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Why smoking a joint could be the wolf in sheep's clothing?
Sunday, July 20 2008
Why smoking a joint could be the wolf in sheep's clothing
Cannabis does far more harm to your brain than you might think, says Dr Harry Barry
The Sunday Independent (Ireland)
RECENT research from Trinity College, Dublin, into the effects of chronic use of cannabis has confirmed what many GPs and psychiatrists have known for quite some time: namely, that it adversely affects the brain -- particularly the prefrontal cortex, our thinking, rational, logical brain.
See: New study offers further proof of cannabis brain drain, ( Monday July 14 2008 )
Their studies related to evidence of memory loss, but there has been plenty of clinical and research evidence to show how chronic use can lead to depression, psychosis and schizophrenia.
I am particularly concerned about the use of hash in the under-25 age group. The brains of those aged from 12 to 25 goes through a maturing process and is very vulnerable to the effects of this drug and subsequent appearance of these illnesses.
But there is another hidden epidemic that I would like to make many parents in particular aware of -- and it relates to a condition that therapists call the Demotivational Syndrome. It typically occurs in the early to mid-20s -- and I am seeing it increasingly in young males.
It is caused by chronic use of cannabis, often over a period of years. In many cases, parents have been worried about their son or daughter's behaviour, but completely unaware of the cause -- for the presentation of the Demotivational Syndrome is often subtle and insidious.
The signs will usually start to appear in the late teens or early 20s with a gradual appearance of a combination of apathy and seeming boredom. They seem 'chilled out'; don't really want to work or study; seem happy to sleep late; want to listen to their music and hang out with their peer group friends. They may start college courses and after a while 'drop out' -- usually informing their parents that it just 'didn't suit them'. In some cases they may have 'tried' a number of courses but keep dropping out.
In other cases they may start jobs but never seem to remain, becoming bored very quickly. Sometimes they appear quite moody, becoming quite irritable if challenged about their behaviour.
Parents may in turn feel anxious and frustrated. But in an era where male suicide is a major worry, they are afraid to challenge them too much. In some cases the parents will be aware their children smoke cigarettes or misuse alcohol, but may regard both as 'normal' behaviour for the age group.
The major concern may be that the young male is depressed, and this may be the eventual reason they might arrive at the family doctor. In some cases the young person themselves may look for help as they may be suffering from bouts of feeling low or from anxiety.
Unfortunately, in many cases, the young person may lie about their misuse of hash or may not even consider it to be a problem, saying cannabis is not "hard drugs".
The reason for all these symptoms lies in the developing brain -- especially the dopamine system (our so called pleasure system). The key player lies in our limbic emotional brain, and I call it the pleasure box (nucleus accumbens). This box lights up when we have sex, drink alcohol or use drugs.
But the dopamine system is also vital for motivation. When we continuously barrage it with substances such as hash, the system becomes less sensitive, and we no longer find normal life experiences rewarding or interesting.
The dopamine receptors in our emotional brain have become, like the sufferer, jaded and uninterested -- and the longer this state continues, the more chronic it becomes.
The most important part of treating this syndrome is, in my opinion, the recognition by parents of the enemy in their midst. The young male may genuinely not realise the dangers of chronic hash use or their lack of interest or motivation, or that their brief periods of low mood or anxiety are due to it. Many are looking for help but don't recognise the cause of their problems.
This is where parents can play a role -- by making themselves aware of the possibility of chronic hash use in situations where the young person may be showing signs of the above. If you ever see scorch marks on the clothes of a young person, warning bells should sound, as normal cigarettes do not produce them.
If suspicious, you have to gently but firmly broach the topic. It may save both you and the young male years of frustration and wasted life experience.
The good news is that if the young person totally ceases to use the drug, their dopamine system will, over a six- to 12-month period, gradually return to normal and their natural enthusiasm and motivation will reappear.
Any mood swings will usually settle and you will see the return of the young person you love. If any residual difficulties remain then I feel some CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) should be the treatment of choice.
Dr Harry Barry is author of 'Flagging the Problem: a new Approach to Mental Health' and is director of Aware
Contact: [email protected]
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that article starts by citing a previously discredited report... yet another example of fear tactics that the government has been using the whole time.
wait, let me get this straight... if you fry an egg you can get fucked up?
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I got this from echeat.com. Read the article at
Free Essay Reasons why Marijuana Should be Legalized in the US
marijuana is very different from harder drugs. That is, marijuana use comes largely without the ill effects of such drugs as cocaine, heroin, and to an extent, tobacco. Unlike tobacco, heroin, and cocaine, marijuana is not physically addictive, and there is no possibility of an overdose. The primary effects of marijuana are an increased sense of well being, relaxation and euphoria. Contrary to common belief, marijuana does not kill brain cells, and the study that originally indicated this has since been discredited by numerous and more wide-ranging studies. British, Canadian, and American commissions have all concluded that the individual and social risks associated with marijuana use are small. It is true, however, that marijuana smoke inhaled through a 'joint' or marijuana cigarette contains as much as four times more 'tar' than smoke from a regular cigarette. Some may argue that this fact alone should be enough to sustain the laws as they are. On the contrary, the vast majority of the estimated twenty million Americans who smoke marijuana every year smoke less than once a week. (According to www.norml.org) In addition to this, all of the 'tar' in marijuana smoke can be removed if it is smoked in a hookah or vaporized as it is in many of the coffee shops or hash bars in Amsterdam. The research of S. Szara author of The Pharmacology of marijuana concludes, "[occasional use] does not lead to detectable physical or mental health consequences." Those opposed to legalization may also argue that allowing what they deem as a 'step up drug' will only cause the numbers of heavy drug users to skyrocket. However, research has failed to show that marijuana is any more of a 'step up drug' than alcohol. Moreover, if marijuana and alcohol were non-existent, critics would likely regard ecstasy or LSD as 'step up drugs' to heroin. A long-term study done by Kaiser Permanente, a large American health insurance company, indicated that marijuana prohibition itself poses the only significant health hazard to the user. This health hazard consists of the small chance that marijuana bought on the street might be mixed or 'laced' with other much more harmful drugs or chemicals; a danger that would be effectively eliminated by legalization and government regulation.
I agree wholeheartedly.
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I have a good friend that smokes literally every 2-3 hours. hes been smoking for 7 years. He is no different from when i knew him 8 years ago.
He owns his own rim/tire shop.
I thought "DRUGS" were supposed to make us "losers" and "low lives"
Hes making pretty good money, happy, and no health problems.
I've known people who have smoked continously for over 35 years. Some are business owners, one is a doctor, 2 are cops. They seem fine to me but what would I know. I'm just an old pothead.
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