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Practically every person in this nation has at some point in their life experienced substance use or abuse for themselves or amid family or friends; at home, school, or in the workplace. Whether it is substance abuse or chemical dependency, no other drug has a history of use as that of marijuana. Marijuana comes from the cannabis family which also includes hashish, charas, bhang, ganja, and sinsemilla. Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug today and the most popular among 18-25 year olds (Johnson, 2004).

The active ingredient in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is found in the resin that grows on the leaves of the cannabis plant. Individuals use marijuana by either smoking the dry leafy substance in a pipe or bong or ingesting it as part of food such as brownies or cookies. A number of marijuana users also mix the substance with other drugs such as cocaine. The most recent method of using marijuana is via vaporization. Although it is a fairly new method, vaporizers have been in existence for several years.

In spite of its popularity, marijuana is not only one of the oldest psychoactive drugs; it is also the most controversial drug in the United States (Johnson, 2004). Recreational marijuana users describe the effects of the drug as being euphoric, enhancing their sense of taste, touch and smell. Users describe feeling relaxed and having an increased appetite. “Users believe that they can hear, smell, and feel everything going on around them. The enhanced senses put users ‘on edge’. This is not paranoia, but hypervigilance” (Johnson, p. 45).

Use of marijuana in high doses can intensify these effects and cause users to experience hallucinations, image distortion, and delusions. Marijuana can impair a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle just like alcohol, linking the substance to a serious number of vehicular and non-vehicular accidents (Johnson, 2004). Marijuana users have consistently tried to convince non-marijuana users that this drug is harmless. Young people who use marijuana claim they use it in order to deal with their “problems”. However, marijuana use, especially in young people, tends to cause anxiety or panic attacks, depression, as well as other mental health problems.

Habitual marijuana use has been linked to long-term problems including poor academic work, poor job production, and risky sexual activity. Marijuana use has been linked to sexual assaults and to individuals contracting sexually transmitted diseases. The use of marijuana warps a person’s cognitive thinking which can result in an individual having sex with multiple partners, having sex at an early age, and failing to use protection during sex, such as using a condom.

Apart from affecting cognitive thinking and causing other psychological problems, marijuana use has also been linked to various physical and medical problems. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1998), marijuana use causes harmful effects on the brain, lungs, and reproductive system. For example, prolonged use of marijuana has been found to cause a decrease in male hormone testosterone as well as a reduction in female estrogen levels. Marijuana use is also found to cause damage to the formation of sperm in males and impair ovulation in females which has been associated with an increase in miscarriages (Levinthal, 1999).

In addition, although there is no direct evidence that marijuana use causes lung cancer or other lung diseases, it does have a negative effect on the function of the lungs (NIMH, 1997). Marijuana smoke consists of gaseous and particulate matter that can potentially cause symptoms that can lead to respiratory problems (Earleywine and Barnwell, 2007). The National Institute of Health (1997) states that marijuana is found to be advantageous when used by patients going through chemotherapy to reduce the nausea and vomiting. It is also found medically useful on AIDS patients to stimulate their appetite; on patients with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries to treat spasticity and nocturnal spasms as well as to control seizures and manage neuropathic pain (Johnson, 2004).

This is where the controversy comes into play. Marijuana is an illegal drug in most of the states. If a person is found in possession of marijuana, that person will likely face criminal charges. Many people believe marijuana should be legalized because of the medicinal benefits it provides. However, because of the inhalation of toxins and other particulate matter associated with smoking marijuana, a safer more acceptable method of administration is necessary. According to the Institute of Medicine, smoking is not a desirable method of administration for potential therapeutic effects of marijuana (Abrams, Vizoso, Shade, Jay, Kelly, and Benowitz, 2007).

