4 Things Pot-Heads Say that Drive Me Nuts (A Sort of Pro Marijuana Rebuttal)

Medical marijuana

First of all, the whole medical marijuana thing drives me crazy. Fine, give marijuana to people with glaucoma if it helps them, cancer patients need a little pot, by all means they should have it; but there is a substantial difference between something being beneficial to certain people who are suffering from disease and good for one and all and their brother.

There’s this sort of smugness that I get a lot from marijuana proponents fighting for medical legalization, as if they were fighting some sort of battle for the greater good. I don’t believe it anyways, I just think they want to get stoned on legal weed…which is fine, but let’s drop this whole doing it for the AIDS patient’s thing.

It’s natural

OK what’s next, oh yeah, the whole it’s from the earth it’s natural it’s good for you line of reasoning. What’s up with that? Sure, smoking a natural herb may not be quite as harmful as sniffing gasoline, but just because things come from the earth doesn’t mean we should put them in our bodies. Opium is from a plant, but smoking a lot of opium never did anyone much good. Cyanide, that’s another one of natures goodies that never seems to make it into the whole, from the earth let’s smoke it line of reasoning. How about cobra venom…can’t get more natural than that.

Alcohol is worse

OK, number three on my list of grievances regards the whole comparison thing with alcohol.

Yes, I get it, alcohol is worse, and it’s legal too; the horror. Get over it already, alcohol isn’t good for you, it surely causes far more pain that marijuana ever will, and it’s far harder on the body as well; but once again, simply because alcohol is worse, doesn’t make marijuana good.

There is no law saying that you need to put any form of intoxicating substance in your body, it’s not as if we are dealing a necessary decision between two evils here. And about the whole alcohol being legal thing; governments would stop it if they could, but they can’t so they don’t. End of story.

Hemp

Yes yes, hemp is a wonderful thing, and I can’t wait until all of my shirts look as scratchy as yours. What’s the deal with marijuana smokers and hemp? They’re so infatuated with that weed they’re even going to wear it on their backs? OK I know hemp has a lot of promise for a great many things and I agree that it is pretty silly to restrict the growth of industrial hemp fibers, without any THC at all in them; but those clothes you’re wearing…I just can’t take you seriously in them

The legalization issue

So now you know where I stand on marijuana legalization…well you’re wrong; I think the money spent on enforcement of marijuana is absurd. I used to smoke marijuana, have since given it up, have friends that use heavily…whatever. It should be a personal decision, based on an awareness of the facts and issues surrounding the use of the drug, and wasting dollars far better destined to health care or education on rooting out plants and busting weed dealers makes no sense at all.

I don’t care as much about the issue since I no longer smoke and have nothing to fear from John Q Law, but even still, I’d like to see a legalization if only to prove that govt. policy makers have enough courage to do what most educated people believe needs doing, but remains such a political minefield.

And it may not help their case much, but I for one would respect the pot heads of the world far more if they’d just come out from behind their smokescreen (pun intended) of medical marijuana and scratchy shirts and all that, and just said "I like to get high, I’m not hurting anyone, get out of my darned business"

 

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Medical marijuana

First of all, the whole medical marijuana thing drives me crazy. Fine, give marijuana to people with glaucoma if it helps them, cancer patients need a little pot, by all means they should have it; but there is a substantial difference between something being beneficial to certain people who are suffering from disease and good for one and all and their brother.

There’s this sort of smugness that I get a lot from marijuana proponents fighting for medical legalization, as if they were fighting some sort of battle for the greater good. I don’t believe it anyways, I just think they want to get stoned on legal weed…which is fine, but let’s drop this whole doing it for the AIDS patient’s thing.

It’s natural

OK what’s next, oh yeah, the whole it’s from the earth it’s natural it’s good for you line of reasoning. What’s up with that? Sure, smoking a natural herb may not be quite as harmful as sniffing gasoline, but just because things come from the earth doesn’t mean we should put them in our bodies. Opium is from a plant, but smoking a lot of opium never did anyone much good. Cyanide, that’s another one of natures goodies that never seems to make it into the whole, from the earth let’s smoke it line of reasoning. How about cobra venom…can’t get more natural than that.

Alcohol is worse

OK, number three on my list of grievances regards the whole comparison thing with alcohol.

Yes, I get it, alcohol is worse, and it’s legal too; the horror. Get over it already, alcohol isn’t good for you, it surely causes far more pain that marijuana ever will, and it’s far harder on the body as well; but once again, simply because alcohol is worse, doesn’t make marijuana good.

There is no law saying that you need to put any form of intoxicating substance in your body, it’s not as if we are dealing a necessary decision between two evils here. And about the whole alcohol being legal thing; governments would stop it if they could, but they can’t so they don’t. End of story.

