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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
Replies (461-470):
Leobaby2007
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Ditto.

Quoting Anonymous:

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


blues_pagan
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM
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I think weed from Amsterdam is to be taken in very small doses.  Three big puffs, I applaud you lol.

Quoting Leobaby2007:

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.

 




Anonymous
by Anonymous 40 on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I wear shoes every day. Does that mean I'm addicted to shoes? Do you watch tv every day? If so, then do you consider yourself addicted to tv?

Just because you do something every day does not mean you're addicted to it. Your logic is completely flawed.

Quoting Anonymous:

Addiction is a problem, if you do it everyday you have a problem.

Quoting Anonymous:

I disagree. When people aren't daily smokers, that's when being high can cause a problem, imo. Their body isn't used to it and they aren't able to function normally. Everyone I know who smokes does it daily. From the Medical Doctors to the designers to the teachers. It's like drinking a glass of wine a day. If you drink a glass of wine daily, then you're probably just fine to go on with your day. If you're like me and don't drink at all, then a glass can finish you for the day. Smoking can be a way to start the day, get your mind and body prepared, and calm your nerves. In my experience, I find that it helps manage A.D.D. and stress related illness.

Quoting Anonymous:

When you do it everyday, just like drinking then it's a problem and a habit. I bet you most of these moms have that problem, I used to, thank God I don't anymore.



Quoting Anonymous:

It surprises me how many people can only associate smoking with hard partying. Everyone I know who smokes does it daily, in their own homes or outside, as a way to relax. Like a glass of wine. That's like saying anyone who drinks a beer is a child and needs to grow out of her sorority girl lifestyle.

Quoting Anonymous:

It's true! I used to ,part everyday, smoking my joints, blunts and bowls and was very lazy. One job I had I was fired because I came in so stoned I couldn't do my job, but that didn't stop me from smoking everyday. I even got to the point of doing harder drugs, didn't work cause I was stoned everyday. What did stop me is when I found out I was pregnant, I completely stopped. I realized it wasn't just unhealthy for my baby, but that I was going to be a mother and needed to act the part living by example for her. I didn't want my child doing the dumb stupid things I did. I haven't touched it since, that was 15 years ago and don't miss it one bit, I grew up and became responsible for the first time in my life. Drugs are stupid, bad for your health, destroy many lives besides the users, make you lazy and stupid and a complete waste of money. I wonder how many moms in this post alone that smoke their weed complain about their financial situations, many I'm sure.





Quoting mary841108:

 lol i love this!




Quoting Anonymous:

It amazes me to see how many mothers smoke weed, It seems many have a lot of growing up to do. smh



 




Anonymous
by Anonymous 34 on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM
No, comparing shoes to drugs and alcohol is beyond flawed, but ridiculous. smh


Quoting Anonymous:

I wear shoes every day. Does that mean I'm addicted to shoes? Do you watch tv every day? If so, then do you consider yourself addicted to tv?

Just because you do something every day does not mean you're addicted to it. Your logic is completely flawed.

Quoting Anonymous:

Addiction is a problem, if you do it everyday you have a problem.



Quoting Anonymous:

I disagree. When people aren't daily smokers, that's when being high can cause a problem, imo. Their body isn't used to it and they aren't able to function normally. Everyone I know who smokes does it daily. From the Medical Doctors to the designers to the teachers. It's like drinking a glass of wine a day. If you drink a glass of wine daily, then you're probably just fine to go on with your day. If you're like me and don't drink at all, then a glass can finish you for the day. Smoking can be a way to start the day, get your mind and body prepared, and calm your nerves. In my experience, I find that it helps manage A.D.D. and stress related illness.

Quoting Anonymous:

When you do it everyday, just like drinking then it's a problem and a habit. I bet you most of these moms have that problem, I used to, thank God I don't anymore.





Quoting Anonymous:

It surprises me how many people can only associate smoking with hard partying. Everyone I know who smokes does it daily, in their own homes or outside, as a way to relax. Like a glass of wine. That's like saying anyone who drinks a beer is a child and needs to grow out of her sorority girl lifestyle.

Quoting Anonymous:

It's true! I used to ,part everyday, smoking my joints, blunts and bowls and was very lazy. One job I had I was fired because I came in so stoned I couldn't do my job, but that didn't stop me from smoking everyday. I even got to the point of doing harder drugs, didn't work cause I was stoned everyday. What did stop me is when I found out I was pregnant, I completely stopped. I realized it wasn't just unhealthy for my baby, but that I was going to be a mother and needed to act the part living by example for her. I didn't want my child doing the dumb stupid things I did. I haven't touched it since, that was 15 years ago and don't miss it one bit, I grew up and became responsible for the first time in my life. Drugs are stupid, bad for your health, destroy many lives besides the users, make you lazy and stupid and a complete waste of money. I wonder how many moms in this post alone that smoke their weed complain about their financial situations, many I'm sure.







Quoting mary841108:

 lol i love this!





Quoting Anonymous:

It amazes me to see how many mothers smoke weed, It seems many have a lot of growing up to do. smh




 




Leobaby2007
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Uh, yeah- very small! Wish I would have known that lol! My brother said, "What the hell were you thinking?" LMAO! I hadn't smoked in years and was probably used to the crappy stuff they sell to fraternity boys in college. What an idiot I was- but it WAS funny.

The perfectly pre-rolled joint was Ginormous!!! I smoked 1/4 of it and I couldn't even think straight lol. Total tourist move!!!!!!!!

The really funny part was that my brother and I walked in to the coffeehouse like we were all cool and knew exactly what were doing and we ordered FOUR of them like it was no big deal- not even mixed with tobacco- pure weed in all 4!!!

OMG- we had a good laugh about that later on. We must have been so obviously from "out of town", but over there, NO ONE CARES. It's awesome. I was trying to figure out how to move mybhusbad and son over there by day 3 lol.

Quoting blues_pagan:

I think weed from Amsterdam is to be taken in very small doses.  Three big puffs, I applaud you lol.

Quoting Leobaby2007:

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.

 





justinnaimee
by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM
Why is it worse to be mentally impaired by pot (which I could function normally on in my rebellious teenage years) than narcotics (which knock me right out)? There is very little difference when used medically and when used recreationally similar rules as drinking should apply.

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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Ber-Lynn
by Count Me In on Dec. 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM
Quoting mary841108:

 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.



So I'm the lowest of the low because I chose to use medical marijuana instead of heavy duty narcotics? Yea I think not. I am more functional then I ever was on pain pills. I don't feel ashamed what so ever, what I feel is relief from debilitating chronic pain.
I'm not doing much of anything for my child right now though but that has nothing to do with marijuana.
Ber-Lynn
by Count Me In on Dec. 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM
Quoting elfling811:

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.


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mary841108
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

 do you smoke it just to smoke it?

Quoting Ber-Lynn:

Quoting mary841108:

 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.



So I'm the lowest of the low because I chose to use medical marijuana instead of heavy duty narcotics? Yea I think not. I am more functional then I ever was on pain pills. I don't feel ashamed what so ever, what I feel is relief from debilitating chronic pain.
I'm not doing much of anything for my child right now though but that has nothing to do with marijuana.

 

notuseless
by Silver Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM
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i agree with sevenkisses, my mom raised 7 healthy happy kids she was hit by a car when i was 8 she could not function because she was in constant pain, and the doctor prescribed pills made her next to useless, she started to smoke when i was 10, ( i did not even know she smoked until this year) all i saw was my mom was able to stand up and for the first time in a year she was the mom i remembered.

she is still a smart funny person. she is 46 now. she started smoking when she was 30                         

Quoting mary841108:

 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.

 


 


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