Marijuana and Anxiety

Do you want your children to be anxious and depressed?

Marijuana is touted as a panacea.  Good for everything.  “If you are anxious, smoke a joint.”  The logic is beyond me but some believe dope would help with depression.

I’ve listed several websites below with data on how magnesium helps alleviate anxiety.  And depression.  One of the issues with marijuana is that it depletes magnesium in the body.*  So, if you are smoking pot or taking THC in some other manner or fashion, then you are, in the long run going to make it worse.

If you are worried about your child being anxious and the possibility of them doing drugs as a solution, read at least some of the articles referenced below.

The side effects of pot, particularly the long term effects, are kept out of the limelight as there is presently a huge marketing engine heavily pushing the benefits of this drug in the USA and Canada.  The result for the Canadian Government if marijuana gets legalized will be billions of dollars in tax revenue per year.  (Who gives a fuck about the kids.)

Anyone that already does dope on a regular or semi regular basis is not interested in this information.  I’ve talked to many and they really don’t see what is obvious to most people around them.  (The ones that don’t do drugs, anyway.)

From the website Psychology Today:

“…Since magnesium is such an important mineral to the brain as a part of almost every part of the stress response, recovery, and repair, it seems self-evident to study magnesium as how it relates to brain function and common stress-related ailments such as clinical depression….”

What dosage of magnesium should I take?

This from LiveStrong.com

“…According to review published in “Medical Hypotheses” in 2006 and 2010, magnesium deficiency is a major cause of depression…”

And if you want a really technical argument for the use of magnesium for depression and anxiety try NCIB (US National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health) 

“…where these symptoms severely disrupt and adversely affect the person’s life, sometimes to such an extent that suicide is attempted or results. Antidepressant drugs are not always effective and some have been accused of causing an increased number of suicides particularly in young people. Magnesium deficiency is well known to produce neuropathologies. Only 16% of the magnesium found in whole wheat remains in refined flour, and magnesium has been removed from most drinking water supplies, setting a stage for human magnesium deficiency. Magnesium ions regulate calcium ion flow in neuronal calcium channels, helping to regulate neuronal nitric oxide production. In magnesium deficiency, neuronal requirements for magnesium may not be met, causing neuronal damage which could manifest as depression….”

* Here is a website with some information about drugs depleting magnesium: https://drcarolyndean.com/2013/01/drugs-deplete-magnesium/

Marijuana in Colorado: A Mistake?

Here is an article from last Fall: Colorado Springs Gazette Opinion Tuesday, November 14, 2017

“Five years of Big Marijuana ushered in a doubling in the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes who tested positive for marijuana, based on research by the pro-legalization Denver Post.”

See more here The Oklahoman

Vancouver: City On Drugs

It is no secret to my friends and most of my acquaintances that I really don’t like drugs and the extensive use of them in our society.  I just don’t like what drugs do to people.  

I spent the last few weeks working at a fair in Vancouver Canada.  It was scary the number/percentage of people that were just spaced.  Attention spans of twenty seconds or so.  So many were really unable to listen to what I was saying.  I’ve been doing this for a long, long time and know how to keep people’s attention (most of the time)!

It is very easy to put this off to the fact that people are just too busy and in too much of a hurry – more so each year – my observations belie this.

I mentioned this phenomenon to some other vendors at the PNE and to some regular customers.  I received a couple of interesting comments. One person thought that these particular types were on some prescribed pharmaceuticals.  Another person observed that it was far too easy to access pot now.  Especially in Vancouver.  Either way, most agreed that their was a definite decline in peoples attention and awareness.

And here is another observation I’ve made.  I speak my feelings about marijuana to a LOT of people.  People that do not smoke it – whether they did in the past or never did – generally agree with me that progressively harmful effects can be seen in those that do smoke it.

Those that do smoke pot on a regular or semi regular basis – there is like a switch that goes off.  It is really weird but the idea of the harmlessness of marijuana is so consistent in anyone that I’ve spoken to that does pot I had to look at what I was like back in the 60s when I tried it.

For me and many of my friends, it was experimentation.  I tried it for a while.  While I was doing it I was completely convinced that there was no harm in it and it actually helped me.  A bit later, I was away from my friends that smoked it for some time and it wasn’t readily available.  As a result, I just didn’t do it for some months.  (Wasn’t that big of a deal.)  It was then that I realized that I much preferred not to be stoned.  Fog lifted and I was much more clear headed and alert.

Pretty much one for one, when I watch people that smoke pot regularly over a year or more, I can see a lessening of communication, a lessening of patience.  Some get down right paranoid!

 

I’ve had friends/acquaintances that even when offered some information that disagreed with their view on marijuana, refused to even look at it.  There is a ton of information on the harmful effects of pot but there is that ‘switch’ – so anybody that actually does it on any kind of regular basis just won’t look.

Then there is the comparison to alcohol. The ‘catchy’ phrase of people arguing for pot: “Well, no one has ever died from pot!”  Oh, really?  My friend Pat had a nephew that smoked pot. He had asthma.  He was stoned and was having trouble breathing due to his asthma.  According to friends(also stoned at the time) he was so apathetic from being stoned, that he just didn’t care and died.  This is pretty tragic.

Do your research.  This is not an individual instance of death as a result of this drug.

I friend of mine – a bartender in Red Deer, Alberta.  He smokes pot.  Fairly regularly.  We were discussing the subject and he knows my views about dope.  I mentioned the fact of pot creating a lack of drive in most people that I meet.  He told me that is something that he really has a problem with in life – the lack of drive.  It is a real issue for him.  But because he smokes dope, he really can’t/won’t do anything about it.

I mean, really, the term ‘dope’ wasn’t coined for no reason.

I know a number of people in Vancouver that are heavily promoting and supporting the legalization of marijuana in Canada.  The number of people that have trouble with extensive use (or any use for that matter) is not very difficult if you look.  Makes me think these folks are kinda selfish in their goals.