Four Marijuana-related Deaths Reveal the Dangers of High Potency

Marijuana is a controversial subject any way you look at it. On one side, NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and other pro-marijuana groups claim that the drug is pretty harmless. On the other side, prevention groups describe its dangers. Some groups even say that the potency of marijuana hasn’t really increased all that much. Has it or hasn’t it? Below are a couple of charts that show this increase.     The first chart shows the average percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the primary intoxicating ingredient) of seized marijuana samples from the 1970s through 2008.

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Risks of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

Ten years ago, it would have been unthinkable: Pregnant women advising each other to smoke marijuana. But now, take a look at just about any pregnancy forum and you’ll find posts on this topic with strong opinions on each side. For some women, early pregnancy is a grueling time. They go through severe nausea and vomiting for several weeks. The world learned more about this problem as, in the UK, Princess Kate would disappear from view for days at a time during her early pregnancies. She was hospitalized multiple times to prevent damage to her baby due to her inability…

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Ten Signs You May Be Addicted to Marijuana

The evidence is quite clear now – yes, many people are becoming addicted to weed. It happens in greater numbers among those who start young, but it can happen to anyone. Once you’re addicted, the whole shape of your life begins to shift around to focus on the use of weed. You may not even realize you’ve become addicted. To find out, check your answers to these ten questions. 1. Have you abandoned activities you once enjoyed, such as sports, art, music, writing or traveling? Research has validated the fact that marijuana brings about mental changes that can negatively affect…

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Withdrawal Symptoms from Marijuana?

Some People Still Don’t Think They Exist Will marijuana cause withdrawal symptoms if a person quits using it, like other drugs do? There are many people who claim that there are no withdrawal symptoms and that the drug isn’t addictive. You may have heard these two claims repeated over and over again. However, both of these claims are false. There is plenty of documentation that marijuana is, indeed, addictive and that one does experience withdrawal symptoms after quitting use. Here’s why you may have heard both claims in the same breath, so to speak. The classic definition of addiction includes…

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Does the Increasing Potency of Marijuana Have any Connection to the Number of People Going to Rehab for Pot?

By now, most people know that marijuana has gotten far more potent over the last few decades. Here is a chart showing the average potency of marijuana between the mid-1990s and 2013. Between the 1970s and the 1990s, the potency rose from about 1.5% to 4% but then the growth really took off. By 2013, average potency was nearly 13%. These potency numbers are obtained by testing samples of drugs seized by law enforcement. Note that medical marijuana businesses promote much higher potencies for their products, of-ten in the 25% to 30% range. Those who feel that marijuana should be…

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Sensible Viewpoint on the Legalization of Marijuana or Other Drugs

If you follow the news about drug legalization as presented by the mainstream media, you are likely to be mightily confused. Well-paid spin doctors work overtime to fill major media, blogs, magazines, television and radio with pro-legalization messages. Messages of compassion are used to pluck the heartstrings of moms and dads – no one wants small children to suffer from seizures. Can cannabis really cure cancer? Is pot really harmless and non-addicting? Billboards, bus signs, professional speakers, bloggers, late night television show appearances, even cannabis cooking recipes infiltrate our personal worlds every day in any state where a vote is…

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Can You Die from Marijuana Use?

When marijuana is compared to other drugs, it’s often said that you can’t overdose on pot. It’s true that there are seldom direct deaths from using the drug. There’s a couple of men in Germany who died when cannabis triggered heart complications. A woman in the UK died from a cardiac arrest triggered by marijuana toxicity. A French study stated, “Practitioners should be aware that cannabis may be a potential triggering factor for cardiovascular complications in young people,” but it stopped short of saying that marijuana caused these deaths. So when marijuana deaths are listed, the cases above appear on…

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Another Study Shows the Damage Done by Marijuana

At this point, more than twenty states and the District of Columbia have approved the use of marijuana for medical use. While we may agree that there are a few medicinal benefits to cannabis, it is obvious that all the effects of this drug are not yet known. Some of these effects are likely to be damaging – perhaps creating lasting and even disabling damage. What is sad is that many people will use this drug without a true medical justification or they’ll use it recreationally and not be aware of the harmful side of the drug. This dual nature…

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Birth Defect Anencephaly May Be Associated with Marijuana Use

Washington State Investigates Increase of Disastrous Birth Defect – One Associated with Early Pregnancy Use of Marijuana This year, the news media has been reporting on the increase of a particular disastrous birth defect appearing in Washington State – anencephaly. This refers to babies born without a brain or with only part of a brain. In nearly every case, the baby dies within hours or is stillborn. According to these news reports, a nursing instructor noticed the increased incidence of anencephaly and reported it to state officials. Parents who had babies born with this defect have been questioned but doctors…

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UK Researcher Sets Record the Straight on Effects of Using Marijuana

In states where marijuana is up for legalization for either medical or recreational use, it can be very difficult to decipher the truth about this drug. Those in favor of increased use describe the harmless, even therapeutic nature of the drug. Those against tell a different tale. A new study from the UK shines a bright new light directly on the damage that results from use of this drug. The study was published by Dr. Wayne Hall of King’s College London, who has carried out this study over a twenty-year period. He reports that that this drug is, indeed, addictive…

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