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What Are The Dangers of Marijuana Use?

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  1. silentthunder

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    Marijuana has often been touted as one of the safest recreational substances available. This is perhaps true; many reputable scientific studies support the conclusion that cocaine, heroine, alcohol, and even cigarettes are more dangerous to the user's health than marijuana. In addition, the celebrated pharmacological properties of cannabis have led thirty-six states to permit its use as a therapeutic drug for, among others, those suffering from AIDS; various painful, incurable and debilitating illnesses; the harmful side effects of cancer chemotherapy, and glaucoma.
    Nonetheless, it would be fallacious to conclude that because the chemicals in marijuana have been found to present fewer dangers than some very harmful substances, the medical or recreational use of marijuana is perfectly safe. In a recreational context, marijuana has been shown to affect health, brain function, and memory. And in a medical context, marijuana is like any other powerful prescription drug: it has potentially dangerous side effects.

    EFFECTS OF HABITUAL MARIJUANA USE ON THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
    The most potent argument against the use of marijuana to treat medical disorders is that marijuana may cause the acceleration or aggravation of the very disorders it is being used to treat.
    Smoking marijuana regularly (a joint a day) can damage the cells in the bronchial passages which protect the body against inhaled microorganisms and decrease the ability of the immune cells in the lungs to fight off fungi, bacteria, and tumor cells. For patients with already weakened immune systems, this means an increase in the possibility of dangerous pulmonary infections, including pneumonia, which often proves fatal in AIDS patients.
    Studies further suggest that marijuana is a general "immunosuppressant" whose degenerative influence extends beyond the respiratory system. Regular smoking has been shown to materially affect the overall ability of the smoker's body to defend itself against infection by weakening various natural immune mechanisms, including macrophages (a.k.a. "killer cells") and the all-important T-cells. Obviously, this suggests the conclusion, which is well-supported by scientific studies, that the use of marijuana as a medical therapy can and does have a very serious negative effect on patients with pre-existing immune deficits resulting from AIDS, organ transplantation, or cancer chemotherapy, the very conditions for which marijuana has most often been touted and suggested as a treatment. It has also been shown that marijuana use can accelerate the progression of HIV to full-blown AIDS and increase the occurrence of infections and Kaposi's sarcoma. In addition, patients with weak immune systems will be even less able to defend themselves against the various respiratory cancers and conditions to which consistent marijuana use has been linked, and which are discussed briefly under "Respiratory Illnesses."
    In conclusion, it seems that the potential dangers presented by the medical use of marijuana may actually contribute to the dangers of the diseases which it would be used to combat. Therefore, I suggest that marijuana should not be permitted as a therapy, at least until a good deal more conclusive research has been completed concerning its debilitating effect on the immune system.
    For more on this topic, please see Donald P. Tashkin, M.D., "Effects of Marijuana on the Lung and Its Immune Defenses," Secretary's Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Intiative: Resource Papers, March 1997, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Pages 33-51 of this address can be found at the website of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University, located at http://www.drugs.indiana.edu/druginfo/tashkin- marijuana.html.

    RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES
    The main respiratory consequences of smoking marijuana regularly (one joint a day) are pulmonary infections and respiratory cancer, whose connection to marijuana use has been strongly suggested but not conclusively proven. The effects also include chronic bronchitis, impairment in the function of the smaller air passages, inflammation of the lung, the development of potentially pre-cancerous abnormalities in the bronchial lining and lungs, and, as discussed, a reduction in the capabilities of many defensive mechanisms within the lungs.
    Marijuana smoke and cigarette smoke contain many of the same toxins, including one which has been identified as a key factor in the promotion of lung cancer. This toxin is found in the tar phase of both, and it should be noted that one joint has four times more tar than a cigarette, which means that the lungs are exposed four-fold to this toxin and others in the tar. It has been concretely established that smoking cigarettes promotes lung cancer (which causes more than 125,000 deaths in the US every year), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis and emphysema) and increased incidence of respiratory tract infections. This implies, but does not establish, that smoking marijuana may lead to some of the same results as smoking cigarettes. It is notable that several reports indicate an unexpectedly large proportion ofmarijuana users among cases of lung cancer and cancers of the oral cavity,pharynx, and larynx. Thus, it appears that the use of marijuana as a medicine has the potential to further harm an already ill patient in the same way that taking up regular cigarette smoking would, particularly in light of the fact that those patients for whom marijuana is recommended are already poorly equipped to fight off these infections and diseases.
    For more information, please see the Tashkin website mentioned at the end of the section on immune disorders. See also:


