One of our clients is Dr. Anita Mary Pepi, DC, who puts out a regular health tips newsletter, with good advice about nutrition, health and so on. The newsletter I received today about health problems with regular marijuana use was an eye-opener. I haven’t used marijuana since about 1970 (fortunately some friends at the time rolled up their sleeves and helped to save me from addiction, for which I am still very grateful).
I had no idea that today’s marijuana can be expected to be up to 10 times stronger than the weed was “back in the day”. There’s a long list of health complaints to be expected from regular use of marijuana. Citing the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the main active chemical, THC,
“Regular chronic use may result in reproductive effects in males including decreased testicular size, testosterone levels, sperm count and motility, and abnormalities in sperm.” To say nothing of getting man-boobs.
“Females may experience a high frequency of abnormal periods, less ovulation and decreased prolactin levels.” (which means that the pituitary is degenerating and producing less of its hormone, prolactin.)
“Repeated ingestion may result in… “apathy, dullness, anxiety, panic, aggressiveness, disorientation, confusion, clouding of mental processes with impaired judgement and memory, loss of perspective, reduced motivation and acute insecurity.”
That last bit describes pretty accurately how I felt when using marijuana and hashish in 1970. I had quite a few panic attacks, and was acutely insecure.
I have some relatives now that are chronic pot-heads. “Dullness, disorientation, confusion, clouding of mental processes, reduced motivation” describes them pretty well. Couple that with aggressiveness and it’s not a pretty picture, although quite accurate.
My belief is that drugs like marijuana, even though harmful to people, should not be made illegal, because making them illegal creates the economic environment that makes it profitable to grow/manufacture and distribute them.
Which is not to say that drug testing of employees should be stopped; many jobs (airline pilots, bus drivers, police, judges, firemen, paramedics, doctors, nurses) should have regular drug testing as part of the requirements for employement. Which is a private matter between the employer and employee. But drug usage will drop off when drugs are legalized; or so I believe. Who in their right mind would be promoting drug usage, if there’s no monetary incentive for it?
If you could walk into any drug store and walk out with a cheap supply of heroin, cocaine, or crystal meth, the drug trade and narco-terrorists would have no monetary incentive to be importing their business to the USA.
I think we’d have to stop all drug advertising on TV and radio. Aren’t we all sick of ads for drugs, anyway? How else could big pharma make billions of dollars on drugs that they know are unsafe, don’t usually work, and actually make patients worse?
Should anti-drug laws be repealed? They’re moving down this road in The Netherlands; I’m curious how that will work out for them.
What’s your view about this?