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Jan. 12, 2017 | WASHINGTON: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nearly 100 Conclusions on the Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products Presented in New Report; One of the Most Comprehensive Studies of Recent Research on Health Effects of Recreational and Therapeutic Use of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a rigorous review of scientific research published since 1999 about what is known about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products – such as marijuana and active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids – ranging from their therapeutic effects to their risks for causing certain cancers, diseases, mental health disorders, and injuries. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report considered more than 10,000 scientific abstracts to reach its nearly 100 conclusions.
Currently, cannabis is the most popular illicit drug in the United States, in terms of past-month users. Based on a recent nationwide survey, 22.2 million Americans ages 12 and older reported using cannabis in the past 30 days. This survey also reports that 90 percent of adult cannabis users in the United States said their primary use was recreational, with about 10 percent reporting use solely for medical purposes. Around 36 percent reported mixed medical and recreational use. In addition, between 2002 and 2015, the percentage of past-month cannabis users in the U.S. population ages 12 and older has increased steadily from 6.2 percent to 8.3 percent.
The evidence reviewed by the committee suggests that cannabis use is likely to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia, other psychoses, and social anxiety disorders, and to a lesser extent depression. Alternatively, in individuals with schizophrenia and other psychoses, a history of cannabis use may be linked to better performance on learning and memory tasks. Heavy cannabis users are more likely to report thoughts of suicide than non-users, and in individuals with bipolar disorder, near-daily cannabis users show increased symptoms of the disorder than non-users.
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a rigorous review of scientific research published since 1999 about what is known about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products – such as marijuana and active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids – ranging from their therapeutic effects to their risks for causing certain cancers, diseases, mental health disorders, and injuries.
WHY WE SHOULD HAVE VOTED NO ON CALIFORNIA’S PROPOSITION 64, LEGALIZING MARIJUANA – clickable link
The well-funded Marijuana Industry, with its endless supply of lawyers and lobbyists has put Prop 64 – The Recreational Use of Marijuana – on our ballot. Nothing about Prop 64 is written in the public’s best interest.
How much pot can be carried in California?
Here’s the shocking equivalent what one ounce of marijuana or 8 grams of cannabis concentrates which are now legal to carry in California because of the passage of Prop 64 (recreational legalized weed)
Colorado Suicide Rates and the Connection to Marijuana See Graph by Clicking here: Colorado Suicide Rates & Cannabis.
What Child Is This?
By: Robert Charles | 12/10/2016, Townhall
“That would be leadership – and long overdue. So, pull the drug czar back to Cabinet rank, put Federal resources and smart people on enforcing the law, and educate the country.”
The Christmas carol is poignant – reminder of Christmas, and beyond. “What child is this, who, laid to rest …” the carol begins. “Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?” it continues. The stanza ends, “Haste, haste ….” Lovely, lilting, full of promise – like the birth of a child.
When the drug crisis hits home
The heartbreak of 50,000 dead is everywhere
By: Robert Charles | 1-4-17 Washington Times
Do not want to read further? It’s other people’s kids. It’s up to someone else. It’s not in my town. Beware the draw of denial. The latest numbers suggest Americans have grown indifferent, uncoupled from the reality of drug abuse at their elbows. The liberal, and frankly unconscionable, appeal to indulge in abuse of narcotics as “recreation” is where rational minds should part company. The result is a spike in emergency room incidents, fatal drug overdoses (which often involve opiates, but often start with marijuana), drugged driving (escalating nationwide), reported domestic abuse (always tied to substance abuse), and drug related crimes.
No one wants to read about drug addiction, abuse, overdose numbers and young death. Why should they? Why should anyone who is steady, healthy and cogent enough to be combing a newspaper, or scanning news on their iPhone care much about someone who – all the world assumes – lost their own future, made avoidable mistakes?
Marijuana Edibles: States Bite Off More Than They Can Chew
Colorado is not fully protecting its kids from pot, says experts
By: Carleen Wild | Updated Dec. 19 2016 at 8:34 p.m. HEALTHZETTE
Her biggest concerns for users are the negative mental health outcomes — including psychosis and suicidal intent. “We stand to lose a generation to this drug,” she said. “About 5 percent of the weekly to daily users [of the high-strength product] can expect to develop chronic psychosis, and again, you cannot predict who is going to be at risk. Lesser impacts that are often preludes to the more serious outcomes include anxiety, depression and panic,” said Miller.
