Its a lot like alcohol. It affects the brain. Not in any way that would be deemed physically harmful but it exaggerates underlying medical conditions revolving around personality disorders and mental disorders.
Its the type of drug that requires sincere caution but is mostly harmless. Lulling a lot of people into a false sense of security.
I think it should be legalized and regulated by the government very carefully in the same way that alcohol is. But, again, you have to bear in mind how very, very young humanity is in the front of legalization of drugs.
So does marijuana. In many ways, more so than alcohol. Physically, no, its quite safe. Alcohol will cause you many more problems than THC will physiologically. Its psychologically where the problems are. And it doesn't so much cause those problems as it does aggravate them.
Almost all scientific evidence so far indicates that is, to quote you, "fucking harmless" in the long-term. However, I believe that there is long-term effects. This is probably because I am a pessimist and cannot understand how something that is so positive (judging from how dedicated people are to using it) can have no negative effects. I just don't see how a mind-affecting substance can have no long-term effects whatsoever. (Most research done in the United States, to my understanding, is so strictly regulated that it is not in any way representative of how most people us cannabis. That leaves pretty much just some European countries to be responsible to do research on cannabis' effects/benefits.) Therefore, I think more research--good research--needs to be done before opening the door to legalization. Someone else brought up the point that there's a difference between people who get high for the sake of being high (like getting drunk for the sake of getting drunk). I don't have a problem with someone smoking cannabis every so often as long as they don't do anything that negatively impacts other people (anything from driving while high to eating everything in the fridge ). But if it were legalized, there's going to be more people who get high solely for the sake of getting high on a regular basis (as in, all somebody ever does is get high, no contribution to society being made, etc), just like how it's much easier to get drunk now that Prohibition is over.
OprahWinfreyXFeatured By OwnerFeb 2, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There just may Be long term effects of marijuana, but as opposed to crack heads and heroin addicts it is fucking harmless. There are negative long term effects to virtually all consumables. It doesn't make sense to have drugs such as tobacco & alcohol legal and say pot should be illegal because there are long term effects of it.
The problem is, nobody is certain what those effects might be. For all we know, it could turn out marijuana causes lung cancer faster than tobacco does. If marijuana were legalized before enough research was done on its effects, and if severe long-term effects were found later, it'd become like tobacco: something that the government tries to discourage people to use but can only regulate up to a certain point due to the power of tobacco companies.
Wrong, wrong, wrong. I seriously doubt that someone consuming a joint before they start a days work and also at breaks would be able to perform on their job at normal levels compared to simply having a cup of coffee.
Having people driving cars under the influence would be extremely dangerous.
Again, smoking cannabis does cause very serious reactions in some people, and does in many individual circumstances lead to harder drugs.
Hemp is a very reliable material that can be an easily used substitute for paper, rope, and several other everyday products. THC in cannabis plants can help cancer patients and other people suffering from diseases ease the pain of their affliction and eventually even kill the cancer cells altogether.
Unfortunately, this is where the usefulness ends.
Marijuana, just like any other drug, is a drug that can be exploited and abused. While it doesn't show any serious physical problems until MUCH later in life with heavy use comparable with chain smoking cigarettes, it does cause one's brain to slow down. Studies in Australia in 2008 linked years of heavy marijuana use to brain abnormalities. This is backed up by earlier research on the long-term effects of marijuana, which indicate changes in the brain similar to those caused by long-term abuse of other major drugs. And a number of studies have shown a connection between continued marijuana use and psychosis. Further use can also cause disruptions in the menstrual cycle for women, disrupt nerve cells in the brain causing issues with memory, and even temporary to near permanent sterility in men.
Thank you, that was a point that I tried to make as well. This guy does not want hemp/marijuana to be legalized for practical uses or helping certain patients. The OP wants it legalized just so they can smoke it. And yes, I've seen the 2 posts below me.
how is a question a smart ass remark? there have been multiple nobel prize winning scientists who have been pot-heads, and even attributed their success to pot. to say that all pot heads are stupid is ironically actually a pretty stupid thing to say.
OprahWinfreyXFeatured By OwnerJan 30, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not a pot head, I'm only asking since you are stating that there are dangers smoking pot as an argument for pro cannabis , I want to know if you are also for alcohol prohibition. Its not a matter of how dangerous it is, it's a matter someone telling someone what they can and can't put in their bodies. People are responsible for what they take in And how they act while under the influence of that of which they they have taken in. I'm sorry if you were offended by my reply to your original comment, understand that I merely wanted more information to build off of because your comment could be applied to other substance such as alcohol ergo I asked if you felt the same about it.
Like marijuana, alcohol is also able to be abused and exploited, but definitely on a larger scale. Unlike weed, the effects of alcohol are very soon and can cause much more disastrous effects on the brain and body as well. I'm not for the prohibition of anything, really. You can smoke a joint every now and then when you've had a rough day to chill out, and you can relax with a bottle of wine or beer.
It's the people who get high for the sake of just being high, or getting drunk for the sake of being drunk that turns into an issue, because those people are essentially destroying themselves. I've had a friend of mine lose his wife recently over his inability to say no to pot, and my fiance's father has been in prison for domestic abuse and substance abuse due to his addiction to alcohol.
Blackrosekane89Featured By OwnerJan 28, 2013Professional General Artist
I think it's stupid that weed is illegal and taboo and alcohol is not. I'm not saying alcohol should be illegal, but there are a lot alcohol related deaths every year and alcohol can be addictive. I don't understand why something (alcohol) that has been a direct cause in deaths is not a problem, but a harmless plant is
Do u have any evidence that it turns people using it into idiots? How exactly does thc specifically transform one into an idiot? I posted a comment elsewhere in this thread with a lengthy list of some of the most accomplished people in the world in several different fields who all smoke pot regularly and advocate its use.many of them like Francis crick Richard freynmann Mary mullion Steve jobs etc... even claim that without the use of pot they would never have made their most monumental discoveries and accomplishments with all of the. Basically saying something along the lines of weed enhancing abstract thought.
Weed doesn't determine who you are it interacts with who u are. If an idiot smokes pot he will probably stay an idiot. However give it to a scientist or doctor you might end up with a breakthrough. And we all know how great it is for musicians and artists and the like.
So actually all the available evidence would suggest it helps people think and accomplish things if anything at all.
Just because they smoked pot, doesn't prove it didn't make them dumber. It just means it would take more for average people to notice the effect it had on them. It's so sad. Imagine what they could have achieved if they hadn't sacrificed some of their brain cells to pot.
Yeah so what's the evidence that it made them dumber? I just don't understand why you believe that. There's no evidence or reasoning to support it so its kind of irrational.
Its also scientifically Provence it doesn't kill brain cells. There's pretty compelling evidence that it stimulates brain cell growth actually. That's also an irrational opinion.
I dunno you can either choose to be a rational person or not. Rational people have evidence and reasoning that supports their opinions and explains why they think the way they do. And irrational people believe things for no reason or questionable reasons and they have silly unsupportable opinions. So yeah I mean I guess you can just choose what side of the fence you're on on this. I personally just prefer to side with the doctors and scientists and studies and evidence and that stuff.