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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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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I tired put and didn't like it. One hit I was passed out. If I made it to two his I would start to vomit. I quit smoking cigarettes and can't drink either because one beer I pass out and then i am hung over for a week. Lol I don't care what others do I just don't want it done around me our my children. The smell makes me sick.
GatorsWife4Life
by Christina on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM
And look at the spice and bath salts!! They are both legal!!

Quoting notjstanothrmom:

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



Both are MUCH worse and legal.
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lincolnlady
by Gold Member on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Everything affects different people differently. This can be said for alcohol, caffeine, and over the counter and prescription medications. If you smoke weed and it has adverse affects, like it makes you sick or you can't function, then obviously you shouldn't smoke it. But that is not the case for everyone. I think as adult women we are capable of making that decision for ourselves. It should not be for you or the government to decide. Personally pot makes me a better person and mother. Without it I am an anxious mess and have a hard time dealing with daily stress and struggles. It helps me stay calm and focused, which is a good thing.
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mommieof3_752
by Gold Member on Dec. 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM

WOW this is an awesome make believe story.....who wrote it???

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

bump

MyGirlsAbbyLiz
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:49 AM

so you decided to post pure bullshit?

chane_L
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM

oh please, webmd's answer for 99% of everything is Cancer! 


MyGirlsAbbyLiz
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:59 AM

you must not actually know anything about marijuana.

marijuana smokers are not "druggies". experienced smokers know how it effects them when they are stoned,and know how much to smoke. theres no "haze". Yes it kills brain cells if you smoke it but that isn't due to the marijuana, it is due to holding your breath when you take a hit, which reduces oxygen intake to the brain. when marijuana was made illegal, it was done without any real knowledge of its effects. it was not made illegal for how it effects a person,that was all made up to make it illegal. 

and believe it or not, I can think clearly when stoned.  Its not like i sit on the couch eating cheetos unable to do anything else and I've smoked since I was 16(im now 27) I guarantee you could talk to me while i was stoned and not know i was.It also not addictive. I may have been a smoker for 11 years but I can AND HAVE gone months without a single puff. I am nowhere near an addict.An addict would use it all the time,would commit crimes to get money to buy it and continue to use it despite any negative consequences as a result of said drug.


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.

 


 


OhioforMal
by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 2:19 AM

Ok, I've never smoked weed, but please folks, not all non-smokers are as dumb as the original post. That  article was government funded garbage and weed is not a "drug", it is a naturally grown plant. Tobacco is chemically modified with thousands of different chemicals and alcohol is 100% man-made.

Tell me which one is the drug......

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