Legalizing Marijuana: Pot Legalization is Revealing Unintended Consequence
By Markian Hawryluk, The Bulletin
“When have we ever as a society benefited from a sin tax?” Shemelya, with National Marijuana Initiative asked. “Look at the models for alcohol and tobacco and what they cost every year. They’re not even revenue neutral, and neither will this drug be. It’ll end up costing states more than they’ll ever take in, in tax receipts.”
S itting in her counselor’s office, the 41-year-old Bend mother of five fingered a plastic silver cross on a loop of clear beads. As the words became more difficult to form, she squeezed her eyes shut. Her mascara began to run.
Listen to the problems in Colorado schools. How much are government officials hiding?:
Lynn Reimer, President of ACT on Drugs, speaks at the Smart Colorado Benefit Luncheon talks about how the #1 problem in Colorado schools is marijuana.
A thumbs up to Governor Chris Christie for bravely standing up to the pot industry. His words are empowering!
Why any tax revenue resulting from selling marijuana is just “blood money”:
Governor Chris Christie says he will not buy into legalizing recreational marijuana, saying it’s a gateway drug and poison. Townsquare Media New Jersey’s NJ 101.5 presents “Ask the Governor,” an hour long call-in program with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hosted by Eric Scott starting at 7 p.m. EDT.
San Diego Doctor Reports on Marijuana Poisoning
Dr. Lev is the Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. She describes how everyday she treats daily marijuana poisoning: from cyclical vomiting syndrome- a condition resulting in terrible wretching (vomiting) and severe abdominal pain caused by regular marijuana use, everyday she treats someone in acute psychosis and agitation associated with marijuana use. Dr Lev has treated cancer patients who ate a marijuana brownie thinking it would help with nausea from chemotherapy, only to land an admission to the hospital for chest pain and palpitations; and the most reprehensible consequence from marijuana is when Dr Lev has to place a child on life support for marijuana ingestion.
Dr. Lev is the director of operations of the Scripps Mercy Emergency Department, San Diego campus. She has been practicing medicine at the hospital since 1993, was board certified in emergency medicine in 1995 and re-certified in 2005.
Prop 64: Warning from San Diego health experts about recreational pot
Posted: Oct 10, 2016 11:22 PM PDT Updated: Oct 10, 2016 11:22 PM PDT
CBS News 8 – San Diego, CA News Station – KFMB Channel 8
By Richard Allyn, Reporter
Shedding some light on dark money in Yes-on-64 campaign
Sacramento Bee | 10-8-16 | By: Dan Morain
In 2016, dark money continues to be the coin of the realm in initiative politics. Only this time, some of the nonprofit money is helping to fund an initiative promoted by good liberals led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
The Drug Policy Action, a nonprofit with an Oakland address, has given $4.7 million to pass Proposition 64. Nearly $4 million of that came from an entity called Fund for Policy Reform based in Washington, D.C. Billionaire George Soros, it turns out, is the source of that money, though you wouldn’t know it from campaign finance reports.
Recall the stench that emanated from the secretive $11 million that flowed into California politics in the closing days of the 2012 election. Seizing on an issue he knew would resonate with voters, Gov. Jerry Brown declared: “They’re ashamed of themselves. That’s why they conceal their identity.”
PBS Special in CO: The State of High, 10-27-16
In the premiere of Rocky Mountain PBS’ investigative series, “Insight”, news anchor John Ferrugia explores what is unknown about the risks of high potency THC for those who “dab” so-called “wax”, “honey”, or “shatter” that can bathe the brain with hundreds of milligrams of the drug.
CBS 60 Minutes Report on Colorado Marijuana
As five states vote on whether to legalize recreational pot, Dr. Jon LaPook visits Pueblo, Colorado, a town that knows firsthand the impact of the legal weed business.
Marijuana Threat Assessment, Part One: Recent Evidence for Health Risks of Marijuana Use
David W. Murray, Brian Blake & John P. Walters
Nov 2, 2016 Hudson.org Hudson Institute
Where more than one of these factors is present, the risks escalate; where the developmentally young smoke high-potency cannabis frequently for an extended period – most markedly those with predisposing psychological deficits – the effects can be catastrophic in their lives, including dramatic “psychotic breaks.” These effects appear to be, in some cases, largely irreversible.