Hemp

Yes yes, hemp is a wonderful thing, and I can’t wait until all of my shirts look as scratchy as yours. What’s the deal with marijuana smokers and hemp? They’re so infatuated with that weed they’re even going to wear it on their backs? OK I know hemp has a lot of promise for a great many things and I agree that it is pretty silly to restrict the growth of industrial hemp fibers, without any THC at all in them; but those clothes you’re wearing…I just can’t take you seriously in them

The legalization issue

So now you know where I stand on marijuana legalization…well you’re wrong; I think the money spent on enforcement of marijuana is absurd. I used to smoke marijuana, have since given it up, have friends that use heavily…whatever. It should be a personal decision, based on an awareness of the facts and issues surrounding the use of the drug, and wasting dollars far better destined to health care or education on rooting out plants and busting weed dealers makes no sense at all.

I don’t care as much about the issue since I no longer smoke and have nothing to fear from John Q Law, but even still, I’d like to see a legalization if only to prove that govt. policy makers have enough courage to do what most educated people believe needs doing, but remains such a political minefield.

And it may not help their case much, but I for one would respect the pot heads of the world far more if they’d just come out from behind their smokescreen (pun intended) of medical marijuana and scratchy shirts and all that, and just said "I like to get high, I’m not hurting anyone, get out of my darned business"

 

Marijuana Increases the Risks of Kaposi’s Sarcoma

Kaposi’s sarcoma, the skin malignancy infection related to the herpes virus is influenced by the active substance in marijuana, THC. Most prominently seen on AIDS patients, the vast majority of marijuana smokers probably do not need to worry about contracting the painful skin lesions of Kaposi’s sarcoma.

Kaposi’s sarcoma is an opportunistic infection of the skin that occurs when patients are operating with a significantly weakened immune system, such as when immune functioning is compromised by AIDS or after organ transplant surgery. Researchers have known that marijuana use seems to prompt increasing incidences of the condition, but until recently couldn’t say why.

Increased cancer risk

Research at Harvard Medical School looked at the role of THC, which is the active psychotropic substance in marijuana, and found that THC seemed to assist the opportunistic virus in entering the endothelial cells, which are the cells that make up skin and related tissue. The researchers also presented evidence that THC seems to additionally promote the transition to cancerous malignancy of the infected tissue, but they explain that although they are confident that THC is facilitating this malignancy, they are not yet exactly sure what molecular mechanisms are causing the increased cancer risk.

The study authors have concluded that THC increases the risks of Kaposi’s sarcoma, and they as a result caution anyone with a weakened immune system from using marijuana, medically or otherwise. Medical marijuana is currently promoted as an effective antidote to AIDS wasting for its hunger inducing qualities, yet the current study may call into question the practice of medicinal marijuana usage in certain immune system compromised populations.

The research leaders explain that while most regular marijuana smokers have a similar amount of THC in the bloodstream to the amounts used to induce sarcoma in the study, most people are unlikely at risk for this opportunistic infection, and that only those people with compromised immune systems should be concerned. About medical marijuana I am neither for nor against the use of medical marijuana.

Politics

The issue has become too political for my liking, and I believe that proponents on both ides of the debate have lost the ability to rationally argue the merits its usage. The fact that marijuana, in addition to having medical uses is also a mood altering substance does not limit its legitimacy, and if we use that rationale to disclude its usage, neither can we use any number of potent pain medications. Contrarily, neither is medical marijuana likely to be the panacea that its proponents seem to be arguing that it is.

Medical marijuana clearly has some limitations, as is illustrated by this recent research, and may not be as harmless as many would argue. Let’s have a clear examination of the facts, and use this powerful substance in a controlled manner when it proves beneficial, and keep it away from those that it would harm (which is the vast majority).

Kaposi’s sarcoma, the skin malignancy infection related to the herpes virus is influenced by the active substance in marijuana, THC. Most prominently seen on AIDS patients, the vast majority of marijuana smokers probably do not need to worry about contracting the painful skin lesions of Kaposi’s sarcoma.

Kaposi’s sarcoma is an opportunistic infection of the skin that occurs when patients are operating with a significantly weakened immune system, such as when immune functioning is compromised by AIDS or after organ transplant surgery. Researchers have known that marijuana use seems to prompt increasing incidences of the condition, but until recently couldn’t say why.

Increased cancer risk

Research at Harvard Medical School looked at the role of THC, which is the active psychotropic substance in marijuana, and found that THC seemed to assist the opportunistic virus in entering the endothelial cells, which are the cells that make up skin and related tissue. The researchers also presented evidence that THC seems to additionally promote the transition to cancerous malignancy of the infected tissue, but they explain that although they are confident that THC is facilitating this malignancy, they are not yet exactly sure what molecular mechanisms are causing the increased cancer risk.