Vaporization is a relatively new method of administration for marijuana. This device delivers inhaled THC while reducing toxic byproducts of smoking marijuana caused by combustion (Abrams, et al., 2007). The vaporizer heats the marijuana to a temperature between 180 and 200°C which releases cannabinoids in a fine mist without producing toxins related to combustion (Earleywine and Barnwell, 2007). “Respiratory symptoms in heavy users are one well-documented negative consequence of cannabis consumption” (Earleywine and Van Dam, p. 248). Although not much research has been conducted on actual individuals using marijuana vaporizers, a few publications do suggest that the vaporizer is the best method of administration for marijuana in limiting respiratory symptoms in users (Earleywine and Van Dam, 2010).

In a study conducted by the University of New York at Albany and the University of Southern California, researchers found that respiratory effects of marijuana and cigarette use decreased when using a vaporizer. “The data reveal that respiratory symptoms like cough, phlegm, and tightness in the chest increase with cigarette use and cannabis use but are less severe among users of vaporizers” (Earleywine and Barnwell, p. 4). According to this study, vaporizer use as a method of administration has both pros and cons. The decrease of respiratory symptoms is a definite pro in comparison to combustion. However, the cost of a vaporizer can be considered a con. The cost for a vaporizer can range as high as hundreds of dollar (Earleywine and Barnwell, 2007).

In a second study conducted by the University of New York at Albany in 2010, researchers found a dramatic improvement in the participants’ respiratory symptoms. Two of the four participants were cigarette smokers and all four were marijuana smokers. The results showed a drop in respiratory symptoms from 25% to 83%. Also, “respiratory symptom changes were higher among the cigarette smokers (dropping 83% and 66%) than in the non-smokers (dropping 50% and 25%)” (Earleywine and Van Dam, p. 246).

Apart from the improvement and changes in respiratory symptoms in the participants of this study, all four participants reported a delay in feeling high when using the vaporizer as compared to smoking the marijuana. Two of the four participants reported using a higher dose of marijuana in order to feel a high faster. All four participants reported they intended to continue using the vaporizer as their method of administration for marijuana. Yet, they also suggested that “a smaller, battery-powered device might prove more appealing to regular users” (Earleywine and Van Dam, p. 247).

According to the University of California in San Francisco, “a smokeless cannabis-vaporizing device delivers the same level of active therapeutic chemical and produces the same biological effect as smoking cannabis, but without the harmful toxins” (2007). In this study by the University of California in San Francisco, eighteen individuals participated in this study. Researchers studied the effectiveness of the vaporizer by providing the participants three different strengths of cannabis. The participants were instructed to use the cannabis by two delivery methods, smoking and vaporization, three times a day.

The results showed that the levels of carbon monoxide increased when the participants smoked the cannabis, but showed very little to no carbon monoxide when using the vaporizer. According to Donald I. Abrams, MD, study leader author at UCSF, “Using CO as an indicator, there was virtually no exposure to harmful combustion products using the vaporizing device” (Abrams, Benowitz, Vizoso, Jay, Shade, and Kelly, p. 1). In addition, the participants reported no difference in the high received from using both methods. According to study co-author, Neal L. Benowitz, MD, UCSF, the majority of the participants preferred the vaporizer over the smoking because it was the safest method of administration producing the fewest side effects (Abrams, et al., p. 1).

Although, based on these studies, the vaporizers appears to be the safest method of administration of marijuana in dealing with respiratory symptoms and pulmonary problems, marijuana use is still illegal in most states and can lead to substance dependency. Marijuana can impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle as well as create serious psychological and physiological problems for heavy users. Hence, the vaporizer cannot protect a marijuana user from these negative consequences.


