The Terrible Truth About Pot Finally Comes To Light

A definitive 20-year study into the effects of long-term cannabis use has demolished the argument that the drug is safe. Cannabis is highly addictive, causes mental health problems and...
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It doubles risk of developing psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12

A definitive 20-year study into the effects of long-term cannabis use has demolished the argument that the drug is safe. Cannabis is highly addictive, causes mental health problems and opens the door to hard drugs, the study found.

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The paper by Professor Wayne Hall, a drugs advisor to the World Health Organisation, builds a compelling case against those who deny the devastation cannabis wreaks on the brain. Professor Hall found:

  • One in six teenagers who regularly smoke the drug become dependent on it,
  • Cannabis doubles the risk of developing psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia,
  • Cannabis users do worse at school. Heavy use in adolescence appears to impair intellectual development
  • One in ten adults who regularly smoke the drug become dependent on it and those who use it are more likely to go on to use harder drugs,
  • Driving after smoking cannabis doubles the risk of a car crash, a risk which increases substantially if the driver has also had a drink,
  • Smoking it while pregnant reduces the baby’s birth weight.

Last night Professor Hall, a professor of addiction policy at King’s College London, dismissed the views of those who say that cannabis is harmless.

‘If cannabis is not addictive then neither is heroin or alcohol,’ he said‘It is often harder to get people who are dependent on cannabis through withdrawal than for heroin – we just don’t know how to do it.’

Those who try to stop taking cannabis often suffer anxiety, insomnia, appetite disturbance and depression, he found. Even after treatment, less than half can stay off the drug for six months.

 

 

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  • Carole

    This is was what they taught us in high school “back in the day.” Strange how it took so many years and who knows how many tax payer dollars to come back around with the same thing they knew then.

    Don’t get me wrong I’m not against using Canibis for medicinal purposes, but for recreation? No.

    • Carol

      Has anyone heard they have —DRINKABLE MARIJUANA—. I forgot where, I read it, but you will find it somewhere on the Internet. I always go to ask.com, and type it it the box, and stuff comes up about it, there are many other ways to find out. DRINKABLE MARIJUANA –DISGUSTING—- The world NEEDS JESUS CHRIST!!!!!

  • MRH

    As a former druggie, I will say that there is no safe drug, be it legal or not. All drugs are bodily toxins in one way or another. Likewise with most food and drink stuff, only pure water is safe. If it enters the body, and is not healthy, then problems could prevail. So in some senses, choose your poison, as death always awaits us all. All we can do is prolong death, we can’t escape it yet. Only at the rapture will the death trend be over, and only for believers 😀

    • MRH

      Repent while time allows 💡

    • Joy Thompson

      I don’t agree with you about “most food and drink” not being safe. God made many things we can eat and drink that won’t hurt us in their natural state.

      I am glad that you know about the rapture. This means, I hope, that you have accepted Jesus as your Savior. Praise God.

      Many people who used drugs, ie., smoked pot, while they were young, are clueless about many things because, as many studies have proven, (yes, PROVEN), smoking pot makes your I.Q. go down. In other words, it makes you stupid.

      • Cynthia Gedick

        While I understand what you’re trying to do with this post; you fail to understand why people like me are pushing for it to become legal. Cannabis in its medicinal form is the only known “cure” for epilepsy for millions. Israel is leading this research. I find it hard to believe that you are not an advocate for what God created but instead demonizing cannabis?

        • Mrs.A

          WHY would I “demonize” cannabis?

          Well, I happen to know an ENTIRE FAMILY torn apart by drug use….the drug of choice? Yuppers….pot. AND….I happen to know a man who has chosen pot over his wife and family and he has tossed all his other “good friends” over for his “pot smoking buddies” and this is a GROWN MATURE MAN! NOT ADDICTIVE? You bet your booties it is!
          Getting back to this man I know: He has CHRONIC GASTRITIS, SEVERE DEPRESSION and does NOTHING ALL DAY but lay on the couch. His bank account is depleted and I will say his future is looking BLEAK!
          I have “witnessed” to this man many times and he looks at me like I am speaking no English what so ever.
          WHY does he not “get” what I am speaking of? Well, when you drink or do drugs you open yourself up to demonic influences and keep smoking, shooting or drinking long enough and they will take up residence.
          DEMONIZING CANNABIS? You bet your booties am am going to do it until my last breath.
          I have been called horrible names for speaking out against this “drug” and let’s not chocolate coat it….it’s a DRUG! PLAIN AND SIMPLE! Clear enough….I have watched this harmless “drug” destroy lives, families, homes and marriages leaving lives in tatters. The ONLY thing these people “love” are their highs and the only people they are loyal to are their drug smoking buddies.
          Now, medical research….that’s a different story. HOWEVER….when you open up that can of worms you will have addicts getting medical marijuana and doctors will clear them if they just “pay their bill”…..docs make money and the addicts get access to LEGAL marijuana. They are not in need of it medically speaking but they can get a card…..just pay the doc and it’s a win-win for both the addict and the doctor who just made an EASY 100.00 or so dollars.
          It’s a VERY slippery slope and a VERY DANGEROUS one.

          Rant over…..this issues angers me as there is such a push for legalizing this substance. What kind of “zombies” will those smokers turn into? Better controlled individuals which is exactly what our govt. wants. GOD HELP US!

