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  1. #1
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    May 2016

    Facts-not-fiction: Marijuana

    “Weed; Mary Jane; Pot; Reefer; Bud; Grass; Joint; Dope…. These are terms very well known to every teenager in America, since I was a teen many years ago, and even before. Terms that I personally am less familiar with, but no less popular, are: Hash, Blunt, Ganja, Hemp, Smoke, Boom, Gangster, Trees, Skunk, Green, Sinsemilla, Herb…. And so on. These are terms for marijuana and its resin.

    The nation is inundated with discussions of whether medical marijuana, or marijuana for recreational use, is “good” or “bad”. The states are overwhelmed by the number of advocates for so-called clinics and dispensaries.

    Marijuana is usually smoked, eaten, mixed with food, and brewed as a tea. It comes primarily in three forms. The greenish-gray mix of dried, shredded leaves and stems, seeds and flowers, and in resin form, called hashish, and in a sticky black liquid called hash oil.

    I recall watching a pseudo-documentary in high school about the dangers of marijuana use. Back then, it was very difficult to get accurate information without hearing of the horrors of addictions. Scientific Research is continually adding to the debate, and it will no doubt continue as the debates heat up.

    After I announced that I intended to “come clean” on my own experience with marijuana, in the context of my personal medical issues, I got a lot of questions via private messaging. This post is in answer to the inquiries.

    FACT: Documented research has confirmed the following. Short term use causes problems with balance and coordination. It increased heart rate and appetite, yet slows reaction time. It causes problems with learning and memory. When first ingested, marijuana gives the user an enhanced sensory perception and euphoria which is quickly followed by drowsiness and or relaxation. It may cause hallucinations, anxiety, panic attacks, and psychosis. And that’s just short-term use.

    FACT: Documented research (and my own personal experience, as well) has confirmed the following. Long-term marijuana use causes frequent respiratory infections, , chronic cough, and mental health problems.

    FACT: If repeated use is started in adolescence, research has found that there is a possible loss of IQ points experienced.

    FACT: Babies born to mothers who regularly use exhibit problems with attention, memory, and problem solving.

    FACT: When used in combination with alcohol, research has found users with increased heart rate and blood pressure and further slowing of mental processing and reaction time.

    FACT: When withdrawal from marijuana use is initiated, users experience irritability, trouble sleeping, decreased appetite, and anxiety. At this time, there are no FDA-approved medications to treat marijuana addiction.

    1. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) . See the following websites for more details:

    Overview - Cognitive behavioral therapy - Mayo Clinic

    2. Contingency management, or motivational incentives.

    3. Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

    4. Behavioral treatments geared to adolescents

    I hope you found useful information in this post. I especially hope the data convinced you to consider the impact of marijuana use in your life, and whether there are alternatives to dealing with your issues in a more safe, sane way.

    Marijuana use is known to impact lives in an adverse way. Why not work to remove as many negative and counterintuitive behaviors/ substances from your life?

    If you have any comments or concerns, please, we welcome them! We'd love to hear of your personal experiences with marijuana, its use, and addictions.

    Thank you for reading.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2016
    Espanola, NM
    Wonder what kind of mental health problems do you get from smoking mj?

    So who's pushing mj? if its not big pharma?


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