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Comments (33)
33 Wednesday, 19 October 2016 21:13
Sam W.
I like how the fifth paragraph is completely opinion-based and has no source. Also, that concluding paragraph appears to be written by a five year old.
32 Friday, 20 May 2016 08:32
mike raciti
" Soul Child " I hope you find peace of mind wherever your health issue takes you, your way of thinking is more real than most and I just wanted you to know that I will remember your words and thoughts for a lifetime as odd as that may seem, thank you for being you as well and best of luck to you, I truly hope you live a long and joyful life, stay positive as happiness is one of the best healers known, you are in my prayers :-)
31 Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:59
Whoever wrote this article is obviously pushing an agenda, this is reefer madness all over again. People love to demonize marijuana because they are uneducated and brainwashed. You have been told for so long that it is dangerous so you just believe. You have to look at where the research is coming from.
Anybody who has used marijuana will tell you it is harmless. Of course there are negative effects on the lungs when you inhale carcinogens. The studies done that concluded marijuana kills brain cells were done 30 years ago and they got those results by pumping so much smoke into test subjects that they couldn't breath. The brain cells weren't dying fro the marijuana smoke, they were dying from lack of oxygen. And these people said it has the same effect as alcohol when you are driving. That is complete b.s. I would love for anybody to show me a case where someone died from only marijuana use. You can't do it.
There is always another drug or alcohol involved. This is a recovery website so of course they are going to talk bad about it. The fact is that it helps people with terrible illnesses in an all natural way and our government can't have that. They want us shoving pills down our throats to fix our problems. Just wanted to speak my piece and let you know to do your research and you will see this site is spreading the propaganda, don't be fooled. It's like anything else, use good judgement. Anything can be abused. Water is something every human needs. You can drink too much water and die from it. So I guess we need to outlaw it also.
30 Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:20
Midlife Wife
Anyone that rejects the idea that marijuana actually helps many psychological and physical conditions (including many cancers) has obviously never had intense chronic pain or severe anxiety. I've had both and the drugs they try to prescribe me make me drowsy and unable to think clearly. MJ, on the other hand, is calming and helps me sleep through pain. If you'd ever had the pain or anxiety, you would definitely benefit. Just don't drive or operate machinery.
29 Wednesday, 04 November 2015 08:00
Think all you pot heads are seriously deluded. It does cause psychololgical problems especially the younger you start. It does impair your ability to drive, overcatiousness causes you to drive slower which is dangerous, driving 20 in a 40 or a 30 in a 50. The sexual assault thing is bollox but it can cause misjudgement when it comes to consensual sex. But it happens all the time with no inehibreation used. Pot smokers are like people who drink. They don't have a problem.
28 Tuesday, 08 September 2015 12:09
Charles Vance
Not only is vaping marijuana easier on the lungs, but it's much more discreet in terms of odor but the effect is far far greater and more potent. I started vaping my herb a couple years ago and the pain relief is fantastic. Saving some money too because I'm only using about half the amount I was before! Anyhow, I found a great site which lists all the best vapes on the market and gets pretty in depth with the pros and cons or each. It's http://personalweedvaporizers.com/
Enjoy and vape on!
27 Sunday, 28 June 2015 03:22
"...(THC) which is found in the resin that grows on the leaves of the cannabis plant. Individuals use marijuana by either smoking the dry leafy substance in a pipe or bong or ingesting it as part of food such as brownies or cookies."

You don't really smoke the leaves. The bit that you want is the flower; when the plant enters the flowering stage, it creates large buds - these grow and mature over the flowering cycle (8-10 weeks) then dried & cured.

The leaves do have a small amount of THC which can be extracted and concentrated - but it's usually not as nice as cured bud.

This article is very misleading. Using cannabis is definitely a bad idea if it's causing you to become lazy or make stupid decisions... but it's easy to give up as it has no lasting addictive qualities; conversely, it's impossible to overdose on, so it's less harmful in the long run even than sugar.
26 Sunday, 24 May 2015 11:56
Half of this article made sense. The other half, nonsense. Smoking pot causes sexual assaults? That's like saying guns kill people. Doh!

Smoking pot causes bad driving? The only bad driving I've seen people do while stoned, was drive slower. Wow. How dangerous :O

A few comments though, I also have to disagree with. It was mentioned that heavy pot use does not cause psychotic thoughts. Yes it can and does. Whoever says that they do not? Is not, nor has been, a super heavy pot smoker.

I was a heavy pot smoker and know for a fact, what it did to my brain, because I was fine before I decided to dive full throttle into smoking it. Heavy pot smoking I'm talking about, roughly every hour all day long every single day and night, sometimes I woke up during the night and smoked too. A pound of pot a month, sometimes more, usually more -,- I smoked.

