Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy
Quote: Originally Posted by GraemeAlcohol's healthy in moderation - approximately 1 drink per day. Where marijuana is not healthy, while recent studies of shown that marijuana may not cause lung cancer it is suspected in promoting other types of cancer, as well as heart disease much like tobacco cigarettes. Also marijuana deposits large quantities of tar in the lungs causing oxygen deprivation in the blood.Quote has been trimmed
Yes, THC is a very effective painkiller, new THC based drugs are coming out on the market making the legalization of marijuana pointless and counterproductive. Many people in the test studies report that the processed THC is far more effective than smoking a joint in relieving pain.Marijuana should be legalized simply because a very large minority of people choose to use it, and its negative traits are less than some substances now legal, namely tobacco and alcohol.
I've known people who smoked dope almost daily for 35 years.......they have loving families, raised good kids, hold down jobs, stay married, and are reasonably healthy in their early fifties.
The illegality of marijuana does more harm than the substance itself.
I support decriminalization but not legalization. If it were to be legalized obviously far more people would use it. Due to the culture many people would roll their own or use completely insufficent filtering methods such as bongs. (speculative
We would see a very large spike in cancers due to smoking weed at a time when we are finally reducing cancers due to smoking tabbaco.
Alcohol in moderation has NO ill effects (excluding allergies), and like I said before is beneficial, actually helping to prevent heart disease, and depending on the type of alcohol - can actually be an antioxidant (ie. wine especially red).
Actually, Studies have shown a synthetic cannabinoid could possibly stall the decline of the brain due to Alzheimer's by reducing inflammation.
While over the last 4 decades people started to believe that there are no long term effects of marijuana, rencently new and better studies have come to show that this is not the case. (even though you can still find many many sites to support the "no long term effects" belief.)
The fact is prior to the 1970's there was no way of starting a substantial or reliable study on the long term effects of marijuana as it was very illegal. Since the 70s many new studies have started although it wasn't until the late 80's that real studies started to emerge. The long-term consequences are as follows:
Someone who smokes marijuana regularly can have many of the same respiratory problems as cigarette smokers. Persistent coughing, symptoms of bronchitis and more frequent chest colds are possible symptoms. There are over 400 chemicals that have been found in marijuana smoke. Benzyprene, a known human carcinogen, is present in marijuana smoke. Regardless of the THC content, the amount of tar inhaled by marijuana smokers and the level of carbon monoxide are 3 to 5 times higher than in cigarette smoke. This is most likely due to inhaling marijuana more deeply, holding the smoke in the lungs and because marijuana smoke is unfiltered.
(although recently it was found that other chemicals in cannibus kill the cells before they can develop into a cancerous growth in the lungs)
Memory and learning
Recent research shows that regular marijuana use compromises the ability to learn and to remember information by impairing the ability to focus, sustain, and shift attention. One study also found that long-term use reduces the ability to organize and integrate complex information.
In addition, marijuana impairs short-term memory and decreases motivation to accomplish tasks, even after the high is over. In one study, even small doses impaired the ability to recall words from a list seen 20 minutes earlier.
Long-term marijuana use suppresses the production of hormones that help regulate the reproductive system. For men, this can cause decreased sperm counts and very heavy users can experience erectile dysfunction. Women may experience irregular periods from heavy marijuana use. These problems would most likely result in a decreased ability to conceive but not lead to complete infertility.