And it is this “worst-case scenario” that, perversely, is being fostered by state legalization and commercialization measures, thereby ensuring the greatest magnitude of damage.
These finding are warnings of grave danger, with the promise of yet more to be discovered. Not all is “proven,” and not all establishes independent causation, but the evidence is strong enough, and growing daily, to activate in public policy a “precautionary principle.” That is, the evidence is strong enough to warrant a clear directive not to proceed further. Simply put, the pathway of (marijuana) legalization must not be pursued.
Thanks to advances in science, we have never known so much about the effects marijuana use has on the human body, particularly, the fragile brain. Yet, in a political era when scientific research is regularly marshalled to end public policy debates, the powerful, growing scholarship on marijuana has largely been ignored or dismissed.
Bartecchi: Marijuana dangerous, especially for youths
The Pueblo Chieftain, 10-10-16, By: Carl Bartecchi
One wonders how long it will take us to recognize and do something about this drug. Studies already have shown that there is a five times increased risk of a heart attack in the 60 minutes after pot use.
Heavy pot smoking during ones teens has been related to a loss of IQ points that did not return after quitting as an adult. Long-term use also has been linked to mental disorders such as depression and psychoses, especially in those with a history or a tendency toward mental illness.
It’s hard to believe how long we waited and finally did do something about the problems related to tobacco. Right here in Pueblo, our study showed that eliminating secondhand smoke exposure significantly reduced the number of heart attacks admitted to our hospitals. Our study repeatedly was reproduced in other cities in the U.S.
More Study Needed on the Link Between Pot and Psychosis
The Province 11-9-16 By: Gordon Clark
While the Schizophrenia Society of Canada noted that more research is needed to better understand the link, why are we risking the health of children — and potentially future violent acts linked to psychosis, even if they are rare — by removing the prohibitions on marijuana? Surely we should be asking those questions before legalizing pot. Certainly those who like to get stoned or who make a lot of money off the sale of pot — the ones pushing the pro-marijuana agenda on society — are not.
Canadians, especially lawmakers, gleefully rushing headlong to legalize marijuana should pause to consider the horrifying, heartbreaking stabbing death of 13-year-old Letisha Reimer, as innocent a crime victim as one can imagine. Gabriel Brandon Klein, the 21-year-old homeless man from Alberta charged with second-degree murder in the death of the Abbotsford Senior Secondary School student, and aggravated assault in the non-fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old girl in the Nov.
Marijuana: a potent disruptor for young users, whose brains are still developing
LA Times, 9-2-16, By:Robin Abcarian
“We have a child/adolescent unit that treats kids to age 17, and an adult unit for 18 and older, and we see young people in both age groups who come to the emergency room with florid symptoms of psychosis that appear to be associated with heavy use of marijuana,” said Tom Strouse, medical director of UCLA’s Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. “Sometimes they have a known, preexisting illness, but many do not.”
Marijuana, he said, can cause psychosis. For some, it will be fleeting. But for those with a genetic or biological risk for a chronic illness such as schizophrenia, Strouse said, “heavy marijuana use may hasten or intensify the manifestation, and lead to a worse course than if you never used marijuana at all.”
Devan Fuentes made it all the way through San Clemente High School without drinking or using drugs. He vividly remembers the first time he smoked pot. He was visiting a friend at Occidental College, and decided the moment had come.
Opinion: High-potency pot poses risks to the developing brain
By: Diane Macintosh, MD, 5/15/2016
In my psychiatric practice, I treat patients with psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia. Most were born with a genetic vulnerability to develop the disorder, but many share another important life experience: they smoked pot from an early age.
Debate has raged across Canada about the impending legalization/decriminalization of marijuana. Canadian physicians, in their role as advocates for physical and mental health, have been conspicuously absent from the debate. This troubling void in leadership is apparent from the lack of informed discourse exhibited across all forms of media. Our failure to educate Canadians regarding the potential risks of street pot, particularly for a developing brain, has important social, physical and psychological implications.
In my psychiatric practice, I treat patients with psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia. Most were born with a genetic vulnerability to develop the disorder, but many share another important life experience: they smoked pot from an early age. Debate has raged across Canada about the impending legalization/decriminalization of marijuana.
Medical Pros: Toke At Your Own Risk
Doctors say health concerns for pot are worse than we think.