So please, try to refrain from saying "It does not, or it does do this", unless you know for a fact. It's like telling a person that just threw up from eating a doughnut, that doughnut's don't make people throw up. Maybe that doughnut didn't make you throw up, but to someone else, it was life threatening.

With that being said, I now have cancer. Did smoking pot cause it? I dunno, probably, I probably smoked so much that cancer just had a field day in the body.

What's funny too, is since I decided to try and quit, it seems like the cancer has exploded into full throttle. I've been switching to a vape but, it still seems like it's advancing more than it was before.

I'm starting to wonder, in my brilliant infinite wisdom, if smoking the pot wasn't actually keeping this type of cancer at bay, and now that I've decided to vape, maybe the same properties aren't getting to the cancer? I dunno.

Fuck I'm confused. Excuse my language but fuck, I'm confused, and getting kinda scared but, I refuse to do chemo, nor big pharma, only relying on natural medicines.

So what gives,,,I dunno. I am wondering though, about sulfur. Sulfur is in ash, right? Well, sulfur has also been around forever with it's healing properties.

I'm wondering if when I was smoking it so heavy, getting sulfur incoming or some other element from smoking it, that can't be found in vaping? I dunno :P

I bought a Da Vinci and love it. I love the idea of not smoking anymore and no more smelly clothes or room (I only smoked in my room, though I always stood by window and blew it right out, I know the scent hung around the room, maybe the whole house. Ick) but, now that I'm not smoking, it seems like the cancer is advancing faster than ever again.

Was it going to escalate anyways, or is my continuing to inhale pot at all affecting this? I dunno that either. So now I'm wondering if I should try smoking it again, or just quit but, I really don't want to make the wrong decision again and have this speed up even faster.

I would love to hear back from anyone else that might be having these same issues? If anyone else exists out there that has a fuckered up way of thinking like this but, I dunno, I'm choosing to believe that I'm not the only one that's caught between that proverbial catch-22.

As far as the cancer goes, I've started all kinds of other therapies now, if anyone would like helpful info for that, or if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask.

Please be nice though. I'm sick of mean people and there's allot out there. I really think some people enjoy making others feel bad, just because it makes them feel bigger? Kind of like how parts of this article were written. Informative in some respects but, it seems to have been written in such a way that it degraded people too. Uncool. Info can be given that need not be critical of people. Kindness is much more preferred.

Thank you for reading this and, whatever journey you're on, I hope your journeys bring you smiles, laughter and good feelings. You, whoever you are, are a beautiful soul and please don't let the world tell you otherwise.

Whoever you are, thank you for reading this and thank you for being you, because without you, this world just wouldn't be the same, beautiful soul you ^_^
25 Thursday, 14 May 2015 21:31
this reads like a work of fiction. I would be interested to see how they cooralated sexual assaults and cannabis use.
24 Saturday, 27 December 2014 19:27
John Thomas
All the important information is in the last paragraph:

>>>"based on these studies, the vaporizers appears to be the safest method of administration of marijuana in dealing with respiratory symptoms and pulmonary problems,"

He should have stopped there, since this article is presumably about marijuana vaporization. But, no. We are then bombarded with:

>>>"marijuana use is still illegal in most states"

Is this something new, or does it have anything to do with the nature of marijuana? No.

>>>"and can lead to substance dependency."

No. Marijuana is not addictive, and The Drug Czar's own 1999 Institute of Medicine study of marijuana concluded the "gateway" theory is just a myth that does not operate in reality.

This has been confirmed by every legitimate study since then. In fact, SAMHSA research shows that for every 100 people who try marijuana, only one goes on to become a regular consumer of cocaine - the next most popular "illegal" drug.

Clearly, instead of being a gateway drug, marijuana is a TERMINUS drug - being the last recreational drug the vast majority of people consume.