          MARANATHA LORD JESUS!

          • Cynthia Gedick

            There’s one thing you keep saying: “these people”…which implies it’s a personal choice. “These people” choose pot, that doesn’t change the medicinal properties of the plant! It doesn’t change how many people have been helped w/ cannabis. It doesn’t change the facts; people destroy their own lives. People destroy their own marriages. Implying that a plant destroyed a human is ludicrous! I bet you’re a pro-life activist too, correct? Me too, I love Jesus! However it’s hypocritical to demand others save the lives of their babies, yet deny the means to do so for others. If you’re so “for” life and family then advocate for it, completely!

          • Cynthia Gedick

            This may be hard to watch, but its reality. It’s my reality. Seizures will ultimately take my child’s life, the pharmaceutical drugs cause so many issues that cannot be listed in this comment; yet CBD has zero side effects and work immediately when administered orally. However, it’s illegal and I cannot treat her because of the ignorance and bad stigma. Please watch…

            Cyndimae – Let me Have My Medicine Anywhere Anytim: http://youtu.be/vwWvi1a85jU

          • Reeeb0k

            You act like anything couldn’t have torn that family apart. I’ve seen families torn apart because a man decided he was going to be lazy and eat fast food all day, then proceeded to inch his way up to 600 lbs and couldn’t do anything for himself. It isn’t just drug use that tears families apart! If something isn’t going to last, it isn’t going to last. Point blank. If it wouldn’t have been the weed, then it would have been something else. Sloth is one of the 7 deadly sins, and I’ve known plenty of productive pot heads, myself as a business owner included. No it isn’t medicinal, yes it is recreational. I know there’s a time to work and a time to play. If other people who smoke pot don’t grasp that concept, it’s on them. Kind of like drinkers becoming alcoholics, and what have you. Plus, if that guy was that big of a piece of crap, he was probably either using other drugs too, and/or dealing pot as well, which I don’t agree with. It should be made legal so we can cut out the illegal drug dealers who most likely sell other drugs too. Obtain it legally and have no issues.

          • nannette

            AMEN MRS. A!! You are right. I just tried to witness to a pot head a couple of weeks ago. You can’t reason with them. They always have an answer to throw back at you. I have many relatives have or had drug addiction. They are messed up. It opens them up to demon possession. I have seen it with my own eyes. Alcohol and pot plus prescription drugs they hand out at the legalized drug pusher’s clinics all over the world called “Doctor’s Offices.” It is all over television, almost every commercial, pick your poison. “Neither repented thy of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” Revelation 9:21 “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and all that were slain upon the earth.” Revelation 18:23&24

        • Joy Thompson

          I don’t think cannabis should be totally illegal. Just like I don’t think morphine should be totally illegal. It serves a purpose…but there is a huge potential for misuse.

          • Cynthia Gedick

            I agree. Anything can be misused and abused. There are those who misuse food, I.e., bulimics, but it’s absurd to deny that substance that actually sustains simply because they abuse it…instead we teach them about healthy ingestion, etc. Cannabis also sustains those who do not respond to pharmaceutical medication…those who abuse it have made it inaccessible to those who need it; it’s time to educate the public and share it’s life-giving purpose. God put it here for a reason!

      • MRH

        “I am glad that you know about the rapture. This means, I hope, that you have accepted Jesus as your Savior. Praise God.”

        Absolutely, long ago in fact. Only a fool rejects Christ and salvation 😉

        I guess you’re not aware of such as FDA approved food and drink chemicals? Most of the foodstuff in grocery stores today (and yesterday) is processed garbage, and then there is GMO’s! Did God create such? In fact the only sure natural foods hope is to own a farm and live off it.

        As for drugs, it’s a tough call. Marijuana when smoked damages the lungs, like smoked tobacco products. However only a serious problem with abusive usage, like with booze and tobacco. Personally though, for me marijuana caused paranoia, so I simply quit game. I also dabbled with hallucinogens, cocaine, opium, and speed. Though I still booze, as hard habit to break, plus keeps me sane.

  • Joy Thompson

    This helps explain why so many people voted for obamanation.

  • The absurdity that people go through to convince others that pot is “Safe” Currently I’ve been buried under the argument that pot is “safe” because it’s “Natural” Anthrax is natural too, why not have a heaping bowl full?

    Worse, groups like the THC Ministry, and Christians for Cannabis and Temple 420 (whose founder is in prison) are striving to make marijuana a sacrament of the emergent church. As we race headlong into the end of days the unceasing, nonstop, unending push for the acceptance of marijuana in society does more than prove that this is a scheme of the devil. Why? Because Marijuana drives a wedge between you and God.

    “Ephesians 6:11 says we are to “stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Satan is God’s enemy; therefore he is our enemy. The only way he can attack God is through us. And we can be sure he will seek us out and attack us with his schemes.” – John MacArthur

    Adherents of marijuana will point to the dangers of alcohol and tobacco, and I’m not going to deny the physical dangers of either, however both have a clear, distinct advantage over marijuana; both can be used in moderation, both can be used without debilitating effects on your sobriety. I can enjoy a glass of wine purely for the flavor or as an accompaniment to a meal or as a way to keep the Lord’s supper in memory without getting drunk. I can enjoy a fine cigar and appreciate the flavor profile as it changes throughout the cigar, and I can do that without becoming a danger on the highway. As for marijuana – the only reason to take it is to get blitzed. You cannot use it in any way without getting stoned. You cannot smoke it, eat it, or drink it without getting stoned.

