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Marijuana Can Permanently Harm a Fetus

Skunk Alert: Marijuana can Permanently Harm a Fetus

Part 4 of a 9 part series

Today’s high potency pot can cause brain damage to a fetus only two weeks after conception, before the mother even knows she is pregnant (Psychoyos, University of Texas). Research from forty years ago, when the potency of pot was a fraction of today’s pot, showed an increase in still births from 12% normal to 44%. Babies that survived child birth often had physical deformities and brain alterations that altered behavior and caused learning deficits well into the teens. Babies of mothers who smoked pot during pregnancy had an 11 fold increase in nonlumphobiastic leukemia. Young people approaching or in their child bearing years should be acutely aware that marijuana use at conception, during pregnancy and/or when breast feeding can directly affect a baby when they arSkunk About to Spray.svg.hie most vulnerable.

Skunk is the name for today’s high potency marijuana. 

See the previous post in the series: Marijuana causes Health Problems, including Cancer. See the next post in  the series: Marijuana is Addictive.

Marijuana causes Health Problems including Cancer

Skunk Alert: Marijuana causes Health Problems including Cancer

Part 3 of a 9 part series

Marijuana can cause cancer of the head, neck, bladder, brain and testis. It can cause chronic bronchitis and other respiratory problems and elevates the risk of heart attack by 4.8 times within 1 to 3 hours after smoking. Recent studies in the UK show that it is a major cause of strokes as well. It affects the pituitary gland, a pea size structure at the base of the brain that is the control center for sex and reproductive hormones and in turn, sexual dysfunction. Studies done long ago showed that marijuana caused more DNA damage than even heroin (Miroshima), resulting in mutations to sperm and chromosomal abnormalities that can affect future generations. Because marijuana attaches to the fatty exterior of all cells, it blocks healthy protein and weakens one’s immSkunk About to Spray.svg.hiune system.

Skunk is the name for today’s high potency marijuana.

See the previous post in the series: Marijuana Doubles the Risk of Traffic Deaths. See the next part of the series: Marijuana can Kill or Permanently Harm a Fetus.

Marijuana is Worse than Tobacco

Skunk Alert: Marijuana is Worse than Tobacco

Part 1 of a 9 part series

The long term effects of smoking tobacco lead to illnesses that claim 480,000 lives a year, so the harms of tobacco cannot be minimized. However, for all of the reasons cited above regarding brain damage and loss of IQ, impaired memory and motivation, mental illness, driver safely, depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies, and myriad health problems, the short term harms are far worse and still have lasting impacts, like tobacco. What is worse, more teens are smoking marijuana today than tobacco, and in many cases concealing it by using e-cigarettes which don’t emit smoke or an odor. Random or suspicion-based drug testing can be used for early identification of a problem, and as a deterrent. Hair analysis in particular, with a 90-day window of detection, is highly recommended, albeit urine and saliva should be used as well. The intent is not to catch and punish, but to protect and keep kids in the system, safe and drug-free.Skunk About to Spray.svg.hi

Skunk is the name for today’s high potency marijuana.

See next post in the series: Marijuana Doubles the Risk of Traffic Deaths

 

Marijuana Doubles the Risk of Traffic Deaths

Skunk Alert: Marijuana doubles the Risk of Traffic Deaths

Part 2 of 9 part series

Traffic deaths have doubled where marijuana has been legalized. In a Maryland Trauma Center, 27% of injured drivers tested positive for marijuana. 50% of drivers under 21 tested positive for marijuana compared to only 33% for alcohol. Intoxication from either alcohol or marijuana are a major cause of injury traffic accidents; mixing the two is particularly dangerous. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death of teenagers. Don’t drive or ride with anyone wSkunk About to Spray.svg.hiho uses marijuana.

Skunk is the name for today’s high potency marijuana. 

See previous post in the series: Marijuana is Worse than Tobacco. See the next post in the series: Marijuana causes Health Problems including Cancer.