• sttyca

New post settings

While guma_kawuso works on writing rules and regulations, I have changed the settings on the journal to where anyone can post, but one of the moderators must approve it to make sure it doesn't violate the rules or interests of the community. If something is questionable, but not in blatant violation, then it will be posted, pending reaction from members. If the members wish it removed, then it will be... but they must give good reason for such a request, as to have a post removed. If you have any issues with this, or suggestions, please comment, but be civil.
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  • vamour

Yet more evidence.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20070726/thl-uk-marijuana-pyschosis-b2e59e8.html

Smoking marijuana ups risk of schizophrenia

LONDON (Reuters) - Using marijuana increases the risk of one day developing a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia, according to a study that provides some of the strongest evidence yet linking the drug to a mental disorder.

Marijuana is one the most commonly used illegal substances in many countries with up to 20 percent of young people in places like Britain reporting either some use or heavy use, researchers said, citing government statistics.

Many consider it on par with alcohol or tobacco but the results shows marijuana poses a danger many smokers underestimate, said Stanley Zammit, a psychiatrist at Cardiff University and the University of Bristol, who worked on the study.

The researchers found that marijuana users had a 41 percent increased chance of developing psychosis marked by symptoms of hallucinations or delusions later in life than those who never used the drug. The risk rose with heavier consumption.

"If you compare other substances like alcohol or tobacco it may not be as harmful, but what we are saying is neither is it completely safe," Zammit said in a telephone interview.

Other findings have highlighted the link between marijuana use and the risk of schizophrenia-like symptoms such as paranoia, hearing voices and seeing things that are not there.

But this study marks one of the most comprehensive, thorough and reliable reviews of its kind and should serve as a warning, two Danish researchers wrote in an accompanying comment in the Lancet medical journal, which published the study on Friday.

EVIDENCE

They said the results mean an estimated 800 cases of schizophrenia in the United Kingdom could be prevented each year by ending marijuana consumption.

"We therefore agree with the authors' conclusion that there is now sufficient evidence to warn young people that cannabis use will increase their risk of psychosis later in life," they wrote.

The team did not look directly at people who used marijuana but instead conducted what is called a meta-analysis by reviewing 35 studies in search of a potential connection between psychotic illness and using marijuana.

They reviewed evidence from studies ranging from one year to 27 years and only looked at research that did not include people already showing signs of psychotic illness.

The researchers also adjusted for factors -- like depression or a susceptibility to harder drugs -- that could one day lead to a mental disorder to focus more directly on the links between marijuana and psychosis, Zammit said.

"We have described a consistent association between cannabis use and psychotic symptoms, including disabling psychotic disorders," the team wrote.

But both Zammit and the Danish researchers said ultimate proof to show a direct relationship would be have to come through a randomized trial of healthy young people and long-term follow-up.

Such a study, however, is unlikely given marijuana is illegal in most countries and the ethical questions given the drug's known harmful effects, they said.
  • vamour

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Hey friends.

We've been getting some angry trolls on the community over the last day or so. I've done my best to clear it up so that none of us are put out by this type of attack, however.

I understand that this is a rather emotive subject. People LIKE getting stoned, so when someone stands up and tells them the truth about how bad it is for them and the rest of us, it's understandable that they'd lash out. This is, however, NO excuse for such behavior. Any and all threatening behavior towards this community and its members will be reported.

For the duration, though, I've edited the settings for the group. For the duration, only members can post or comment. Membership is still open for all those interested, but it is moderated. Email me directly to be added.

We made this community to be a safe and friendly place for all, and it's worth keeping like that.

Have a lovely week all, take care.
  • vamour

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After someone on my own friends list posted an entry bragging about having tried pot for the first time, punctuated by saying "I may try other illicit narcotics in the future" (and they say it isn't a gateway drug), I began to start thinking a little more about our own little group here.

I've not been doing enough to bring in new people and let people know that we're here for them. So, for that reason, here's a banner. Everyone can, if you want, wear it on your info page, with pride.

Copy without spaces - < a href= " http://community.livejournal.com/dopeless_furs/profile " >< img src= " http://pics.livejournal.com/vamour/pic/000315tx " >< / a>

Enjoy!
  • vamour

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http://uk.news.yahoo.com/20032007/140/cannabis-addict-murdered-friends.html

"A consultant psychiatrist told that court that Palmer, who started to take cannabis when he was just 14, had shown signs of schitzophrenia. He had been in the grip of a developing mental illness fuelled by heavy cannabis use."

There's been numerous reports and pieces of scientific evidence which clearly shows that prolonged and heavy use of cannabis causes mental problems.

Users frequently claim that it is far less harmful than other legal drugs. Yet again, it has been shown that this is not the case.
  • sttyca

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Well, I can't say I've never tried drugs (tried pot & coke, due to peer pressure when I was 16, and smoked cigarettes from when I was 12 till about 2 weeks ago), but I can honestly say that, with the exception of the ever so occasional social drink, and any prescription meds I might get when I'm sick, I am 100% drug free, and I love it.

I'm 22, and live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I recently quit smoking, and I feel sooooooo much better. Some drugs are bad for you... that's why they're illegal or age-restricted, the only drugs that should be taken are the ones that are made specifically to help you get better if you get hurt or sick. I'll admit I drink occasionally, and I know it's bad for you, but I don't binge, and I don't do it more than maybe 2 or 3 times a month. Anyway, I'll let you get back to whatever you were doing when you stopped to read this post.

Great job on making the community, Mars.
  • vamour

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One of the most frequently used arguments in favour of dope as a recreational drug is the often-used comparison to other recreational narcotics currently legal on the market, namely cigarettes and alcohol. "It's no worse than those ones", the argument will cry.

But how much of that is really true?

