People with Cannabis Dependence Suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder…….
The information offered up by pro-cannabis promoters is that the DRUG is harmless and presents no social risks. On the contrary, cannabis is not a safe drug.
Aside from many other more well known problems, new reports from the medical community are now telling us that users of cannabis (marijuana and hashish and the edible products) may suffer from permanent psychological disorders.
Unlike those persons who lobby for the legalization of this drug and either produce reports from “sketchy” sources to support their arguments, I tend to pay attention to sources that have no particular bias in the pro-legalization or anti-legalization arena. One such report recently appeared in PMC, a full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
This report reveals that cannabis use leads to undesirable effects: cognitive impairment, anxiety, paranoia, and increased risks of developing chronic psychosis or drug addiction. Recent studies have suggested a possible protective effect of another cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD).
Quoting from PMC’s recent report, “Cannabis sativa contains more than 80 different cannabinoids, of which THC is principally responsible for the pharmacological actions, including the psychoactive effects. THC binds to specific proteins in the brain – the cannabinoid receptors (CB-Rs). Two different receptors have been discovered: the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1-R is mainly found in the central nervous system (CNS); CB2-R is predominantly present in the immune system. Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring substances that attach to these receptors”.
The common myth at play by those supporting full legalization of this very dangerous drug are that claim that the drug is benign and is simply a harmless recreational product that presents no risks and, therefore should never have been illegal. Pro-Cannabis supporters have long alleged that the “product” is not a “drug” and that its users take cannabis for its fear-inhibiting effects.
The PMC Report goes on to state that the severity of such psychological disorders is related to the potency of cannabis used for recreational purposes as well as by those relying on the drug for “medicinal” purposes. On this site, I have produced several other articles in which the need for large scale (and costly) on-going government testing are discussed. Such on-going government laboratory testing is discussed at length and I shall not repeat them here.
Be assured that IF society turns a blind eye and simply permits a highly financially motivated lobby to sneak this drug into the market, the on-going financial costs to the taxpayer will outstrip any tax attached to the drug. Similarly, any tax added to the drug will render its price more expensive to drug users and will ONLY serve to promote black market sales of the drug to potential buyers. Once the genie is out of the bottle, authorities will be left with no viable tools with which to protect society. Those promoting the legalization of this drug recognize the profitability of their venture and will be leaving taxpayers to bear the costs of coping with the drug’s problems.
Public silence and lack of push-back is making the legalization process easier than it should be and when asked to cast a vote for or against legalizing this dangerous drug, people need to make themselves much more informed. Think of it this way: who shall you blame when an automobile driver, impaired on cannabis kills or injures someone that you know because they should not be driving and because taxpayers have yet to equip ALL police cruisers with expensive saliva testing gear similar to the current breathalyzer gear? Who shall we seek answers from when a user of this drug, acting in an anti-social manner commits an act of violence resulting from his/her drug induced panic disorder or paranoia?
To make matters worse, the PMC report also adds that the range of reaction resulting in permanent damage to the brain is worse when the drug is used by youth.
Don’t allow this drug to become legal and, in fact, DEMAND that it be placed onto the list of “Narcotic Substances” and that cannabis used for medicinal purposes be strictly controlled and its users regularly monitored by medical doctors.