People in general are weak and prone to do stupid things in their lives. Most people survive the experience, get smarter and tougher and don’t make the same mistake. Others, many others, get trapped within the problem and never get out. Oxy addicts fall into that category. So will a growing number of marijuana users, especially those who start young, or are weaker in will, or have addictive personalities, and believe the current bullshit meme by government and the dope industry that weed is harmless.
With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado, questions about cannabis have vaulted into the public consciousness. For a couple minutes, let’s put aside policy concerns and look just at the effects of cannabis in the brain. Two studies published in top journals, both in April 2014, look inside human brains at the long-term effects of cannabis use. Is cannabis addictive? Is it safe? Let’s consider the evidence.
First, an article in the Journal of Neuroscience used MRI scans to look inside the brains of young, recreational marijuana users at regions associated with addiction. Previous studies have shown that other drugs known to be addictive affect the brain’s reward centers – especially the brain’s amygdala, which controls emotional learning, and a structure called the nucleus accumbens, which controls pleasure (including our ability to laugh). We’ve also known that adding cannabis-based chemicals to the brains of rats creates changes in these structures related to addiction. But it’s quite a leap from introducing cannabinoids to rat brains and knowing the effects of smoking pot on humans.
So a team of Harvard-led researchers recruited 40 young adults – 20 marijuana users and 20 non-users – to see if what is true in the brains of rats is also true in the brains of college students. Sure enough, human marijuana users had changes in volume, density and topography in both of the amygdala and nucleus accumbens.
“These data suggest that marijuana exposure, even in young recreational users, is associated with exposure-dependent alterations of the neural matrix of core reward structures,” the researchers write.
This study and the studies that lead up to it show that marijuana use creates physical changes in the brain associated with addiction. And, the researchers point out, these results were seen in non-dependent, young adult users. What are the effects of even heavier pot use on the brain?
That’s the question of the second study, published in the Nature journal, Neuropsychopharmacology. Again, the study used MRI imaging to ask if the effects of cannabis-based chemicals seen in rat brains are also seen in human brains. This time the study compared heavy marijuana smokers to occasional smokers to see if overall brain changes are more extreme, the more you smoke. And it looked outside just the structures of addiction to explore changes in overall brain structures: how does marijuana use affect the brain?
The study found reduced grey matter volume in nearly all brain regions that are rich in the “receptors” that can trap and respond to cannabis-based chemicals. These regions include a long list of structures, almost all of which are part of a network that controls motivation, emotion, and emotional learning. Here’s an important part: the degree to which these brain areas changed was due to one of two things – either heavy use or starting use during adolescence. Long-term heavy users had the same reductions in grey matter volume as lighter users who started in their teens.
So let’s revisit our two questions. Is marijuana addictive? Yes, and a real, visible change in the brain’s reward system. And is marijuana safe? No, and the younger you start or the more you use over time, the more dangerous it is to your brain. Whether or not you believe recreational marijuana should be legal, it’s time to admit its power as a dangerous, addictive drug.
There are TON of other studies and articles, all reviewed and validated that show weed is bad. But those went down the MSM memory hole when the drive to legalize marijuana became the cause of the day.
We know why government wants it- revenue. We know why liberals want it- it helps destroy a functioning society because the people become easily malleable. A couple of clips of Watter’s World interviewing the average college, weed smoking, moron student shows just how little they are paying attention. Weed will do that to you. It WILL make you stupid.
Right now the cause of the day is the oxycodone addiction destroying segments of our society. But we are truly schizophrenic when it comes to saving one segment and destroying another, so tomorrow it could be something else. We are also phenomenally stupid. We are focusing on stopping oxy addiction saying it destroys lives, but at the same time we are opening up the spigots of another, even greater, addiction from marijuana. Like I said, split freaking personalities.
How did oxy get so out of control and how does that link to marijuana. Remember, Oxycodone was supposed to be the new way of controlling chronic pain in people without creating the severe addiction issues. A “miracle drug” if you will. But that didn’t turn out to be true- at all. All it did was open the door to a new addictive drug and new addicts.
SAN DIEGO – Ninety-one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. It’s a problem that’s becoming so prevalent, the U.S. Surgeon General labeled the issue a national health crisis.
Just 15 years ago, most prescription drugs were not even on the radar of doctors, parents and addicts as a possible source of getting high. Today, they have become the main “gateway drug” to heroin.
To understand how America got to the point of abusing painkillers it’s important to have some context about what was happening in the medical community in the late 1990s.
In 1996, OxyContin, now one of the most abused painkillers, hit the market after getting FDA approval. Its maker Purdue Pharma also spent tens of millions of dollars to incentivize doctors to prescribe it. It was one of the first pharma companies to send sales representatives to individual doctor’s offices to promote their drug.
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In 1996, sales of Oxy were $45 million. By the year 2000, sales jumped 2,000 percent to more than $1 billion.
A 2002, an LA Times investigation found hundreds of doctors recklessly prescribing Oxy, sometimes over the phone, knowing patients were getting addicted.
Dr. Roneet Lev runs the emergency department at Scripps Mercy Hospital. She is also the Chair of the RX Drug Abuse Medical Task Force.
“There was a whole focus on pain in the late 1990s. California passed several legislative measures including the Patient Pain Bill of Rights. We changed our prescription pads to allow and accommodate for stronger prescriptions overnight,” she explained. “We changed from Tylenol with Codeine to Vicodin and Percocet that we weren`t allowed to do before. And we were told only 1 percent of people were getting addicted and if you don`t prescribe then you`re not compassionate. It wasn’t until years later we learned 100% of users get addicted.”
The people who want marijuana legalized for medical reasons are also liars, like the famed lawyer from Morgan and Morgan here in Florida. It is all about the cash. Legalizing for medical purposes is just the camel’s nose under the tent. Is it the best solution to pain? In some cases maybe, but what part of marijuana is the key? It can’t be the toxic particulates inhaled. It can’t be all the other foreign chemicals- like the pesticides or fertilizer or the feces from the grower that makes the difference. So what is it, and can it be delivered to the patient in a safer manner? The answer is yes. I like the highlighted portion best.
Aside from the fact that Marinol can only be taken orally, there are a few key differences between synthetic THC and botanical marijuana.
According to the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Marinol provides standardized THC concentrations and does not contain the other 400 uncharacterized substances found in smoked marijuana, such as carcinogens or fungal spore.
It is also not associated with the quick high of smoked marijuana.
However, patients who have tried both say marijuana is a more effective method for relieving their symptoms.
Synthetic THC lacks several of the therapeutic compounds or cannabinoids that are available in natural cannabis. It is also much more effective at binding to CB1 receptors in the brain, which can trigger reactions such as seizures and psychosis.
Some mesothelioma patients also claim cannabis oil, another alternative treatment extracted from marijuana, has helped strengthen their immune system to fight off diseases.
So can we “bottle” marijuana’s key elements, eliminate the dangerous side effects and make sure people who need it get it? Sure.
But where’s the fun in that? Right?
And that’s the point isn’t it.
Like I said, a society full of stupid people.