    There is no appreciation in marijuana, it’s not an accompaniment to dinner, there’s no complex flavor to appreciate, you’re only imbibing to lose your grasp on realty, to loose self control, to turn your back on God. (From my blog entries “Drinking From the Cup of Demons” http://wideawakechristian.blogspot.com/2014/01/drinking-from-cup-of-demons-1.html)

    • Mrock999

      I am a cigar man myself and understand what you mean about the evolution of flavor during a cigar.(yumm) However I have to tell you you are 120% wrong about Marijuana not having any complex flavor…Each strain tastes and smells different and to people who enjoy that aroma,it is complex!

    • Cynthia Gedick

      You will never convince me that my daughter should die to suit your ignorance. And I’m not advocating for recreational use, but medicinal extraction of the cannabidiol…it is curing epilepsy and stopping deadly seizures immediately. When you push for it to continue to be illegal, you are ultimately choosing a death sentence for millions of children. Know that!

      • Kim

        I’m sorry your daughter suffers from this disease, and I will pray for her healing. We have a friend at church who’s daughter was healed from epilepsy completely. Don’t trust in a drug for her healing, but the healer himself Jesus! God may have made the plant, but I don’t believe he inteaded for it to be used as a drug. God’s purpose if not for your daughter to suffer, nor for you to put your trust in a drug. I’m believing God will heal your daughter in Jesus name!

        • Cynthia Gedick

          Kim, “you don’t believe God intended it to be used as a drug.” Really? That’s what God told you directly with all those prayers you prayed about whether we should end prohibition, or not? The fact is my daughter will never be “cured.” She has a brain malformation in the hippocampus; my job as her mother is to find the best medicine to seemingly cure her of her horrific symptoms with zero side effects…that’s called Charlotte’s Web. Charlotte’s Web is a .01 THC strain, which means it is brilliantly bred specifically for children with epilepsy. It’s not just a “drug” as you define it. If it were your child you’d be advocating to end prohibition too! Please research this subject and vote to end prohibition for the sake of the millions of children suffering day to day. They (we) deserve a chance to live the life God purposed for them.

  • Cynthia Gedick

    You will never convince me that my daughter should die to suit your ignorance. And I’m not advocating for recreational use, but medicinal extraction of the cannabidiol…it is curing epilepsy and stopping deadly seizures immediately. When you push for it to continue to be illegal, you are ultimately choosing a death sentence for millions of children. Know that!

    • Brenda Murphy

      Most controlled substances are not controlled anyways, so there is no point to legalize it.

      I believe in usage for medicinal purposes, but there is no line to draw distinguishing from recreational use. 🙂

      • Cynthia Gedick

        Brenda, that aspirin you take is controlled and still kills people who knowingly ingest too much. Same goes for every controlled substance…however, marijuana has never, ever been overdosed, ever; so there’s no use in trying to define the use recreationally. You can never have too much of it. There are hundreds of strains that are bred for different ailments; and it’s time to legalize it totally and completely. Just because you don’t like the premise of its stereotypical taboo doesn’t mean keeping it illegal is best for society. If any substance should be made illegal it should be alcohol! I’ve posted several youtube videos to show its benefits; and I urge you to research it further and change your mind to save my child, and the millions waiting for a safe, effective and symptom-free cure to epilepsy.

        • Brenda Murphy

          I have seen the works of potheads, there was an accident, and one of my family members was hit, head-on, and in a coma for 6 months…..recovered, but had brain damage, lost his family, and job, everything, because of this stuff.

          I believe it should be used right, just like alcohol…drink responsibly……but how many do? 🙁

          • MRH

            If marijuana were legalized, there would likely be an increase in; users, DUI’s, and accidents? There are simply too many irresponsible folk out there, especially the younger crowd 🙁

          • Cynthia Gedick

            I agree, some folks abuse it. However, that accident happened during prohibition, making it illegal didn’t stop anyone from purchasing it, right? All prohibition does is deny it’s medicinal usage to those who don’t wish to break the law…so the law-abiding citizens like me have no access to save our children’s lives. It’s nonsense!

  • Al

    This is a Troll article. It is a COMPLETE LIE, and will do damage with FOOLS that believe anything they read on the internet. Then Endocannabiniod System is Responsible for Homeostasis!!! I hope you BURN Troll, Burn!!

  • Cynthia Gedick

    Dr Sanjay Gupta’s “WEED 2” Documentary: http://youtu.be/tAFu-Ihwyzg

    The good news of Cannabis. Either report wholly or don’t report at all, please.

    • Ashley

      Thank you Cynthia. I agree with you. As a former person who has struggled with addiction and come from a long line of family members who are dead from addiction I can tell you the withdrawal and effects are not the same as heroin, meth, cocaine, or alcohol. Studies have been published on both sides and I would bet a years pay that the same person who published this study is affiliated with those who support vaccination as well. Don’t believe everything you read or hear unless its from a credible source. My opinion on pot. Its not wrong medicinally but it is illegal where I live. Yes I am a Christian and have been delivered from the chains of addiction.