>>>"Marijuana can impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle"

Marijuana is not alcohol. - Research has shown marijuana is less intoxicating. More importantly, while alcohol drinkers think they are better drivers and so drive faster and more aggressively, marijuana consumers are very aware of their altered consciousness and correctly judge when they are too impaired to drive - refraining from doing so. If they must, they correctly compensate for their altered state by driving slower and more cautiously.

The point is, judgment is not affected like it is with alcohol. Marijuana consumers simply don't put themselves or others in harm's way. Consequently, the preponderance of the research shows marijuana is NOT a significant cause of auto accidents

The Hartford Courant confirms this:

***"States that legalized the medical use of marijuana have had a drop in deadly automobile crashes, suggesting that some people who would otherwise drive drunk and kill someone are smoking weed instead, according to research by three economists."

>>>"as well as create serious psychological and physiological problems for heavy users.

This is patent nonsense, and stems from an observation that a certain percentage of schizophrenic patients consumed marijuana. Prohibitionists jumped on the idea that showed marijuana caused schizophrenia, and the media belched it out.

It turns out, some schizophrenic patients were actually self-medicating with cannabis. Further research has shown most patients obtain effective relief, while a few get aggravation of their symptoms.

But prohibitionists love this false causation idea so much they continue to cling to it, as this person does.

Marijuana does not cause significant harm to the brain or any other part of the body. In fact, research has shown marijuana helps prevent the deadly swelling of brain trauma, gives the brain more stamina, helps prevent Alzheimer's and similar brain disease, and actually stimulates the production of new brain cells.

>>>"Hence, the vaporizer cannot protect a marijuana user from these negative consequences."

Whoops! - None of these "negative consequences" held water. In fact this is just a blatant demonization of millions of Americans who prefer near harmless marijuana over addictive, very harmful alcohol.

SAMHSA research determined more than 100 million Americans have consumed marijuana. That's near HALF the of-age population. There are an estimated 30 to 50 million current consumers. The vast majority consume moderately - on the weekends or less, and are successful, hard-working, respected members of their communities. They are from all walks of life and loved by the families they support.

Since we now know marijuana is less "addictive" than coffee, and far less harmful than alcohol, this is no surprise.