4:51 PM, AUG 19, 2016, By ALICE B. LLOYD
“Leaders in the health sector from Washington state and Colorado, where marijuana’s recreational use is widespread and often ineffectively regulated, know enough by now to take a step back and consider the ill effects. They presented findings and concerns on the health effects of cannabis Thursday afternoon at a National Academy of Sciences committee meeting in Washington, D.C. Dr. Leslie Walker, chief of adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, added her pediatric view to a Colorado public health official’s report of pot users coming to the ER with href=”http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/24/health/colorado-pot-er-visits/” target=”_blank” data-saferedirecturl=”https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/24/health/colorado-pot-er-visits/&source=gmail&ust=1473010351346000&usg=AFQjCNGQZ_o9L6ruY-Gs10JIoZLKFesiHg”>grave physical symptoms. “For kids, it’s actually not uncommon. We have a number of them in the hospital at the same time. It’s not just the long-term users,” she said.
The disruption of a growing brain’s normal development is a heavy concern. Walker observed that research of particularly tragic cases has established links between schizophrenia and adolescent marijuana use. “People who use fifty times or more were much more likely to have a diagnosis of schizophrenia than people who had never used,” she said.
“The other part which is concerning,” Walker added, “is there are poorer treatment outcomes when you compare them to adult users.”
Leaders in the health sector from Washington state and Colorado, where marijuana’s recreational use is widespread and often ineffectively regulated, know enough by now to take a step back and consider the ill effects. They presented findings and concerns on the health effects of cannabis Thursday afternoon at a National Academy of Sciences committee meeting in Washington, D.C.
Addiction Professional magazine
August 18, 2016 by Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
As presented at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders in Denver, August 18, 2016 by Jennifer Golick, LMFT, PhD (clinical director at Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services) stated “cannabis use does, in fact, pose serious, long-term health risks for adolescents”.
In spite of some particularly creative cases to the contrary presented by teenagers she has spoken with, cannabis use does, in fact, pose serious, long-term health risks for adolescents, Jennifer Golick, LMFT, PhD, told attendees at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders on Thursday in Denver.
How many more young lives have to derail from using marijuana?”
McClean said he spent three weeks in Bellevue Hospital, and now takes medication for his bipolar disorder, which he says was heightened after he decided to quit smoking marijuana weeks earlier.
Krit McClean, the male model who was arrested after he stripped naked and threatened police in Times Square on June 30, attributed his bizarre behavior to a “manic episode” in a new op-ed in the New York Post .
OREGON pot business collusion-corruption
The letter plays a key role in a state investigation into Siler, CEO of Cannacea, a dispensary that opened last fall in Northeast Portland. The fraud inquiry is the first of its kind in Oregon’s marijuana industry. Investigators also are examining the role of a company that Siler hired to help attract investors. The firm, Green Rush Consulting, worked with a felon previously convicted in a financial scam.
Relationships soured between Tisha Siler, a self-described herbalist and holistic counselor, and many of those she hoped would bankroll her operation. The venture spiraled into nasty accusations, multiple court claims against Siler and her dispensary and demands from investors that she return their money, according to court documents and the state’s investigative file.
Birth of an industry:
NORML and the proof behind the truth: how the scam of “Medical” Marijuana was sold to the public.
Please share this post with every concerned parent you know! Spread the Word about Pop Pot! If you tell a lie long enough, people start believing it’s the truth. We found a “medical” marijuana box in the middle of the soaps and toiletries of a gift shop in a state where lobbyists have been trying to commercialize “medical” marijuana through the state legislature.
Sen. Feinstein says “NO” to legalizing MJ
BY CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO, 7-12-16
Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday formally opposed an initiative on California’s fall ballot to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Feinstein said the measure, Proposition 64, lacked protections for children and motorists and would clash with medical marijuana guidelines signed last fall by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Lawmaker who pushed medical pot in Md. is part of team applying to sell the drug
The Washington Post, By href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/people/fenit-nirappil” target=”_blank” data-saferedirecturl=”https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=http://www.washingtonpost.com/people/fenit-nirappil&source=gmail&ust=1470001138513000&usg=AFQjCNEhTVQgEA6QFQRCNbGY0U75aJ9yCg”>Fenit Nirappil and Aaron Gregg July 16
The state lawmaker who led the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland is part of a company trying to sell and profit off the drug — a position he never disclosed as he pushed bills and regulations to help cannabis businesses.Del. Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore County) is the clinical director for Doctor’s Orders, according to a portion of a dispensary licensing application obtained by The Washington Post through a public records request.
