MJ–Touted as Cure-all … March 03, 2014

Various postings I have seen on Facebook have asserted, actually asserted,MJ tattoo health benefits in smoking Marijuana. It is, I admit, a proven fact that marijuana can inhibit pain in some suffering individuals, but, they need not smoke it.

mj redeyesSome of the short-term effects are:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased rate of breathing
  • Red eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite
  • Slowed reaction time

Although these short-term effects diminish somewhat after three or four hours, marijuana remains in your system up to a month after use. Lingering effects mean you will be impaired for several days to weeks after the high.

MJ paranoidOther short-term effects of MJ:

  • Distorted sense of time
  • Paranoia
  • Magical or “random” thinking
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Anxiety and depression

Many will dispute my assertion that Magical or “random” thinking and a Distorted sense of time are hallucinations, but since they really do not happen, distorted time, or magical thinking manifested, what else could they be? Anyway, people are on average paranoid enough without being prompted to be more so by a drug. Short-term memory loss? Sounds like an effect alcohol provides if someone over imbibes. Anxiety? Depression? I can live without those effects as well.

Desire children? Heavy marijuana use lowers men’s testosterone levels and sperm count as well as the quality of the sperm. Heavy pot use diminishes libido and fertility.

Although marijuana may not be physically addictive, despite the fact that even some occasional users report withdrawal symptoms, the drug is psychologically addictive, as anything that provides a preferred state, a good feeling, would be. Heavy users have higher rates of dependence, just as alcoholics do.

MJ depressionSymptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Depressed mood
  • Decreased appetite

Although it can not be said that MJ is a “gateway” drug, it is true that pot smokers are more likely to use other drugs after trying MJ.

Smoking anything is unnatural and permanently damaging to lung tissue. Converted to an oil or put into capsules, or even brownies, would be safer alternatives.

For some reason MJ advocates think that employers will stop screening for MJ after its legalization. Since MJ has such long term effects, affecting motor skills, I would very much doubt that. I, personally, would not want to work in a dangerous environment along side someone under its influence.

In closing I say, I advocate the legalization of MJ for only one reason: People are going to use it anyway, so it should be taxed. Taxed to the hilt.

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4 Responses to MJ–Touted as Cure-all … March 03, 2014

  1. - D says:

    Reblogged this on Cannabis Journal.

  2. M says:

    cite your sources?

  3. drenn1077 says:

    Are you familiar with “links”, if so, please click on “marijuana” in the first sentence of the post and you will be taken to the main source of the information. As far as the touted cure-all claim, that is fabricated as a result of the number of various medical claims I have seen on my timeline on Facebook. It seemed that MJ could cure everything, every disease, genetic or otherwise. As a result of all these various medical claims it also appeared that there were no risks involved in MJ use. As can be seen, there are. From the various particles taken in by the lungs to the possible psychological addiction the risks are very real. Just as with alcohol, the more you use, the more the risks.
    The purpose of the post is to simply state that there are risks. Despite these risks people are going to go ahead and ingest the drug be it because they are weak and wish to escape into an unreal world or because they have some hidden death wish. Truly such use cannot be said the result of love of self or life.
    I will never partake of the substance as I need no more temptations. I have learned to love life and love myself as a person. I will try to treat my body as if it were a beloved thoroughbred that deserves the best foods and utmost respect.
    I advocate the legalization of MJ for one sole reason, well, perhaps two: 1.People will use it regardless for whatever equivocated reason. 2.Tax it to the max.
    There are two substances that I do use: 1.Alcohol, in the form of maybe one or two Guinness a month 2. Caffeine, I love my coffee, one or two cups a day.

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