      • Cynthia Gedick

        I also had my time with marijuana; and honestly, I was at a time in my life where I rejected authority in all its forms. The more illegal it was, the more I tried to obtain it. That was 25 years ago…but now I’m faced with my own ignorance as my daughter suffers from retractable epilepsy…and it’s now her only hope at a normal life.

        To God be the glory!

        • MRH

          There are indeed rare instances where such drugs are medically beneficial. But the more common usage of marijuana is recreational abuse. And this is a problem with other non-regulated drugs as well. And even with legal psychotropic drugs, abusive patterns can happen. And even booze once was illegal, but it couldn’t last due to public outcry. Marijuana has a smaller following, so the outcry is weaker.

          P.S. Have you considered possibly moving to a legal marijuana state?

          • Cynthia Gedick

            We are in the process, thanks for asking. It is legal here, however the loopholes left a gaping hole in policy and so there are no dispensaries to accommodate those of us who’ve received the go ahead from our physician. Just a political joke made to make children suffer needlessly…

        • MRH

          Have you tried online mail order method? I’d suggest Google what other options might be available 💡

          • Cynthia Gedick

            Mail order is also illegal.

          • MRH

            I guess baring a miracle, moving is the only option? Well good luck in your quest.

      • MRH

        “I can tell you the withdrawal and effects are not the same as heroin, meth, cocaine, or alcohol”

        @Ashley: I don’t recall any withdrawal occurring when I quit marijuana game, but also I wasn’t a super heavy user either. For certain, withdrawal effect varies with substance and usage patterns. In fact some say that coffee withdrawal is as bad as with heroin? I don’t know though, as I’ve never tried heroin and I’m not a coffee drinker.

  • Cynthia Gedick

    This may be hard to watch, but its reality. It’s my reality. Seizures will ultimately take my child’s life, the pharmaceutical drugs cause so many issues that cannot be listed in this comment; yet CBD has zero side effects and work immediately when administered orally. However, it’s illegal and I cannot treat her because of the ignorance and bad stigma. Please watch…

    Cyndimae – Let me Have My Medicine Anywhere Anytim: http://youtu.be/vwWvi1a85jU

    • Tom

      Cynthia, I agree that your child should have access to the medicine she needs. I, like you support marijuana as a highly regulated medicine but not for recreational purposes.

      However, I don’t like you saying “seizures will take my child’s life”. That is a bad confession. God can do anything, including cure and save your child. His Word promises healing and speaking faith-filled words and confessing healing scriptures, fasting, laying hands and praying a lot will help your situation a great deal, I think.

      • Cynthia Gedick

        Tom, I am a praying woman…that’s for sure. It’s hard to fight this battle. She has a hippocampal malinversion due to the H1N1 flu I had while pregnant. She will live with this her entire life. She’s 4 now and is on 2 different medications to control her seizures. When they do happen they last for 3-4 hours. To break the seizures it takes several doses of Ativan that leaves her “hungover” for weeks at a time. It’s very difficult to imagine it any other way. BUT…there’s hope in cannabis, but then ignorant studies like this set us back in progress. Those studies are killing our children! It’s hard! But my faith is not shaken…my hope is in Jesus. His will is what I want no matter what happens. But I’m praying for my miracle.

  • Beaumont

    If it was seriously misused, I believe that any over the counter remedy or legal drug would permanently affect a person’s conscience, regardless of the govt’s complicity.

    I have lived, worked beside, counseled addicts, and they were all very guilty of the accusations, being made here, today.

    If light use affects your system of reward, fight-or-flight, and, as one poster claims, homeostasis, heavy use will affect you heavily.

    It should be noted that tea, molasses, and common kitchen seasonings would have been considered contraband, unless the duty had been paid. Sumptuary laws and taxes have been passed against imported goods, textiles, and mirrors, when those were considered luxuries and could have been smuggled. Untaxed alcohol and tobacco are still effectively under prohibition and result in melodramatic raids, irrespective of whether they have any socially-redeeming value.

    The state’s chief interest is it’s own self preservation — not the moral underpinnings of the people — and, it will find makework, if it can. Anything you do, whether harmful or constructive, can find itself under crass, arbitrary authority for the sake of authority. And, people who mistake the state for God can mistake you for the Devil.

    • MRH

      @Beaumont: Putting it bluntly, drugs are both good and bad, as many have abuse potential. And certain legal recreational substances such as; booze, tobacco, and coffee.. are widely abused. Anything which relieves pain or alters mood has abusive potential, and there are no easy solutions to addictions unfortunately. We are only human, and thus subject to temptation.

  • cm

    Cannibis has been scientifically proven to greatly help with Crohn’s disease, and does not have the horrific side affects that a lot of the LEGAL drugs for it does, including hair loss and kidney failure (Asacol), weight gain (steroids), possibility of developing Leukemia (Humeris). I also find this article rather ignorant. There is some major healing properties in this stuff. It has also helped cancer patients greatly.