Colorado Youth Marijuana Use is Not Flat
Region 16 (Boulder, Broomfield): High school seniors in this region reported the highest rate of past-month use among 12th graders in the state. In 2015, 42.2 percent of high school seniors reported past-month use, versus 28.5 in 2013. That’s a 48.1 percent increase. The use rate among high school juniors in this region jumped from 22.3 percent to 33.4 percent, a 49.8 percent increase.
Given that the health of American youth is in question and that so many states base their policies on reports issued by the State of Colorado, it is important to understand what the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) actually tells us.
Marijuana Industry buys Colorado petition companies, Makes petitioners sign No Compete Clause
We’re hearing news out of Colorado that marijuana proponents have bought off all of the petition companies and have made petitioners sign a no compete clause which essentially makes it impossible for Anti-legalization groups to petition for push back initiatives.”They were offering $75,000 to $200,0000, depending on size of each company, to get contracts that say they will not gather signatures for this ballot measure,” said attorney and former Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty.
Police report:Muslim teen smoked marijuana, jumped from balcony to his death
By: Brandon Macz, Capital Hill Time Staff 5-1-16
A Seattle Police investigation into the death of 16-year-old Seattle Central College student Hamza Warsame determined the teen leapt from the balcony of a Capitol Hill apartment on Dec. 5, putting to rest initial speculation across social media that the young Muslim had been the victim of a hate crime. Warsame’s classmate told police the two had met to work on a school project and, at one point, Warsame expressed an interest in trying marijuana, which the student had in his apartment, the report states. He said Warsame became frantic while the student was preparing food, stating he needed air and was worried he had done something offensive in regard to his religion. It was shortly after this that the student reported to police that Warsame jumped from the small balcony, falling approximately 40 feet.
A Seattle Police investigation into the death of 16-year-old Seattle Central College student Hamza Warsame determined the teen leapt from the balcony of a Capitol Hill apartment on Dec. 5, putting to rest initial speculation across social media that the young Muslim had been the victim of a hate crime.
Marijuana Regulation a Scary Chaotic Mess?
By: Gale Scott, 5-19-16
The current legal climate in which several states are defying the law with apparent impunity is “a scary chaotic mess,” Richard Bonnie, JD, a lawyer with a long association with the American Psychiatric Association said, one in which “marijuana prohibition has unraveled.” “Can we put the genie back in the bottle?,” Bonnie asked, speaking at the group’s 2016 annual meeting in Atlanta, GA.Bonnie’s analysis was filled with dire warnings about the consequences of legalized marijuana for public health. There is as yet sparse evidence if any that cannabis has any medical value, he said, despite the public’s enthusiasm. “Medical marijuana has been a Trojan horse,” he said, a way for those who would profit from recreational use sales to get into the game by promoting the herb as having healing powers.
Those negative consequences he said can be “psychosis, cognitive impairment and poor school performance, and risk of depression and suicidal ideation.” “A worrisome proportion of users use it intensively and develop diagnosable disorders,” he said, “they are the causalities and [the incidence] may be higher than with alcohol.”
Medical marijuana use is legal in many states-despite federal drug laws that still make it a Drug Enforcement Agency Schedule 1 controlled substance and a paucity of research showing cannabis has any benefits for users beyond getting high.
MARIJUANA AND MENTAL HEALTH
ONDCP Press Conference: MARIJUANA AND YOUR TEEN’S MENTAL HEALTH
Nat’l Press Club, Wash DC, 5/3/05 SAMHSA/ONDCP
Neil McKeganey, PhD Professor of Drug Misuse Research and Director,Centre for Drug Misuse Research Glasgow Univ, Glasgow, Scotland UK
Mental Health & Marijuana / Anti Marijuana Educational Video. Public service announcement public domain video: ONDCP Press Conference: Marijuana and Your Teen’s Mental Health. When: 5/3/2005. Sponsor: SAMHSA/ONDCP. Experts Alert Parents About Mental Health Harms of Teens’ Marijuana Use.Mental health experts and scientists joined high-ranking government officials to discuss an emerging body of research that identifies clear links between marijuana use and mental health disorders, including depression, suicidal thoughts and schizophrenia.
This pot-focused educational course should be taught in every school district across America, not JUST one school in the country.
