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With this it is about time to settle it... Calling on all Science who study the human mind & body!

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By The Week's Editorial Staff | The Week – Sat, Nov 24, 2012. Posted 25 Nov.

1 in 3 Americans admit to having smoked pot. 5 million use it almost every day. And experts say we still know surprisingly little about this drug
How does marijuana get users high?
When marijuana is smoked or eaten, a chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is absorbed into the bloodstream, activating proteins in the user's brain and spinal cord. This produces short-term psychoactive effects, including euphoria, a heightened state of awareness, and a sharp appetite. It's a high many Americans enjoy: One in three admits to having tried marijuana, and 5 million use it almost every day. Already allowed for medical use in 18 states, marijuana has just been legalized for recreational use in Colorado and Washington state. But even as pot moves toward mainstream acceptance, questions persist about its long-term effects on the mind and body. "We know surprisingly little about marijuana, given its widespread use," said Jonathan P. Caulkins, a policy expert at Carnegie Mellon University.


Hasn't pot always been considered harmful?
Not at all. Marijuana, the dried form of the plant Cannabis sativa, was used as an herbal remedy for centuries in China, the Middle East, and Asia. William O'Shaughnessy, a physician for the East India Tea Company, brought it west in the 1830s as a treatment for rheumatism, tetanus, and rabies. It was commonly prescribed as a pain reliever in the U.S. until the 1930s, when its growing popularity caused such concern that the newly founded Federal Bureau of Narcotics reclassified it as a narcotic. The bureau soon launched a decidedly unscientific campaign claiming that marijuana use provoked insanity, homicidal tendencies, and uncontrollable lust. The marijuana user, the bureau asserted, "becomes a fiend with savage or 'caveman' tendencies. His sex desires are aroused, and some of the most horrible crimes result."

We need answers to the above and what I skipped below.

Was there any evidence for such claims?


Does research bear that out?

What positive effects can it have?

Why is marijuana's impact so unsettled?

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A better question is "Is marijuana bad for the people AROUND you?"...
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And we should consider what effcxts there are for making it legal. And all social aspects this would create.

Any other concerns related to this and what I posted above?
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I would think that smoking anything can't be good for you.
I do not think it's "bad" enough to warrant its being illegal, when things like cigarettes (as bad as if not worse for one's lungs) and alcohol (as bad as if not worse for one's mental state) are legal.
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I would hope we can have a deep discussion on this topic sense 17 states have made it legal up to a point.

And some of the countrys in Europe have limited use of it. Rule, the economy, health, which there is little research of and little has been done in the labs on this topic.

So please start searching. nCause we know these questions are not right or are understudied..

Was there any evidence for such claims?


Does research bear that out?

What positive effects can it have?

Why is marijuana's impact so unsettled?

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For me personally? Yes. It makes my blood pressure go up. Haven't smoked it in many many years.
However the government doesn't know much about it because they have never officially studied it. And why should they? The research grants go to pharmaceutical companies and none of them has an interest in a drug that will compete with so many high dollar remedies.
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For me personally? Yes. It makes my blood pressure go up. Haven't smoked it in many many years.
However the government doesn't know much about it because they have never officially studied it. And why should they? The research grants go to pharmaceutical companies and none of them has an interest in a drug that will compete with so many high dollar remedies.
Yet like today in the RECALL topic and the ads one see on TV for Lawyer's looking for customers these pharmaceutical companies get hammered.

And as I said with 17 states allowing it. It is now time to do these studies.
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It is bad for some things and good for others. It's like a tool. If you use it sparingly for whatever it is intended for that's fine. I think the hypocrisy stems from it's affect on the body compared to booze.

The serious growing issue is Rx drugs. Kids are using those things like crazy and dying.
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It is bad for some things and good for others. It's like a tool. If you use it sparingly for whatever it is intended for that's fine. I think the hypocrisy stems from it's affect on the body compared to booze.

The serious growing issue is Rx drugs. Kids are using those things like crazy and dying.
I read an article recently about how one of the most at-risk groups for prescription drug overdose today is middle class men in their late 30s and 40s.
They are prescribed painkillers after a back injury, and simply never get off them. Instead they become addicted and begin requiring higher doses and stronger prescriptions to manage their chronic back pain. Four or five years after the initial injury, they die of a drug overdose.
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I read an article recently about how one of the most at-risk groups for prescription drug overdose today is middle class men in their late 30s and 40s.
They are prescribed painkillers after a back injury, and simply never get off them. Instead they become addicted and begin requiring higher doses and stronger prescriptions to manage their chronic back pain. Four or five years after the initial injury, they die of a drug overdose.
I have a pile of them that doctors have given me for various injuries that I never asked for or taken. I figure to supplement my income when I'm older by selling them to guys in their 30's and 40's. Those and the Cialis and viagra they hand out that I don't use. Do you think they go bad?
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