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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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Violets.Mommy
by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM
Hopefully in this case you don't live where I do because...IT'S LEGAL HERE BABY!
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Charweba
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM
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 I think Ritalin and other stimulant drugs given to children should be illegal, but I'm not making a big fuss about that. Some people feel they need the drugs. You're not smoking it why should you care?

mary841108
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

 this! my neighbor did the same thing. i called CPS the second i seen it, he shouldnt even be allowed to breed

Quoting Anonymous:

You do understand you can get a contact buzz to and it effects others around you?My retarded neighbor does not understand this amd thinks its ok to smoke while holding a 6month infant.People just do not.know how to be responable.That is the reason why it should not be legal.


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.


 



 

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM
It's not addictive nor a gateway drug. I'm not sure this is accurate info at all. My bf has a card for medical reasons and I tell you, it does wonders for his pain. He needs back surgery, but no insurance, so the doc gave him choice of card or OxyContin. He chose the weed b/c it's not addictive like narcotic drugs. The doc agreed! He also has a friend with MS who has a card as well. Both work ft and are not pot heads or even smoke every day. You don't like it, don't smoke it, but I've seen it help people and I say legalize it!
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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Omg! My bf did that to me once! Just blow smoke that way can get you high. Idiots. Who even does that with babies around? I won't even let people smoke around my kids, much less pot!


Quoting mary841108:

 this! my neighbor did the same thing. i called CPS the second i seen it, he shouldnt even be allowed to breed


Quoting Anonymous:

You do understand you can get a contact buzz to and it effects others around you?My retarded neighbor does not understand this amd thinks its ok to smoke while holding a 6month infant.People just do not.know how to be responable.That is the reason why it should not be legal.



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.



 





 


Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM
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I did the same!They did nothing.So I will ve calling again


Quoting mary841108:

 this! my neighbor did the same thing. i called CPS the second i seen it, he shouldnt even be allowed to breed


Quoting Anonymous:

You do understand you can get a contact buzz to and it effects others around you?My retarded neighbor does not understand this amd thinks its ok to smoke while holding a 6month infant.People just do not.know how to be responable.That is the reason why it should not be legal.



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 5:32 PM

 To those saying it helps you clean or take better care of your kids, you are the lowest form of loser in my book. If you need weed to function as a normal person in society then you should be ashamed. I just seen a post that said i got my cleaning done thanks to pot. wow I pity you and your family. I get up at 6 am make breakfast, coffee & 3 lunches. get my kids up and ready and fed. take DH to work & kids to school and come home and scrub my house top to bottom, do the laundry, make dinner, get dh & kids, serve dinner, clean up, play with my kids, read to them, get them showered and in PJs, fix them a snack and put them to bed and then spend time with my dh all without the urge to get high. thats a damn shame that you need pot to "calm your nerves" so you can be around your kids. if that is the case, you need to rethink the whole parenting thing and get help.

elfling811
by Niki on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM
I have been on narcotic pain pills for over a year for fibromyalgia and other things related to the chemo that I had for cancer. Smoking pot affects my mental capacity much less than any of the pain pills I have ever been on.

If you don't like it, don't smoke it.
Leobaby2007
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

This CAN happen if it is used too much. I've seen some of these symptoms in a few people who were chronic users in college. Whether or not they stopped and regained full capacity of their memory or not, I have no idea because we lost touch, but the few people I am thinking of were serious, hardcore users. They weren't even leaving their apart,ENTs anymore. It was a psychological addiction, BTW, not a physical one.

You have to smoke pretty almost non stop for several years or longer to get this way and very few people do this.

Leobaby2007
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Lol. IDK about that. I was in Amsterdam last summer. DH was home with our son. I took three huge hits off a joint of a very potent strain the first day I got there and and I literally couldn't talk for 45 minutes. I could only laugh. Granted, in Holland, you're going to get the purest weed there is, but I still would never smoke weed or drink alcohol if my son was still awake and I had to take care of him.

I have to say that, IMO, alcohol is WAY worse than marijuana. EWWWWWW. Yuck to alcohol. Can't stand the taste or the hangover!

Quoting blues_pagan:

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.

 



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