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Marijuana is NOT Medicine

Skunk Alert: Marijuana is NOT Medicine

Part 7 of a 9 part series

While isolated components of the plant, like CBD, appear to have therapeutic value for certain illnesses, and marijuana has some value in suppressing vomiting and nausea and stimulating appetite in AIDs patients, the whole plant is classified by the FDA as a Schedule I drug because it has no accepted medicinal use, has the potential for harm, and cannot be administered properly under supervision. Real medicines must have known compounds, potency and dosage and be reproducible in a uniform manner (like pills). That isn’t possible with smoke, and the consistency of marijuana plants varies widely, often with fungus and insecticides that are very harmful. The term “medical marijuana” was coined by people who want to legalize drugs to give it a good name as a first step toward full legalization. CBD, the component that can help offset the psychoactive effects of THC, has been largely bred out of today’s marijuana being sold as medicine, as “patients” just want to get high. Synthetic THC has been produced in pill form called Marinol, and is legally available through pharmacies.Skunk About to Spray.svg.hi

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

See the previous post in the series: Marijuana Can Cause Mental Illness. See the next post in the series: Marijuana Can Cause Permanent Brain Damage.

Marijuana Can Cause Mental Illness

Skunk Alert: Marijuana Can Cause Mental Illness

Part 6 of 9 part series

In vulnerable individuals (about 30%) it has and is causing psychotic breaks leading to violent acts, mass murders and suicides, as well as other mental health disorders including schizophrenia, paranoia, anxiety, depression and bi-polar disorder. The problem is people don’t know they are vulnerable until they experience the problem, then it may be too late for some and a question of long term recovery for others. Psychotic episodes have led to a dramatic increase in emergency room visits. Daily users are 5 times more likely to develop mental health disorders; weekend users 3 times more than non-users. A UK study showed that Skunk was responsible for 1/4th the new cases of schizophrenia. Studies from Australia and New Zealand showed that teens who use marijuana were 7 times more likely to commit suicide.Skunk About to Spray.svg.hi

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

See the previous post in the series: Marijuana is Addictive. See the next post in the series: Marijuana is NOT Medicine.

Marijuana is Addictive

Skunk Alert: Marijuana is Addictive

Part 5 of a 9 part series

One of six (17%) adolescents who use marijuana will become addicted; one in eleven (9%) of those who start after age 18. Recovery from marijuana addiction is particularly difficult because it remains in the body for so long. Marijuana is a gateway to other drugs that kill by overdose, such as heroin, cocaine and meth. Of 120 Americans who die every day of drug overdose, roughly 90% started their drug journey with pot. Addiction will rSkunk About to Spray.svg.hiuin the addict’s life, and all those in the circle of family and friends.

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

See the previous post in the series: Marijuana can Kill or Permanently Harm a Fetus. See the next post in the series: Marijuana Can Cause Mental Illness.

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.