Chuck Frank: Study shatters claims marijuana is harmless
With the magnitude of an unstoppable tidal wave destroying millions of homes and families, legal medical marijuana (i.e., cannabis) is presently saturating all of America and the rest of the world. Sedate the masses and then control them.
Recently, Professor Wayne Hall, from King’s College in London, who is also a drug advisor to the World Health Organization, built a compelling case with regard to the negative and adverse effects of cannabis. A major new review in the scientific journal “Addiction” explains the effects of cannabis use on mental and physical health.
The 20-year research study was first presented at Through the Maze: Cannabis and Health International Drug Policy Symposium in Auckland, New Zealand, on November 2013. Just recently on Oct. 7, 2014, the research also became available online. See http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.12703/full.
One of Professor Hall’s major cannabis findings was that regular use, especially among teenagers, leads to long-term mental health problems as well as addiction.
— One in six teenagers who regularly smoke the drug become dependent on it.
— Cannabis doubles the risk of developing psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.
— Cannabis users do worse at school. Heavy use in adolescence appears to impair intellectual development.
— One in 10 adults who regularly smoke the drug become dependent on it and those who use it are more likely to go on to use harder drugs.
— Driving after smoking cannabis doubles the risk of a car crash, a risk which increases substantially if the driver has also had a drink.
— Also, the epidemiological literature in the past 20 years shows that regular cannabis use can produce cognitive impairment and psychoses and that there are consistent associations between regular cannabis use and poor mental health. Included in the effect are abnormal psycho-social outcomes in adulthood.
Cardiovascular disease risk in middle-aged adults is still another finding by the cardiologist doctor Suzanne Steinbaum, who is the director of the Women’s Heart Health of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She disputes the “magical” properties of cannabis and that the people have been grossly misled with regard to the eminent dangers of smoking marijuana and the legalization of it.
A study released (April 23, 2014) by the Journal of the American Heart Association revealed a correlation between cardiovascular disease and cannabis use in regular marijuana users. Cannabis use was identified as a trigger for ischemic stroke, third only to tobacco smoking and cocaine use, the study found.
“This finding is troubling, because information like this has not been part of the discussion on marijuana legalization thus far, and when health issues come up, they are often trivialized by the pro-marijuana lobby,” the study reports. Though marijuana can reduce pain, decrease nausea and increase appetite, a number of better-controlled studies, which have been reported since 1993 have consistently found deficits in verbal learning, memory and attention by regular users to where impairment was found with persistent dose-related use affecting neurocognitive performance after 28 days of abstinence in young heavy users (who had used on an average for five years).
Also, several case control and cohort studies have reported associations between cannabis use and suicide in adolescents and young adults, while at the same time heavy cannabis use increased the risk of depression. It is becoming more and more evident that the legalization of cannabis has opened a Pandora’s Box which will affect populations at large while contributing to major physical and mental overtones as a whole. As noted, the long term effects of cannabis use, will spill over into the workplace, as well as the home, to where normal social behavior will be affected.
If that isn’t enough, cannabis use is suspected to cause lung and upper respiratory tract cancers because the smoke contains many of the same carcinogens as tobacco smoke. A New Zealand casecontrol study of lung cancer in 79 adults under the age of 55 years and 324 community controls found a dose response relationship between frequency of cannabis use and lung cancer risk.
In summary, there is overwhelming research that contradicts the gathering consensus that marijuana is safe for recreational and medical use while the latest studies, which are many, speak for themselves. Being stoned every day is not living life the way it was meant to be lived. It is meant to be lived joyfully and with the clarity of mind to where a person may impart a cheerful character that bears a pattern of good temperament and which emanates a colorful disposition. This truth is nothing new, for the joy of laughter has been the medicine of the ages.
Chuck Frank lives in Penn Valley.
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