Marijuana is as American as apple pie - and healthier.
23 Wednesday, 08 October 2014 21:42
Is this written by a child or is this supposed to be geared towards children reading it? It literally reads as though a 14 or 15 year old wrote this, posing as a doctor. Is this the same "Dr." that teaches at Texas A&M?
22 Sunday, 07 September 2014 10:00
21 Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:13
What utter rubbish this article is. Propaganda, not information. The link between marijuana use and sexual assaults is utterly laughable if it weren't so insulting.
20 Friday, 11 July 2014 08:14
Normal Guy
I am a normal guy, slight over achiever, Phd, great job, close to retirement (50 now will retire when I'm 60). I retired from the military, work in the health field and am a very social person.
That all being said I am kinda a normal guy. I have some slight health issues that THC helps with. But first it is illegal, I hate the smell it leaves on my clothes and in the air, and the freaking ashes everywhere. A seed popped from a joint once and landed on my lovely leather sofa. However, it helps me sleep, relaxes me, makes my weary bones feel better and above all I like the high. Since I started vaping with a PAX, I don't buy blunts, papers, or use ashtrays anymore. Yes, it costs about $250, but it doesn't make clothes stink. I once smoked before going to a club, and the bouncer smelled it and with a disappointing look said "Seriously!?" he let me in but I felt like a junkie and dirty. Since vaping, it still gives me the high I like before I would use about a half a teaspoon per joint, and in one night with a buddy or two, we would smoke 3 or 4 joints. That wa about 2 teaspoons for a night. Last night with 2 other friends we vaped 3 one quarter teaspoon sessions in thier living room. First we all got toasted, no lingering smell, nothing on our clothes, no scratchy throat, and we only used 3/4 of a teaspoon! When you vape you get about 80% of the THC as opposed to about 25% when smoking. Moking you get ashes, vaping you get essentially slightly toasted bud that still has about 20% THC, saved it and will make edibles with it after saving about a cup. Last time I made chocolate muffins that truly made me feel like I was in a coma. So that is the true testimonial from a normal guy, that if weed were legal I would give my name. Also it is such a clean method, that I quit smoking anything. Why expose myself to carcinagens when I don't have too!
19 Thursday, 03 July 2014 10:48
Hey fuckhead "doctor", enabler of the culture of pseudo science and medical misinformation, water and air consumption are linked to "sexual assaults, individuals contracting sexually transmitted diseases and mothers giving birth to fuckhead "doctors". Correlation does not mean causation, fuckhead.
18 Sunday, 13 April 2014 15:18
57, heavy cannabis uptake from about '76 to '86, and periodic since when opportunity and temptation coincide. Seriously addicted to tobacco (mostly but not exclusively nicotine dependence) for the past 40 years ans consider myself the equivalent of an alcoholic. Even after being 'on the wagon' for ten years or more, all it takes is one cigar to start the rationalization and behavior collapse cycle all over again. Has never happened with the herb... That said, the author nailed it when saying that judgement, discrimination and risk-aavoidance behaviors are all compromised (delightfully so, usually) when buzzed. So don't slag the doctor for telling it the way the research shows. Sanctimonious denials of risk just make you (us) seem like blind pro-pot zealots rather than the gentle stoners we are.
17 Friday, 04 April 2014 10:30
up north
I'm 62 and I've been smoking cannabis on and off since I was 20. I also smoked cigarettes for 40 years starting when I was in my early teens. I'm 'educated' (B.Ed,MSc), relatively happy with my life and successful by most accounts (I failed to get rich). I tried to quit smoking cigarettes many times during the later 20 years before finally succeeding 5 years ago. I know what it feels like to be addicted to nicotine and how difficult it is to quit despite clear evidence that cigarette smoking is deadly. I have never experienced the same difficulty refraining from smoking marijuana. At various times in my life I have stopped smoking marijuana for periods of months to years with no cravings like I had while trying to quit smoking cigarettes. My marijuana smoking has never led me to 'harder' drugs, in fact it has led me away from alcohol, the deadly effects of which I acknowledge and prefer to stay away from. Not as hard as quitting smoking but at times not easy to refrain from either. I choose not to refrain from marijuana, I find it both stimulating and relaxing. It helps me to be more mellow in my interactions with others. I believe I'm a more tolerable person when under the influence of marijuana. One man's experience.
16 Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:49
Aleeza Morgan
Nice information. Vaporizing marijuana is more safe and better than the normal marijuana smoke.
15 Friday, 21 March 2014 20:00
A Canadian
Hey guitarrgirl Pick up a Davinchi vaporiser. Its a bit pricy but its clean and simple to use. Takes care of the smoking pains for sure. High is closer to a body buzz than smoking.
14 Wednesday, 26 February 2014 21:24
I vape everyday all day and feel stoned all the time. Vapes are addictive because they are less invasive on lungs and more discrete. They do not emit odor.
13 Monday, 03 February 2014 06:53
WTF. Not true at all.
12 Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:28
I bet you get paid a lot of money from big pharmaceutical companies Dr.
11 Sunday, 19 January 2014 18:23
Okay, seriously? If Ivette learns to spell you'll consider her PoV? A year in jail for "using" sounds okay to you? Nothing else in the article bothers you? No one caught the fallacy of MJ dependence? There is no physical dependency with MJ and the author did not specifically indicate the dependence as psychological, which he should have. Also, there is a HUGE difference between "dependence" and "addiction". All the other claims have nothing to back them up—no testing, no statistics.