It's a common argument, and one that is based on an inherant ignorance of the actual chemicals taking part. The primary ingredient in pot is THC, a mild form of the psychoactive drug LSD. When smoked, pot deposits five times the amount of tar into the human lung that ciggerettes do. If smoked through a bong the chance of inciting pleurasy or bronchial spasm is multiplied greatly. This causes a natural increase in the risk of lung and respiratory difficulties.

The biggest problem (in my opinion, anyway) is the psychological damage that it poses for the user. Unlike tobacco and alcohol, THC doesn't become physically addictive - it instead creates a psychological addiction. This is partly due to the damage that it deals on the user's mood and brain functions. Regular users describe a sense of disassociation with self, increased levels of paranoia and so forth.

Due to the psychological effects, dope is far more potent and more damaging to young users, of whom it is estimated that around 80% of the users are. Surveys have placed the figure of teenagers who smoke pot frequently at around 70%, which is utterly ironic given that they are precisely the group to whom it deals the most psychological damage.

# It affects the short term memory, increases heart rate and blood pressure, can cause lung cancer and respiratory problems.
# It lowers sperm counts in men, suppress ovulation in women and can be a trigger for schizophrenia and various forms of psychosis.
# A study conducted in January 2004 said that 74 per cent of people who smoke cannabis admitted to getting in their cars after using the drug, despite 70 per cent saying they did not think they were fit to drive after using it.
# Cannabis use before and after sex was reported by 84 per cent of people, with 10 per cent saying they were less likely to use a condom if they had been smoking dope.
# And 40 per cent of cannabis users said they had tried illegal drugs, mainly cocaine and ecstasy.

And yet they still think it doesn't do them any harm. Yeah....

Well essentially this disproves that it is 'less' harmful than smoking and alcohol.

However, the crux of the argument, though, is the statement that "Yeah it's bad, but so is such-and-such", which is an innately flawed argument. The real problem lies within the comparison in the first place.

The argument is what is commonly referred to as a 'straw man' argument. Wikipedia clarifies: "A straw man argument is a logical fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent's position. To "set up a straw man" or "set up a straw-man argument" is to create a position that is easy to refute, then attribute that position to the opponent. A straw-man argument can be a successful rhetorical technique (that is, it may succeed in persuading people) but it is in fact a misleading fallacy, because the opponent's actual argument has not been refuted."

Ultimately, the argument holds no water, both on level of facts and as a debating technique. In essence, it misleads the argument onto the subject of alcohol and tobacco, rather than facing the evidence that pot is just really bloody awful for your health and mental wellbeing.

So next time someone opts to defend pot with that same old argument, now you know just how to respond.

~Marsten

Edit: We've had a LOT of trolls recently, most of which I've been able to successfully either ban, or clean up from. Unfortunately, they've also been spamming other communities and members journals.

One such individual demanded that I retract previous statements concerning similarities between marijuana and LSD. For this reason, I've taken the liberty of retrieving two essays on the subject. Each of these two essays explain, in clear and simple terms, the effect that first marijuana, and then hallucinogenic toxins like LSD, have on the human brain. Each essay's web page lists its own sources, should you wish to explore further.

This essay explores the effects of marijuana on the brain.

This one deals with the effects of hallucinogenics.

Hopefully this will clarify and explain any further points that were not sufficiently explained previously.

What a great idea!

I saw this community's debut in istences' journal, and I added it in the same minute. :)

As far as intros go, I'm a 26 year old software project manager in Oklahoma City. Working on my MBA, as if double BBA'ing didn't burn me out enough. ;) I have always been tobacco and drug free, and to some small degree I'm sure growing up with my father running a drug detox facility contributed somewhat to setting up my perspective on that. I don't hate on people who choose not to stay clean, but I do choose to only hang around people who make that decision. I think a community promoting a positive, drug-free lifestyle is not only welcome (and overdue) in this fandom, it's something I'd be happy to be a part of.

So, cheers!
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Adding my support

For those who aren't familiar with the real me, I'm a 25 year-old graduate student in biology about to earn a Master's degree. I'm currently: ready to complete my research after months of work, preparing to analyze and present said research, outlining the second half of my thesis and frantically tossing out my vitae to prospective employers (while keeping my options open to keep going on with my education).

I would not want to picture my life with drugs now more than ever. How fortunate that I've always been pot and tobacco-free.

I've ranted on about the futility of illegal drug use in my journal, but being in this community should now be the first and last statement I should have to make on the subject. Hopefully we can provide some positive reinforcement to those in the fandom that are physically and mentally struggling with addiction, and do what we can to slow that cycle of negative reinforcement (drug users encouraging other drug users) to show others that may be interested in our subculture that it isn't one all-inclusive stereotype.

Again, great idea vamour *hugs*! -^^-
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  • vamour

And people still call it 'harmless'...

Arrest over pot smoking tots

Tuesday March 6, 11:30 AM


Two teenagers have been arrested in Watauga, Texas, after police found a video of them teaching two toddlers how to smoke cannabis.

The film shows a man placing a marijuana cigarette into a two-year-old's mouth and calling him and a five-year-old boy seen smoking on his own, "potheads".

The video tape was discovered when Fort Worth police launched an investigation into Demetris McCoy, 17, and Vanswan Polty, 18, in connection with a burglary.

The little boys were also asked if they "have the munchies".

Watauga Police Chief, Bruce Ure, said he had never come across a similar situation in his career. "Twenty-six years in the business I've never seen anything quite like this at all," he said.

Both men have been arrested on felony charges of injury to a child and were held in jail.

The children have been placed in foster care, child protective services said.

McCoy's grandmother, Shirley Russell said she was disappointed by her grandson's behaviour but that he had learned from his mistake. She said: "I think really it has taught him a lesson, a very big lesson."