  • Larry Grant

    I used to smoke pot a lot and I can easily see how the communists and socialists make use of it. Look at these leftover Dead show freaks at these dispensaries, they all look like it’s still the summer of “67” and they haven’t aged a minute. It was communism and planet worship then and that’s what it is now. The godless need some purpose to be alive too and pot and communism are it. Satan is indeed shrewd but his kids are idiots.

  • MRH

    A big problem with psychotropic drugs and booze is irresponsibility in the user. Mainly they get high or drunk and drive, which puts them at high risk on the roads. I know because I too used to do such, and it was dumb but I was lucky. Anymore I don’t step behind the wheel unless I’m fully safe to drive. And I do believe police can give one a DUI even if one is impaired by simple sleep loss?

  • Dudley Davis

    Maybe i’m one of the “Very Very Few” who disagree to a certain extent with the latest findings! I use to love marijuana and smoked it pretty regularly for well over a decade. I smoked it by “Choice” not because i was “Addicted” to it. Personally, i don’t think cannibis is physically addictive, but i do believe and understand all too well how it can be psychologically addictive. I don’t, and never have seen cannibis as the type of substance that leads people around like they’re puppy dogs! I believe that people “Make the Decision” to use it. I don’t think that there’s any question that some people have what is commonly referred to as “Addictive Personalities” and in my opinion, those types are more likely to put the pedal to the medal not just in their use of substances, but pretty much with anything that they encounter; it’s just the way that they are. In December it will be 5 years since i smoked my last bowl or had a nasty cigarette for that matter. I have not craved marijuana since that day and don’t have any desire whatsoever to do it anymore. I don’t think that there is any doubt that marijuana does have medicinal value, but like anything else, it has to be used in moderation which is exactly where most people have a lot of problems exercising discipline with it. I’m not saying that the problems and disorders that are outlined in their results don’t exist, i’m just simply saying that “I’m Truly Blessed” that God gave me not just the “Will” to quit doing it, but also the “Strength” to walk it out and never turn back. He made it perfectly clear to me in the spirit that my relationship with him will only go but so far if i didn’t stop “Blowing Smoke In His Face.” That revelation was all i needed to understand before making the decision that all those things had to go!

  • Ruby

    Cannabis gets people through chemo. It resolves nausea, loss of appetite, and weight loss and prevents chemo-induced neuropathy. If I ever have to do chemo again, it will be with cannabis. I wish I ‘d known that cannabis would prevent the horrible neuropathy chemo treatments left me with.
    Cannabis gets me through severe total body arthritis pain, and severe neuropathic pain: both side effects I suffer with on account of chemo treatments. It also resolves the relentless insommnia resulting from that pain and leaves me fresh and rested the next day.
    I take it orally 30 minutes before bedtime, not smoked.

    Cannabis, before prohibition was listed in the American pharmacopoeia as treatment in over 100 conditions.
    It needs to be back in the arsenal of medical treatments available to those who need it. And, yes, I should be allowed to grow my own, right alongside the other herbs and medicinals in my garden as has been done since creation.

    I get what you wish to convey with your article, but it is missing vital information and harmful on that note.

    New reader here/christian x 50yrs./grandmother/retired nurse

  • Tom

    Cannabis has beneficial medicinal uses but recreational use is harmful. I think that’s been clearly demonstrated by voluminous scientific and anecdotal information.

  • Alyssa

    This article is propaganda and nothing else. It states it was a study done over 20 years, yet fails to provide any specifics about where the study came from, who was involved in it, and MOST importantly who funded this. It does say the paper was written by someone who used to work for WHO, so what? Still not a credible source, one person who used to work for WHO. Which is also, I might add, an organization heavily influenced and created by the government! And big surprise, the government doesn’t want you know how miraculous this God-given plant is! Makes you stupid? False, this was an overstatement of the effect it has on the brain, which has receptors SPECIFICALLY made to intake and absorb THC. This exaggeration is derived from this fact about the effect of cannabis on the brain: it widens the neuro-gap between the electrical transmissions, which we call thought, meaning the message is still effectively transmitted, it just takes a slightly longer to travel. This is an excellent quality, making it effective to treat disorders like schizophrenia, cerebral palsy, ALS, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, epilepsy, and many more! Also, it’s a fact some of the smartest people throughout history used cannabis. Personally, I used it for years and I graduated the top of my class, with a 4.00, yet I still smoked everyday while I was in school. It does not cause and never will cause psychological disorders, because it is a treatment for them. I’d also like to point out that despite the verse quoted above, that verse has nothing to do with cannabis. Cannabis was made by God and put here for us to use, he gave us dominion over all the plants. There also verses in the Bible talking about herbs and the healing if nations, god even command us in Acts not to take something he has made to be good, and call it unclean. Cannabis also is not physically addictive whatsoever, that statement about the withdrawals being worse, or even comparable to heroin it a complete and outright lie! There are no withdrawals, even when an avid smoker stops cold turkey. In fact, cannabis is used to COMBAT withdrawals for people coming off of hard drugs. To say cannabis is a gateway drug causes car accidents is also a lie, and cannot be backed up with proof. Alcohol is the real gateway drug and is responsible for more deaths , including drunk driving accidents, than marijuana. Know why? Because it’s physically impossible to take too much marijuana , alcohol, prescriptions pills, hard drugs, heck even caffeine can kill you but THC never will! Medically, marijuana in invaluable for the ailments it can treat, and even if it was dangerous(which it isn’t) as the article portrays and could save the life of just one person, I would legalize it. And the fact is, it can be grown in a such a way that it produces no high for medical patients, yet eases their symptoms. Why would you want anyone to suffer when they could be saved? The fact is though, marijuana and it’s male counterpart, hemp could literally save millions of lives! Not to mention, it could literally revolutionize our industrial world. You can make over 250,000 products from hemp in textiles alone. You can make fuel, oil, even a car out of hemp. You can make plastic alternatives that are biodegradable. You can make paper with it. You can make reinforced wood that is stronger, cheaper, and takes up less land mass than wood. One acres of marijuana can produce the same amount of wood as ten acres of trees and takes much less time for that acre to grow back than ten acres of trees. You can make almost anything you see out of hemp. Hemp could also solve world hunger, hemp seed is one the most nutritious and complete proteins known to man! It is grown and harvested so quickly and inexpensively, if everyone had access to their own plant no one would go hungry. Now, good people who are so wrongfully deceived, I have given you only the tip of the iceberg or the benefits marijuana has. If you still doubt it potential or purpose, let me ask you this: if we were not meant to use it why did God make it the only plant that can literally be grown anywhere on earth? Why are there receptors in our brains called THC receptors put there only to process THC? Why is there so much misinformation put out by the same people who pay to keep it illegal? Remember to question every piece of information you read in the media and always back it up with truth. My friends, I implore you! Do find the truth about cannabis, it will set you free. Our world would look so different if it weren’t for the greedy corporations lying to you in the media to keep these natural gifts from God away from us. Many times we look to this society for the answers to our problems, do not forget, God has already provided the answer to our problems. Nature is one place to find some of these answers, not man-made drugs and products.