The study authors have concluded that THC increases the risks of Kaposi’s sarcoma, and they as a result caution anyone with a weakened immune system from using marijuana, medically or otherwise. Medical marijuana is currently promoted as an effective antidote to AIDS wasting for its hunger inducing qualities, yet the current study may call into question the practice of medicinal marijuana usage in certain immune system compromised populations.

The research leaders explain that while most regular marijuana smokers have a similar amount of THC in the bloodstream to the amounts used to induce sarcoma in the study, most people are unlikely at risk for this opportunistic infection, and that only those people with compromised immune systems should be concerned. About medical marijuana I am neither for nor against the use of medical marijuana.

Politics

The issue has become too political for my liking, and I believe that proponents on both ides of the debate have lost the ability to rationally argue the merits its usage. The fact that marijuana, in addition to having medical uses is also a mood altering substance does not limit its legitimacy, and if we use that rationale to disclude its usage, neither can we use any number of potent pain medications. Contrarily, neither is medical marijuana likely to be the panacea that its proponents seem to be arguing that it is.

Medical marijuana clearly has some limitations, as is illustrated by this recent research, and may not be as harmless as many would argue. Let’s have a clear examination of the facts, and use this powerful substance in a controlled manner when it proves beneficial, and keep it away from those that it would harm (which is the vast majority).

Medical marijuana and the finding that marijuana has been linked to psychosis. Is it Medicine?

The issue surrounding marijuana to me is quite clear…people that need it deserve access to it, and people that don’t…well they don’t!

Marijuana users are 40% more likely to develop psychosis later in life. Long perceived as a relatively harmless drug, marihuana continues to show its complicated colors with yet another study pointing to the dangers of illicit consumption. Yet for every one study that shows the dangers of illicit consumption, it seems there are two that show the benefits of marijuana for medical usage. Perhaps we need to demarcate the lines between treatment and fun a little better, and get this "medicine" into the hands of those that can benefit from it, and this "drug" away from those to which it may do harm.

University of Cardiff researchers analyzed long term clinical data on marijuana usage and later incidences of psychosis, over a period of many years, and have linked the two with the data giving statistically strong causal results. Marijuana users have a 40% greater chance of developing psychosis later in life, and the more marijuana is used, the greater that risk becomes. Psychosis is defined a psychiatric condition in which delusions or hallucinations are present. Marijuana today is a very strong psychoactive substance, and it is not surprising that heavy usage of this substance would have some long term consequences.

We need to educate kids as to the potential dangers of the drug they are smoking, and get people to realize that today’s marijuana is serious stuff, and can cause long and lasting health implications. Too often I see the marijuana issue clouded by those that wish to smoke it illicitly, arguing for the benefits of medical marijuana…and to me this is apples and oranges; and just because something is medically appropriate, it doesn’t mean that’s it’s a good idea to use it on a recreational basis.

Policy makers, out of compassion and mercy, let cancer patients, AIDS wasting sufferers and glaucoma patients have the marijuana they need to make them feel better. To politicize the drug at the expense of these people is shameful. To everyone else, stop using the medical argument when all you really want to do is to use the drug to get high. That’s my 2 cents worth anyway.

The issue surrounding marijuana to me is quite clear…people that need it deserve access to it, and people that don’t…well they don’t!

Marijuana users are 40% more likely to develop psychosis later in life. Long perceived as a relatively harmless drug, marihuana continues to show its complicated colors with yet another study pointing to the dangers of illicit consumption. Yet for every one study that shows the dangers of illicit consumption, it seems there are two that show the benefits of marijuana for medical usage. Perhaps we need to demarcate the lines between treatment and fun a little better, and get this "medicine" into the hands of those that can benefit from it, and this "drug" away from those to which it may do harm.

University of Cardiff researchers analyzed long term clinical data on marijuana usage and later incidences of psychosis, over a period of many years, and have linked the two with the data giving statistically strong causal results. Marijuana users have a 40% greater chance of developing psychosis later in life, and the more marijuana is used, the greater that risk becomes. Psychosis is defined a psychiatric condition in which delusions or hallucinations are present. Marijuana today is a very strong psychoactive substance, and it is not surprising that heavy usage of this substance would have some long term consequences.

We need to educate kids as to the potential dangers of the drug they are smoking, and get people to realize that today’s marijuana is serious stuff, and can cause long and lasting health implications. Too often I see the marijuana issue clouded by those that wish to smoke it illicitly, arguing for the benefits of medical marijuana…and to me this is apples and oranges; and just because something is medically appropriate, it doesn’t mean that’s it’s a good idea to use it on a recreational basis.

Policy makers, out of compassion and mercy, let cancer patients, AIDS wasting sufferers and glaucoma patients have the marijuana they need to make them feel better. To politicize the drug at the expense of these people is shameful. To everyone else, stop using the medical argument when all you really want to do is to use the drug to get high. That’s my 2 cents worth anyway.