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Old 06-09-2010, 09:15 PM
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No. Really. Even candies produce caries.

What's sure is that to make you feel better, cannabis affects your brain connections in some way. Now I wonder if it does make you feel better with no consequences, or if it rather damages the brain.

Ah, and this is what I mean with contradictory information: Pro-Cannabis and Anti-Cannabis sides.
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From my observation and study on the topic, I don't find cannabis to be bad enough to warrant the current laws against it. It is not addictive the way cigarettes are addictive (people may develop psychological addictions to cannabis, as they may to other substances like caffeine) and you don't have the danger of overdosing that you have with excess alcohol consumption.

I say legalize it and regulate its use as we do with cigarettes and alcohol. This would also add the benefit of largely eliminating the black market that accompanies the current legal state of cannabis.
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From my observation and study on the topic, I don't find cannabis to be bad enough to warrant the current laws against it. It is not addictive the way cigarettes are addictive (people may develop psychological addictions to cannabis, as they may to other substances like caffeine) and you don't have the danger of overdosing that you have with excess alcohol consumption.

I say legalize it and regulate its use as we do with cigarettes and alcohol. This would also add the benefit of largely eliminating the black market that accompanies the current legal state of cannabis.
The people of California will be voting on full legalization and regulation in the coming months. We already made it legal in California for medical use the same way. Just think, if Californian's vote over 50% for legalization, it will be legal for adults over 21 to smoke. The law for wed will be similar to that of Alcohol. The US government would be powerless to stop California from doing this.
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What's sure is that to make you feel better, cannabis affects your brain connections in some way. Now I wonder if it does make you feel better with no consequences, or if it rather damages the brain.
I recall hearing somewhere that it acts like that because it does something with either blood pressure or amount of oxygen in the blood or both. If you ever tried breathing very deeply as if you just sprinted 100 m, but without any physical activity, you might get a bit 'high'.
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I recall hearing somewhere that it acts like that because it does something with either blood pressure or amount of oxygen in the blood or both. If you ever tried breathing very deeply as if you just sprinted 100 m, but without any physical activity, you might get a bit 'high'.
But what I mean is that Cannabis, in spite of being less harmful than tobacco or alcohol, is not completely harmless.

Now, on the what it exactly does, I've got no idea. I'd like to have a neutral view on this, but unfortunately you've seen both sides seem to "dramatize" the effects the plant has when smoked.

But "brain cancer is a side effect of Cannabis", they're not saying that just because.
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The thing is I don't think brain cancer is particularly common, yet lots more people than you think partake in taking it.
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The people of California will be voting on full legalization and regulation in the coming months. We already made it legal in California for medical use the same way. Just think, if Californian's vote over 50% for legalization, it will be legal for adults over 21 to smoke. The law for wed will be similar to that of Alcohol. The US government would be powerless to stop California from doing this.
In states such as California, the state will not prosecute marijuana use that does not violate state law; however, to my knowledge, the use of marijuana is still a federal offense and you can be prosecuted under federal law.
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It's great, and really, far less dangerous than legal substances. There's no reason to keep it illegal, ironically governments actually ignore a large source of potential income by doing so compared to the money they could make if it was legal, regulated and taxed, which would result in lower prices, guaranteed supply and quality, and better availability. The only people who would lose out are the people who currently profit off production and sales, who could easily perform it legally if they wanted to if it was legalised.
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I'd love to see all behaviour altering substances (plus tobacco) made illegal. There's something very wrong about all of it.
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In states such as California, the state will not prosecute marijuana use that does not violate state law; however, to my knowledge, the use of marijuana is still a federal offense and you can be prosecuted under federal law.
But you fail to see that the US government doesn't even have the resources to prosecute any Californians right now. If and when it becomes legal there is nothing the federal government can do
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Most people mix cannabis with tobacco and I'm sure that would create more lung problems than if you just smoked Cannabis by itself..Unfortunately many find it to be too strong by itself. I think that Cannabis is in comparison safer than tobacco and not nearly as addictive..You never see programs designed to wean people off Cannabis..
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*giggles* Andi
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:55 AM
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So have the best of us Andi...It sounds better than recreational use anyway..
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:00 AM
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I completely understand Andi.
However if you wanted you can do all that without using substances..but it would take a lot of effort and time..
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It's good to see that most people here aren't too biased with regards of cannabis. It's hard to get any correct information as lots of it is part of the propaganda machine.

Here's a quote from a website stating scientific facts about cannabis (scientificfactsofpot.com) -

"In the stoner stereotype, pot smokers and dying brain cells go hand in hand. However, new research suggests the situation may be more uplifting than that. A drug that functions as concentrated marijuana does spur neurogenesis, the process by which the brain gives birth to new nerve cells. This very process is also responsible for aleviating anxiety and depression."

"The current debate over medical marijuana hinges on its use as pain medication. But an extract of the plant could one day form the basis of cancer treatments. New findings indicate that Cannabis extracts can shrink brain tumors by blocking the growth of blood vessels that nourish them"

"Although we prefer to vaporize marijuana to get a cleaner hit as well as for the conservation of pot, some people enjoy smoking it out of pipes or rolling joints. The smoke from burning marijuana leaves contains several known carcinogens and the tar it creates contains 50 percent more of some of the chemicals linked to lung cancer than tobacco smoke. A marijuana cigarette also deposits four times as much of that tar as an equivalent tobacco one. Scientists were therefore surprised to learn that a study of more than 2,000 people found no increase in the risk of developing lung cancer for marijuana smokers."

All these statements link to websites of reputable status, so they are not blindly making comments. Hope everyone doesn't mind all the quotes above!
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