Thursday, August 2, 2012

Medical use of weed - the myths and truths of addiction.

Lets face the facts, people from all ages, groups, nationalities and cultures consume weed for many reasons.

However, it is disturbing to see a 14 year old or a pregnant lady smoking weed even for a weed addict. Why?
Because they know, that the child or lady don't seem to recognize the implications of smoking weed.

Some of the people I know have started or been introduced to Ganja (weed) when they were Children or a young teen. They thought to try it, because they know their brother or sister ( or their parents) smokes weed or they have seen it on TV or films and thought it was funny and an awesome experience.  Most of the addicts I know have started their abuse due to peer pressure and friends. Lets face it, you wouldn't try something out if you didnt see somebody else using it or a person introducing it to you. Its the same feeling like buying something after seeing and advertisement right?
Weed ( Marijuana, Pot, Ganja, Mary J or Cannabis), we all know is a plant. We also know weed is used for medicines for its bound chemicals. It is widely used for HIV and Cancer patients or people who have met with an accident and have injuries as a painkiller. What people don't know is that its the last straw a doctor decides to prescribe Marijuana when all other pain relievers fail. Doctors also use weed for patients with serious mental disorders. Now what weed users tell you is that marijuana is medically used for its healing powers, and will also tell you that its god given medicine. I have read many comments in my research, people who defend the use is Cannabis, states its the way you take it, you should vaporize it, or eat it or its the cigarette paper that harms the lungs etc etc... What they don't realize is that in medicine Marijuana is used to relieve patients of pain so they gain appetite, relieve nausea of other treatments and as I said kill pain. It doesn't heal or cure any medical condition mentioned above.

Weed is used also to treat glaucoma, Alzheimers, stomach and intestine problems, tremors, seizures and epilepsy etc. and the use of good chemicals in weed are researched in many ways to treat a vast spectrum of illnesses and conditions.
There is no record or proof that primary use of Cannabis has resulted in any deaths.

Why is Marijuana so effective and prescribed by doctors?
Cannabis Plant is used in medicine, because of its chemicals. There are around 500 different compounds in weed. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the most prevalent chemical in the plant.  THC has been found to have antioxidant activity and believed to interact with parts of the brain normally controlled by the endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter, anandamide which play a role in pain sensation, memory, and sleep.

THC if taken in large quantity, will get dumped around the Dopamine receptor which basically controls the rewards system of the brain. Nearly all drugs, directly or indirectly, target the brain's reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter (or communication agent) present in regions of the brain that control movement, emotion, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. The over-stimulation of this system, which normally responds to natural behaviors that are linked to survival (eating, spending time with loved ones, etc.), produces euphoric effects in response to the drugs. This is the time that users feel relaxed and happy and this reaction sets in motion a pattern that "teaches" people to repeat the behavior of abusing drugs.

As a person continues to abuse drugs, the brain adapts to the overwhelming surges in dopamine by producing less dopamine or by reducing the number of dopamine receptors in the reward circuit. As a result, dopamine's impact on the reward circuit is lessened, reducing the abuser's ability to enjoy the drugs and the things that previously brought pleasure. This decrease compels those addicted to drugs to keep abusing drugs in order to attempt to bring their dopamine function back to normal. And, they may now require larger amounts of the drug than they first did to achieve the dopamine high-an effect known as tolerance.

Long-term abuse causes changes in other brain chemical systems and circuits as well. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that influences the reward circuit and the ability to learn. When the optimal concentration of glutamate is altered by drug abuse, the brain attempts to compensate, which can impair cognitive function. Drugs of abuse facilitate non-conscious learning, which leads the user to experience uncontrollable cravings when they see a place or person they associate with the drug experience, even when the drug itself is not available. Brain imaging studies of drug-addicted individuals show changes in areas of the brain that are critical to judgment, decision making, learning and memory, and behavior control. Together, these changes can drive an abuser to seek out and take drugs compulsively despite adverse consequences-in other words, to become addicted to drugs. This is where you will do anything to find the money to purchase weed.
Therefore, it is possible for a person to be seen as normal even under the influence, provided he/she is not a long-term user due to the time it takes for the effects of marijuana to show externally. Plus, the sensations of the use weed also will vary from person to person. If you want to see a full list of signs a person is smoking pot read here.

Cannabis overdose also can cause paranoia and psychosis, produce sharp personality changes, Lung Damage, chronic bronchitis, lowering of testosterone, acute anxiety attacks, chronic reduction of attention span and possible birth defects, still births and infant death.

So when you say its not addictive, please realize its not the physical addiction but the mental addiction that will bring you down.

According to my experience, with drug abusers.
1 joint a day for 4 weeks will give you symptoms of overdose, and effect you internal organs permanently.
3 joints a week for 6 months will also give you the same.
1 joint a week is okay for some people who have a healthy life, but some people with respiratory issues tend to develop complications even so.

Once in a while of everything is always fine. But addiction is something that is always bad.

Quit Smoking Weed for your own good, and for those who love you the most. Remember, with the pollution levels going high, everyday you don't have to smoke anything to get lung cancer. however remember you using weed will not only harm you, your brothers sisters and your kids will observe you, and you might have a better resistance to the pollution now, and the new generation might not be so lucky.

So you quitting now, will not only help you, but others around you too...

Take action, don't get kicked around by people addicted to the same thing they are defending. take the decision and never go back..

As always if you need to quit smoking weed, you should plan it.
I would recommend always to follow a tried and tested program if you can enroll into one. or read my blog as I build it and make your own program.

The below programs give more details and methods you can use in your journey.

Read my other blog posts for more information and Good Luck!!
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