Skip to comments.Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think
Posted on 01/03/2019 8:36:53 AM PST by reaganaut1
The most obvious way that cannabis fuels violence in psychotic people is through its tendency to cause paranoia. Even marijuana advocates acknowledge that the drug can cause paranoia; the risk is so obvious that users joke about it, and dispensaries advertise certain strains as less likely to do so. But for people with psychotic disorders, paranoia can fuel extreme violence. A 2007 paper in the Medical Journal of Australia looked at 88 defendants who had committed homicide during psychotic episodes. It found that most of the killers believed they were in danger from the victim, and almost two-thirds reported misusing cannabismore than alcohol and amphetamines combined.
The link between marijuana and violence doesnt appear limited to people with pre-existing psychosis. Researchers have studied alcohol and violence for generations, proving that alcohol is a risk factor for domestic abuse, assault and even murder. Far less work has been done on marijuana, in part because advocates have stigmatized anyone who raises the issue. Still, there are studies showing that marijuana use is a significant risk factor for violence.
A 2012 paper in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, examining a federal survey of more than 9,000 adolescents, found that marijuana use was associated with a doubling of domestic violence in the U.S. A 2017 paper in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, examining drivers of violence among 6,000 British and Chinese men, found that drug use was linked to a fivefold increase in violence, and the drug used was nearly always cannabis.
Before states legalized recreational cannabis, advocates predicted that legalization would let police focus on hardened criminals rather than on marijuana smokers and thus reduce violent crime.
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I worry that legalizing marijuana throughout the country will create more people who are unfit to work or parent. OTOH, I don't want to put people in jail for harming themselves.
Do you think marijuana should be legalized?
For your interest.
I’ve not touched the stuff since 1977 and I think it’s stupid to do so.
And I think it should be legalized.
Interestingly, I just heard a Ben Shapiro speech a few weeks ago on Youtube where he addresses it. He not only agrees with me but he states it pretty much the same way, sans the reference to 1977.
It’s the libertarian in both of us.
The author of the article suffers from paranoia.
aww, hell. pot thread. we all know what happens next.
Association is not causation; it comes as no surprise that those disposed to ignore anti-pot laws (as exist at the federal level and in all but a few states) are also disposed to ignore anti-violence laws.
Yeah! The politicians can hardly wait until a majority of the voting public is all doped up!!!!
Anything + psychotics = bad outcomes
This article is pure WoD garbage.
Yes, I think it should be legalized.
Source of the article is the WSJ, which is a mouthpiece for big pharma. They don’t want it legalized because it would interfere with their business plan, which is more pills.
It’s been known for decades that marijuana has psychotic effects. Users tend to resent and ignore any hint of negative side effects, however, as though they have some psychological denial of their own.
I definitely don’t think pregnant women should smoke it.
A lot do, for whatever silly reasons, and I think there’s a reasonable connection between this and the increase in autism.
Makes more sense to me than the silly vaccination hypothesis.
Over the past fifty years illegal drug use ( marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opioids and barbiturates) have reached epidemic levels especially among young people. That includes women of child bearing age who continue to party in the early stages of pregnancy and even throughout. No mammalian fetal neurological system was ever designed to deal with such toxicity. Is it any surprise that it is now estimated that 1 out of 40 newborns are born impaired?
Funny, then, that legalization has come mostly through voter referendum.
And they'd have to wait a long time - the addictive drug alcohol is legal but far less than half the public are alcoholics.
Everything in moderation.
Alcohol is extremely bad for you if you drink too much- we know that for a fact.
It’s the same for weed. A little bit has benefits, too much causes serious problems.
And I know because I had been an extremely heavy weed smoke- once I quit my brain started working again.
I ONLY use it very occasionally now, and mostly for medicinal purposes. It overcomes nausea, ad akes your hair stop falling out, and relaxes you and makes you more creative.
Too much makes you a paranoid schizo
I’ve had hired people on that krap and they were worthless.
The only thing I’m paranoid about is my own damn government. I’ve known weed smokers who have been at it for almost 30 years... engineers, bankers, defense workers, and most certainly software developers.... More refer madness in a world full of terrorists and illegal murderers is just more distraction for the frightened fools. In 2020, the Dems will run on legal weed and student loan forgiveness and they’ll most probably win. Meanwhile the GOP will sit around with their thumbs up their butts afraid to cross the out of touch drug warriors.
No. One of my best friends in high-school was destroyed by it, and my son, years later in California, had a friend who became “perma-stoned.” I also had a lot of friends who lost a lot of time to it...because it was considered “harmless” and there were, in fact, no penalties for using it. Maybe selling, but still cool to use...and in fact, I knew people in the 80s in CA who were feeding it to their children in cookies. They thought it was “healthy.”
It’s not healthy, especially for adolescents, but social approval by the left has promoted it. We wouldn’t approve this use for alcohol, so why approve it for a substance which is quite possibly more dangerous?
Also, a family member who is a LEO in a state that legalized pot a few years ago said that in 100% of the fatal automobile accidents, there was marijuana in the blood of one of the drivers involved. It’s only fairly recently that they’ve developed a fast field test for marijuana use, but again, that’s because pot use is so PC that nobody has dared to go there and challenge the narrative.
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