Misconceptions Cannabis is probably the world’s most popular casual use drug that is illegal in most nations. It has become so widespread that many people wouldn’t think twice about asking to light up at a friend’s or to smoke in public places. It is an ancient drug that has been used throughout history for medical, magical, and pleasurable purposes. Thanks to the scare-tactics of propaganda in the 1960s and 1970s, there are many myths surrounding the drug – this list intends to put things straight once and for all. Myth: Cannabis’ active ingredient THC gets stored in body fat and its effects can last days or even weeks Fact: It is true that cannabis (like many other drugs) enters the body’s fat stores, and it is for this reason that it can be detected long after use, but that is the only part of this myth which is true. Myth: Cannabis use causes memory loss and a general reduction in logic and intelligence Myth: Cannabis has been scientifically proven to be harmful Sources:1. Jamie Frater
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Uses For Industrial HempNot to overly play into the stereotype of the TreeHugger moniker, but today is 4/20 so a quick review of all the great uses for industrial hemp--you know, that non-psychoactive relative of marijuana that for myriad moronic reasons is more or less illegal* to cultivate in the United States but not work with and sell--seemed apropos. From clothing, to food, to fuel, to a whole host of consumer and building products, not to mention helping in cleaning up soil pollution, it's only slightly hyperbole to call hemp a wonder crop: photo: Janet via flickr. 1. Clothing Hemp's been used for textiles since time immemorial--samples of hemp fabric in China date back to 8,000 BC--though it has certainly had a renaissance of late. photo: Sarah McD via flickr. 2. About one third of hemp seed's weight comes from hemp oil, which is both edible but highly nutritious, containing essential fatty acids. 3. 4. 5. Hemp is also a viable feedstock for plastics production. 6. Yes, you can make biofuel from hemp!
Stoner GamesThe Brain on MarijuanaMarijuana's effect on the brain is far from understood, but Australian research published Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry suggests that very heavy long-term smoking might be associated with structural changes in two areas of the brain rich in receptors to the drug. The hippocampus, believed to regulate emotion and memory, and the amygdala, which plays a role in aggression and fear, were smaller—12 percent and 7 percent, respectively—in a group that smoked at least five joints daily for at least the past 10 years (and, on average, 20 years) when compared to a nonsmoking group. Users also showed more signs of sub-threshold psychotic symptoms compared with those in the group that abstained. But it's way too early for parents to conclude that pot deteriorates the brain, cautions Scott Swartzwelder, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University whose own research focuses on substance abuse and the adolescent brain.
Telling Teenagers the TruthLying to Teens about Marijuana does more harm than good. I think it's wrong for society to lie to teenagers about smoking marijuana. I find it frustrating when I hear ads from places like "Partnership for a Drug Free America" running commercials against Pot that just aren't true. I don't like it when people warn teens about using "Marijuana and Cocaine" when Pot is almost harmless and Cocaine is a dangerous drug. For those parents who are reading this in horror, I am not trying to get kids to smoke Pot. How bad is Marijuana Really? As compared to most drugs, Pot is the least dangerous. Pot will cause some short term memory loss. Pot will give you the Munchies. Pot is a sexual stimulant. Never drive while doing any drugs or alcohol, or many prescription drugs for that matter. Smoking Pot increases your risk of cancer. Pot will give you dry mouth. The most dangerous thing about Pot is getting caught with it. Benefits of Marijuana Marijuana is the safest of all drugs. It's your Life!