I'm new to the MJ world, but because of chronic pain issues I am trying out some edibles (yes, in a state where that's legal). I am also looking for some research on vaping vs. eating. This article is just plain not helpful. I'm not in a high risk group for getting an STD, nor am I going to get behind the wheel loaded (don't have a car). The traditional medical community has given me drugs for the past twenty years. My pain is worse (as my condition has worsened) and my teeth are falling out of my head. Thanks for that medical community. So far the MJ has helped me to sleep and relax. My only beef about MJ so far is thatbitsmao darned expensive and there are SO many variables. I wish I could find a doctor who would just give me a dosage and strength. It's all a little confusing.
10 Saturday, 07 December 2013 17:44
Don't hate me
Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, how could you call yourself a doctor and believe all that nonsense?
9 Monday, 02 December 2013 22:41
Ivette, I suggest learning how to spell "caught" right and then we could all take you a little bit more seriously.
8 Saturday, 26 October 2013 03:56
"The use of marijuana warps a person’s cognitive thinking which can result in an individual having sex with multiple partners" - sounds good to me.
7 Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:16
This is literally the dumbest article I have ever read. Sexual assaults, STDs and risky sexual behavior?! How did you become a doctor?? I seriously hope you aren't practicing because any doctor who says that using marijuana leads to you being sexual assaulted clearly has no idea what they are talking about. I vaporize regularly and am on the Dean's list at my university. I have a great social life, supportive family and a loving boyfriend. I am also involved in a sorority and other campus organizations. Marijuana doesn't change who I am, it helps me relax. I have had generalized anxiety disorder and mild obsessive compulsive disorder my entire life. I was even put on antidepressants which turned me into a horrible person. I would much rather vaporize than have to deal with the side effects of those medications as well as the apathy I experienced while taking them. "Dr." Hendricks I suggest you look back at your "article" considering you used research that is over twenty years old. If you haven't noticed a lot of research on cannabis has been done since then.
6 Thursday, 18 April 2013 17:53
Although it's very clear smoking anything is not the best for you, there is really no danger to marijuana that you do not also risk when you consume alcohol. In moderation marijuana does not cause any psychological or physiological harm beyond the negative respiratory effects of smoking.

This author relates things such as sexual promiscuity, depression, anxiety, and other psychological issues to marijuana use with really little to no basis. The author has clearly not considered that perhaps these traits belong to those with low impulse control. If you are prone to addiction or low impulse control (which are both hereditary), then using any drug with any notable "positive" psychoactive effects puts you at risk. Alcoholism is at such a high rate because it's so available to the general people, yet most people know that alcohol itself doesn't actually cause alcoholism. It's much deeper than that.

Marijuana legalization is about letting the people who know how to use moderation enjoy a drug that really isn't any more dangerous than tobacco or alcohol if used carefully. It's also a financial issue. Legalizing weed saves a lot of money on drug arrests, keeps a lot of people out of prison, and adds an industry to our nation's GDP that could be comparable to the already enormous tobacco industry (in CA, were MMJ is legal, marijuana as a cash crop has already made the state more money than any other crop).
5 Sunday, 07 April 2013 14:44
I would suggested that when the person gets cought they should go to jail mandatory for one year.
4 Friday, 05 April 2013 10:07
WtF was that negative paragraph
My favorite was the bit about linkimg the substance to many vehicular and non-vehicular accidents... Wtf so how does that have to do with driving? lol cheap addition of unimportant stats
3 Tuesday, 19 March 2013 03:04
what the hell people drinking behave much worse why don't you make alcohol illegal?
2 Thursday, 24 January 2013 02:27
"Marijuana use has been linked to sexual assaults and to individuals contracting sexually transmitted diseases."

This is nothing more than upto date reefer madness where back thn, it was stated that marijuana made black men rape white women.... do us all a favour and sod off with your inept reefer madness.
1 Wednesday, 26 December 2012 21:01
John Fenn
The following quote is an example of propaganda used to tie marijuana in with negative things. Given the lack of medical and behavioral evidence to declare marijuana dangerous the writer tries to use STD's to coherse us into making an emotional judgement of marijuana. A judgement made devoid of fact.

"Marijuana use has been linked to sexual assaults and to individuals contracting sexually transmitted diseases. The use of marijuana warps a person’s cognitive thinking which can result in an individual having sex with multiple partners, having sex at an early age, and failing to use protection during sex, such as using a condom."

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