The Weednesday Post

Here’s What Marijuana Does To You

Last week’s Weednesday Post generated several comments that took my side but the facts wrong. Specifically, a couple of commenters claimed “marijuana is harmless.” That’s not true.

While cannabis may be have fewer harmful effects than alcohol and tobacco, someone who abstains from all three will be healthier mentally and physically than the same person smoking pot.

On the other hand, a lot proponents of prohibition throw around bad science, too. The prohibition lobby has generated tons of false “facts” to manipulate the debate.

Luckily, Business Insider cataloged what we know about cannabis–good and bad. ┬áTake a look at this slide show. Here are the top positives and negatives of smoking weed.

NegativesPositives
It blocks memory formationMarijuana also makes us feel good
It can mess up your reward systemIt’s better for your lungs than tobacco
THC messes with your balanceIt may decrease anxiety
Cannabis use may increase the risk of depressionIt controls epileptic seizures
Intense anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic are common side effectsIt relieves arthritis discomfort
Marijuana users may experience psychosisMarijuana treats inflammatory bowel diseases
Audio and visual hallucinations are commonTHC slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease
It robs you of sleepA chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading
Inhaling marijuana causes your heart rate to increaseIt’s been shown to alleviate PTSD

Finally, decriminalized or not, cannabis is illegal in Missouri. I think that’s a really bad law, but it is the law. In fact, Missouri has the most draconian pot laws in the country. Growing, possessing, buying, selling, and smoking are all crimes. And suspicious activity–like an indoor garden–subject you and your family to SWAT raids and searches, even if you’ve never seen a pot plant.

 

Author: William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Persuasive design expertLatest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016)Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016)I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.

3 Comments on “Here’s What Marijuana Does To You

  1. I didn’t comment on the first article, but am very glad that you approached the subject. Here is a point that I don’t believe was mentioned in your article or in the comments. The states that have legalized pot are a part of the United States. Does the legalization in states, violate US obligations as signatories to the UN’s international drug control treaties? (I’ve read some good articles on reason.com and stopthedrugwar.org with regard to Bolivia’s coca leaf chewing population.) Please don’t assume that I agree with our involvement with the UN. (My opinion on that is that it should be more centrally located – anywhere but here.)

    I just find it amusing that when Missouri legislatures try to pass laws to protect us from an over-reaching Federal government – we hear screeches such as, “FEDERAL law trumps STATE law – you fools!” So, which is it?

    1. You’re beautifully foreshadowing a future post!

      Yes, the US law still lists cannabis as a substance more dangerous than cocaine or heroin. That US law derives from UN treaty on drugs. As a federalist, I appreciate Colorado and Washington pushing the issue to the limits. And we saw what happened–the federal government backed down.

      I’ll write more on the matter of UN dictates in the coming weeks.

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