    MENTAL HEALTH, BRAIN FUNCTION, AND MEMORY
    It has been suggested that marijuana is at the root of many mental disorders, including acute toxic psychosis, panic attacks (one of the very conditions it is being used experimentally to treat), flashbacks, delusions, depersonalization, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, and uncontrollable aggressiveness. Marijuana has long been known to trigger attacks of mental illness, such as bipolar (manic-depressive) psychosis and schizophrenia. This connection with mental illness should make health care providers for terminally ill patients and the patients themselves, who may already be suffering from some form of clinical depression, weigh very carefully the pros and cons of adopting a therapeutic course of marijuana.
    In the short term, marijuana use impairs perception, judgment, thinking, memory, and learning; memory defects may persist six weeks after last use. Mental disorders connected with marijuana use merit their own category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) IV, published by the American Psychiatric Association. These include Cannabis Intoxication (consisting of impaired motor coordination, anxiety, impaired judgment, sensation of slowed time, social withdrawal, and often includes perceptual disturbances; Cannabis Intoxication Delirium (memory deficit, disorientation); Cannabis Induced Psychotic Disorder, Delusions; Cannabis Induced Psychotic Disorder, Hallucinations; and Cannabis Induced Anxiety Disorder.
    In addition, marijuana use has many indirect effects on health. Its effect on coordination, perception, and judgment means that it causes a number of accidents, vehicular and otherwise.
    For further information, you may find the following sites helpful:

    http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/marijuana-use-and-its-effects

     
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  2. cloverdan

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    so, why did you post this?
     
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  3. KeyMouse

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    BS ! Marijuana will make you a rebell, that's why it's illegal
     
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    Yup, I know people who are now schizophrenic because of smoking weed. I myself smoke daily, although I'm trying to quit. it's a bad habit.. I have to be alone when I smoke now or I will trip out! It made me way more paranoid.. Thank for posting this, when people first start smoking pot they don't read the negative side effects, only the good.

    This is coming from someone who smokes.. If you haven't started, why start? Why wait to find out if it will fuck you up.
     
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    so, why are you asking?
     
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    marijuana-ruins-lives.jpg

    :d
     
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    I need some dope just to read that first post.
     
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    Here is a video that relates to this; I found it interesting.
     
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    i think the dangers of weed is possibly wrecking your brain and posting DP threads like this one :p

    looking forward to more interesting threads such as: What is seo? what is a backlink? and many more :)
     
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    Its a really really dangers drugs, but most people might think its oky to use. I know one of my friend used to smoke it everyday and it did effect his brain. And also I smoke as well not for that long but I find its really make me paranoid, so I quit and say never again. Life is more fun and healthy without any drugs :)
    Small advice:- when you take the drugs its just make you happy or whatever for a certain amount of time and that what happened to you, did you ever realized! Try to live without drugs for few month you will feel the real life and the fresh air. :)
     
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    :canabis: :D :D :D :D :canabis:
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    Thanks for this wonderful informative post

    Everyone must take care not to use such drugs for momentary pleasure
     
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    my friends eyes fell out when he smoked marijuana!
     
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    The only danger is that all of the snacks in your kitchen will be gone after 30 minutes :D
     
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    You become stupider and sloppier. Lethargic. Trust me man, that stuff just hinders your true potential. I regret wasting my time for 4 years smoking that crap when I could have been studying IM. It lead me to nothing positive.

    I quit smoking at 18.
     
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    Real talk.

    If someone made false medical claims several people, including Mods and Execs would jump on them and practically
    stamp the thread out of existence. I know from posting threads that seemed radical until I provided medical references
    and was acknowledged.
    One of those times my thread was deleted anyway because it offended a donor and I wasn't a donor at the time. :confused:

    Yet, so many disregard medical proof about pot. I'm for legalization of pot, coke and heroin and definitely for the right
    to bear arms! I'm for honesty and education about drugs instead of prohibitions, government sponsored drug cartels
    and drug "opinions" because schools, TVs and cinema bury or cloud the facts.

    I've also smoked more weed than Marley (trust me!) and sold enough to choke a small city. Not proud of it. Just being
    honest. Honesty and education instead of prohibitions and drug opinions. Then choices become more sensible.
     
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    Your food bill will go up
     
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    The dangers are you might improved your life and come up with some ideas.
     
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    Schizophrenia and addiction
     
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