    • Alyssa

      I apologize for the typos in my statement, I’m on my phone.

    • Alyssa
    • Cynthia Gedick

      Thank you, Alyssa!

    • MRH

      “To say cannabis is a gateway drug causes car accidents is also a lie, and cannot be backed up with proof. Alcohol is the real gateway drug and is responsible for more deaths , including drunk driving accidents, than marijuana”

      @Alyssa: As a former marijuana user, I have to differ on a few points. It is not safe to drive stoned, and booze is not a gateway drug. And what makes marijuana a gateway drug isn’t the drug itself, but rather peer pressure to try other drugs. And as I said I know this fact from past experience in the druggie crowd 😉

      • Alyssa

        @MRH I totally agree with you, no one should be driving under the influence of any substance. My point was this, driving under the influence of alcohol is a thousand times worse than pot. Alcohol literally alters your depth perception and most people can barely walk straight or talk when they are drunk. And half of all accidents are cause by drunk drivers, not stoned ones. When you are stoned you can still walk and talk and function fine. Especially people who have mental disorders or other ailments, they are safer and function better driving under the influence of pot. And you are totally right, the one and only reason pot is referred as a gateway drug is because people have to buy it from drug dealers, often they try to push their other products on users who simply wanted to use marijuana before. That’s why it should be legal! It would take power away from the cartel and the distributors on the street also trying to profit from more harmful substances. My reference to alcohol as a gateway is this: when drunk, people are more likely to try substances offered to them than when stoned. I have been to parties where people were drinking, someone shows up with pills and cocaine and every drunk person is so trashed, they don’t know or care what they’re taking. Alcohol users are also likely to mix substances, which can be deadly. And furthermore, the mass behavior of the drunk is disgusting to me. At parties like that, it seems everyone loses their dignity and self-respect. People vomit on themselves, yell, disrespect others’ property, and cause physical confrontation. I have also been to parties where no one was drinking and everyone was smoking. Do you know what people were doing? Playing music and having discussions that were actually of intellectual value, also playing video games and just lazing around inside and out. I’m not condoning the abuse or marijuana because I know it can totally become a crutch if one is psychologically addicted, but it is only psychological. And as for alcohol, though it is legal, I absolutely hate it and know it is more dangerous as well as physically addictive when abused. Honestly, to me it seems completely backwards pot is the thing that’s still illegal when alcohol is the substance that most young kids abuse, become dependent on, and die from.

      • MRH

        “Also, it’s a fact some of the smartest people throughout history used cannabis .. When you are stoned you can still walk and talk and function fine .. when drunk, people are more likely to try substances offered to them than when stoned .. At parties like that, it seems everyone loses their dignity and self-respect”

        @Alyssa: You definitely bring up some interesting points. There are always exceptions to the rule. However I must disagree that a stoned person can function fine. They just think they can, as would a drunk person. And with driving while intoxicated, well the police decide such matters.

        As for parties, it depends on circumstance. Stoned or drunk, other drug offerings might entice party-goers? In fact, effect is quite common with irresponsible youth?

        Again speaking from experience, marijuana is an intoxicant as is alcohol. Both substances alter perception, and slow reaction time. Also one can get too high on both, as I’ve experienced. And finally both can cause hangover effect, as I’ve experienced. And of course both are costly addiction potentials.

        As far as legality aspect, that is a highly controversial matter. As I see it, legalizing marijuana would likely increase abusive usage, just as occurred after prohibition of alcohol was lifted. Of course with today’s severe DUI penalties, jailing would also likely increase?

