatening.  Doesn't mean we should make certain things illegal.  


Quoting opal10161973:

The reason is that people are so convinced it doesn't impair, that it is not cited as a reason for death.  Also, many people who smoke also smoke cigarettes, so when they get cancer, it is blamed on the cigarettes, not the pot.  It does lead down the exact same roads as cigarettes.  Since both are carcinogenic, both cause cancer.  I am not against the occasional smoker, but the ones who go on and on about how they do it every day and are PROUD of it.  They have no defense in my eyes.  Studies HAVE shown that there are many bad things about it, but the push is so strong for it's legality, that they sweep them under the rug and pretend they aren't there.  It is now big business in the states that have legalized it, since they require permits, pay taxes, and other costs associated with it's growth, distribution, and sales. 

I am more concerned about the children though.  It impairs the nervous system and brain growth of children who are around it.  Since is has tar, just like cigarettes, it sticks to clothing, hair, furniture, carpets, etc.  Even if someone just smokes it after the kids are in bed, they may be getting some in their systems anyway.  Personally, I wouldn't chance it. 

Quoting blues_pagan:

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.  






TSNDDY
by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM
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You misunderstood me. Alcohol and prescription drug use is legal, they both effect brain function. You were arguing that weed affects brain function and should be illegal.

I'm saying we trust adults to make the appropriate decision to either not be under the influence when there are children in their care or to find proper care for their children. Why can't you do the same for pot?


Quoting mary841108:

 i disagree with drinking around kids too and not taking prescriptions in the way they are supposed to be taken.



Quoting Anonymous:

You drink alcohol or take prescription drugs and you become mentally impaired, we trust parents to use those appropriately. What's the difference?



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.




 



 

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samanthastaatss
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I think post is pointless considering some states are in the process of legalizing it. Once more states start the movement, there's no stopping it-especially if it's helping our economy. Guess you'll just have to sit at home and bitch to your husband about it's not fair.

JLo1486
by Gold Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM
-.- you are missing the point. And how severe are we talking. You sure as hell don't seem to be crippled by your OCD. I am very familiar with OCD.

Quoting mary841108:

 I have severe OCD but im not about to smoke weed


Quoting JLo1486:

I'm sorry, do you have cancer? Do you have chronic pain? Do tou have MS? Do you have chronic depression? Do you have uncontrollable anxiety? Are you disabled? Do you know the wonders marijuana can do for these people? To let them eat,drink and live a semi normal life again? To be able to love and care for their children because they aren't being crippled by pain and weakness. To not be so fatigued they can't get out of bed?

 

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