OAK CREEK, Colo. — The students are seventh graders in the first pot-focused education course in Colorado, created by school counselor Molly Lotz and teacher Sarah Grippa, co-founders of the Marijuana Education Initiative. Its message to the kids — that pot can damage your still-developing brain — is critical, Grippa said, and the students get that.
America’s drug experiment has been a disaster”
by: Melanie Phillips (The London Times) 4-27-16
Scientists from Britain, the US, Europe and Australia recently warned that the threat to mental health from heavy cannabis use was serious enough to warrant a global public health campaign. Study after study has flagged up the damage cannabis does to users and others in their ambit. Long-term potheads display on average an eight-point decline in IQ over time, a higher risk of psychosis and permanent brain damage.
The legalisation of cannabis financed by Soros and encouraged by Obama will lead to social decay, writes Melanie Phillips in the Times. ARTICLE BY MELANIE PHILLIPS, 26 April 2016… Fresh research has shown once again that cannabis is intensely harmful.
You Can’t Deny Marijuana is Dangerous for Developing Minds
Dr. Diane McIntosh
Psychiatrist and clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia
4-8-16 Vancouver, B.C. (Huff Post-Parents)
The impact of THC on a developing brain can be profound and life-altering. Adolescence is a time of massive brain remodeling, when brain cells (neurons) are pruned and critical connections are made. Most mental illnesses first present during this remodeling phase. A href=”https://scholar.google.ca/citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=en&user=0UsOn-QAAAAJ&sortby=pubdate&citation_for_view=0UsOn-QAAAAJ:Wp0gIr-vW9MC” target=”_blank”>2016 study reviewed 31 scientific papers and reported compelling evidence that high THC levels found in street pot alters brain structure, size and function, especially for frequent, heavy users. Neurons in brain areas that are rich in cannabinoid 1 (THC) receptors are damaged or destroyed by THC. This includes neurons in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), hippo-campus and amygdala. The PFC is necessary for mature adult behavior. It’s the brain’s executive, responsible for organizing, planning, forward thinking and critical thinking. If you have a teenager, you know their PFC isn’t fully developed; for most people that happens by age 25. THC is a neurotoxin — it damages neurons in critical brain areas like the PFC — and the amount of damage is directly correlated with smoking frequency and the age when pot use begins. There must be an agenda behind those who argue that mountains of scientific research is wrong. Perhaps it’s to bolster confidence in their personal use of pot, whether employed for pleasure or as treatment. Perhaps it’s for financial gain, since teens are the largest pot market. There is simply no evidence-based, cogent argument for pot’s social good, especially for teens. No one should tell a parent that pot is safe for their child.
Physicians have not effectively confronted pot-related myths, nor have we adequately educated our patients. When I tell parents about marijuana’s risks, they often express shock. Many believe it’s like oregano… a safe “natural product” that adds a little spice to life. But pot is not benign.
11:00 min Podcast interview with Sir Professor Robin Murray: NOT TO BE MISSED
Here is a very candid viewpoint expressed by a frustrated British schizophrenia expert (Sir Professor Robin Murray, MD) who clearly doesn’t understand why Americans would undertake the legalization experiment underway in Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington state and D.C. when so much science points towards serious mental health harm. At the end of the interview he states: ” I think we should wait and see what happens in the US. I say doing research on monkey and rats is very expensive, you have to look after them, keep them in cages. Americans are doing it for free. So we just wait and see what happens in Colorado, more psychosis, and more road traffic accidents. We should be cautious.”
Announcer – “Lab rats. Human lab rats.”
Murray – “American lab rats for free.”
A leading psychiatrist explains the latest research on cannabis.
Harmless? Marijuana-induced psychosis on the upswing
By Josh Kerns, KIRO Radio Reporter | February 26, 2016
Duane Stone is a veteran Seattle mental health specialist. He’s seeing a surprising increase in patients experiencing psychotic episodes as well. Many have never had any mental health problems before. “I get lots of first break kind where this person doesn’t have an experience with mental illness, they don’t have a diagnosis, they’re 30 or 40-years-old. And the only thing they’ve been doing has been smoking marijuana for the last year or two,” Stone said.
Since our state’s legalization of marijuana, more people are getting high, believing pot is completely harmless. But mental health professionals are seeing a dramatic increase in problems caused by pot, especially in young people. They worry the lack of awareness about its risks will only make matters worse.