        P.S. From a spiritual perspective, the bible has this to say on matter 🙂

        Eph 5:18 KJV – And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

        1Pe 4:3 KJV – For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

    • Alyssa

      @thomas You are so right! And most of these “studies” either come from no credible source, or they are from so long ago that information is completely outdated and has been disproven by new scientific study. I just wish people were more mindful of this. Nowadays you literally cannot trust any information, you have to research it and back it up , because the media is always trying to deceive us.

  • bill l.

    We are not to come under the control (be drunk, stoned, etc,) of anything
    that can put us into an altered state, but be filled with the HOLY SPIRIT.
    Pot is a gateway drug that is used to contact inter-dimensional beings and other planes of existence, hence demons and their realm.
    You are right , it has been used for thousands of years. My dad fought in Burma in world war 2 and they used to make rope out of hemp, the idiots smoked it, as he said. That is why it is called DOPE!!!
    When i had my time with pot, all it did was to help me have short term memory loss, paranoia, the munchies, wasted time and an empty pocket.
    We need to draw closer to the LORD in these last days, not numb ourselves into uselessness. MARANATHA My fellow warriors IN CHRIST.

  • Tracy

    Reprobate that is America now.Keep voting demonicrate.

  • Cynthia Gedick

    A study over 20 years = OUTDATED! Especially when this study’s sole purpose for existence is to degrade that which is studied! This guy set out to destroy marijuana, not to prove any positive impact it may have medicinally…it’s obvious as he missed every opportunity to counteract the negative. It is a crap article and written with 100% bias! Those pharmaceutical companies probably paid a pretty penny to make sure this study was distributed far and wide…because if marijuana were legalized they’d be broke!

  • Nelson

    I used to be a heavy user of Marijuana. When I quit, I had multiple delerium tremens, hallucinations, and horrible withdrawal symptoms. I was put into a psych ward and was prescribed ativan to get me through the withdrawals.

    I can tell you there is a strong connection between the demonic realm and marijuana (and other drugs).

    Medicinal use of marijuana in my opinion is only justified by extracts of certain chemicals in marijuana such as CBD for seizures.

    Anyone who has a child with seizures im sure once they stop giving the patient marijuana, the seizures come back full force if not stronger due to the nature of how marijuana effects the nervous system and brain.

    This study published was spot on, however people are more into buying lies than confronting and investigating real truth.

    • MRH

      “I can tell you there is a strong connection between the demonic realm and marijuana (and other drugs)”

      @Nelson: Marijuana alters perception (like; hallucinogens, uppers, and downers), which can lead to dark doors opening. And even alcohol can do the same, which is evident in alcoholics (insanity factor). Therefore no mind altering substance is spiritually safe. Also withdrawal seems to occur in many cases with such, even common sleep aids and relaxants.

      • Reeeb0k

        A strong connection between the demonic realm and marijuana? Yes, because every time I spark up, I light candles and chant “hail Satan.” Seriously people, get a freaking grip. I believe in God, and I believe you all need to stop trying to interpret everything so meticulously. You believe pot isn’t supposed to be ingested because it hinders the holy spirit from filling you, PERSONALLY? Then don’t ingest. That’s your decision. But let others make the decisions that feel right for them, based on what THEY think the scripture means. Are any of you people GOD? Then quiet yourselves and stop passing judgement upon others!

        • MRH

          “A strong connection between the demonic realm and marijuana? Yes, because every time I spark up, I light candles and chant “hail Satan.””

          @Reeeb0k: I wasn’t saying that all cases with marijuana lead to demonic possession, just that psychotropic drugs can become gateways. I myself used to do or have tried various drugs, including marijuana, hash, LSD, mushrooms, opium, cocaine, and speed. Through it all I never experienced demonic stuff. Nor with booze, but I know folks who have. And I’m not talking about candles and seances, I’m talking about demonic behavior. I’ve witnessed it through friends and roommates. Anyway, hard to explain unless you’ve experienced dealing with such crazy folk?

          For myself, it was; druggies, witches, and alcoholics mainly. A couple of meth addicts I knew went crazy, one died in his sleep (ages ago.. high school friend), and the other (acquaintance) served prison time for multiple crimes. Latter is in AA now, last time I checked. Later I lived in a druggie music house. And recently roomed with two alcoholics (one died from cirrhosis, and other now homeless) and a witch (spell casting.. the works). Were they all demon possessed? Did you not ever see the Exorcist? 😉

  • Joy Thompson

    I have worked in the mental health field. You cannot tell me that smoking pot regularly doesn’t negatively alter the brain. Either that, or the only people who smoke pot regularly are incredibly dumb and lackadaisical to start with. And, having known many people before they spent years getting high…that was not always the case at the beginning.

    It affects some people more than others. But it affects everyone somewhat. It is definitely a gateway drug. Mostly, it enables people to go through life with an altered state of consciousness. How nice it is for them while the rest of us spend a lot of time and resources cleaning up after them.

    • Reeeb0k

      I’m sorry you feel this way. As a successful business owner who smokes pot recreationally, I have to kindly disagree with you.

    • MRH

      “Mostly, it enables people to go through life with an altered state of consciousness”

      @Joy Thompson: That’s a fact, as I know from past experience with drugs 😉

      I remember going to frequent youth pot parties where we would all get wasted and end up staring like zombies for endless hours doing absolutely nothing but listening to endless druggie albums late into the night, and then drive home in a daze. BTW this was well before the DUI craze entered.

      Other times it was LSD parties, where in one case we trashed the paranoid guys house somewhat, while he finally cowered in a back room tripping in terror. His folks were on vacation, and we were ready to party. High as kites we cooked spaghetti, and then instead of eating it, we tossed it unto his ceiling, and did other things such as mess up his furniture. We didn’t break things though, as we were simply playing head games with host whom was a neighborhood friend. It was his virgin LSD experience, and he was a paranoid type to begin with. As I recall we later helped him clean up before his folks arrived.

      • Reeeb0k

        I’ve never understood why people smoke themselves retarded. I take one hit and I’m done. Happy, not in a daze, able to still function and get things done if need be… it’s not necessary to smoke until you’re drooling

      • MRH

        “I’ve never understood why people smoke themselves retarded”

        @Reeeb0k: Likewise with booze? I drink to relax, not to get smashed. Also I used to smoke to get high, but not wasted. Unfortunately strong booze and weed tends to put one over intended edge? And bong hits are deadly in my opinion, as concentrated THC impact. Agreed?

        As for dumb folk, there are many whom blindly run into the metaphorical fire. And even literally too, like the crazy guy whom ran into a burning man inferno recently. Now that’s definitely demonic possession, as no sane person would even imagine doing such stupidity. Agreed?

        P.S. Regardless, both booze and drugs are costly hobbies, both health-wise and monetarily. Especially if one is jobless as I sadly am now (since mid 2011), living on food stamps, free medical, and draining stock/IRA fund for extras. I’m guessing you are financially happy?

        • Reeeb0k

          I don’t use a bong. And I do believe I stated somewhere up there that I’m a successful business owner. So yes, very financially happy.

        • MRH

          @Reeeb0k: Well lucky you of the elite few? Most of us struggle in different ways, and I can’t even imagine being a refugee or homeless. As for myself, I’ve roughly $150,000 personal/inheritance hope. Provided the Market doesn’t collapse, which some predict in 2015? Can’t normal work due to Aspergers, but I also can’t get Disability! And online jobs are a risky gamble due to varied scams! Understand?

          • Reeeb0k

            I’m very sorry about your situation. But I’d like to kindly ask, why are we discussing this? My only point in including the financial aspect of my life is that I am a very successful person and I smoke pot. It has not made me lazy and it has not deteriorated my mind. I am not a trouble maker and do not have conflicts with the law. To categorize all potheads as lazy and stupid is just that, stupid. There’s always some bad that comes with the good. You can’t control how everybody uses something. There will be those who use responsibly and there will be others who abuse it. There are people who do that with everything. Pot is no more “evil” than any other naturally growing plant.

          • MRH

            I wasn’t condemning you, I was simply making a general statement in regards to the present poor economy. However I doubt that smoking anything is healthy for the lungs?

    • Reeeb0k

      I think I love you, Marvin. Lol. Very smart, I agree 110%.

  • Nelson

    It looks like people who support weed are calling evil good, and those who wish to seperate themselves from drugs are being called evil.

    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. – Isaiah 5:20

    • Reeeb0k

      Who are you to decide pot is evil? And I don’t believe anybody ever claimed anybody on this thread is evil… unless I missed something?

    • Cynthia Gedick

      Nelson, where in the Bible does it say marijuana is bad? I believe God looked at all that He made and said…Wait for it…and said it was GOOD!! So marijuana is curing ailments – several ailments – what part of curing ailments is bad? What part of God’s creation -that cures human ailments- is bad? RESEARCH before you make ignorant statements, please!!

      • Reeeb0k

        I agree! People misinterpret the Bible and then shove it down others’ throats! It’s disgusting and to be honest, a lot of the reason people turn from the Christian lifestyle! Too much judgement passed from others, not enough love!

  • Brenda Murphy

    Most controlled substances are not controlled anyways, so there is no point to legalize it.

    I believe in usage for medicinal purposes, but there is no line to draw distinguishing from recreational use. 🙂

  • Linds

    This post is lacking all empirical evidence defending what it says,

    • Cynthia Gedick

      Joe. Feel free not to use the medicine God put on this earth for us to use; but do NOT use your ignorance and lack of research to insult, and seemingly deny it’s medicinal properties for use by others…especially the children that need it.

  • Joy Thompson

    I don’t think so. It affects everybody differently…just like alcohol and other drugs.

    To say that there are no ramifications for using it is doing a disservice to many vulnerable people…especially vulnerable young people with developing brains.

  • Mel

    Something is slowly eating away at my sisters life, her liver, her children’s future. As well as caused her to go to great lengths to completely distance herself from the entire family and we keep hearing that she’s now homeless. I on the other hand own my own home. Make a living. My intelligence is perfectly fine, thank you. I’ve never once used a needle or snorted a pill. Or caused any harm to myself or others. I don’t get the cops called for a wild party when just a few friends come over. Seems nobody is none the wiser about any activities that take place in my home. Hmmm who uses what? I’ll let you decide.

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