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Cannabis Conundrum


Ed Sheeran Has Quit Smoking Marijuana January 15, 2019
Ed Sheeran has quit smoking marijuana because he prefers to be “alert”. The singer, who wrote song Sweet Mary Jane about his love of the drug in 2015, has now told reporters at The Daily Star that he has given up his smoking sessions as he found that the psychoactive substance clouded his creativity.
“I’ve stopped smoking weed,” he said. “I found myself just sitting at home watching films. I only ever create (when I’m) sober – I like to be alert. I find most ideas happen when you have a cup of tea. For me, anyway.”
Ed went on to explain that he has also decided to ditch alcohol until his live concerts are over.
For complete Story Ed Sheeran Quits Weed 
    One month of abstinence from cannabis improves memory in adolescents, young adults
  A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) study finds that one month of abstaining from cannabis use resulted in measurable improvement in memory functions important for learning among adolescents and young adults who are regular cannabis users. The study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry is one of the first to prospectively track over time changes in cognitive function associated with halting cannabis use. 
“Our findings provide two pieces of convincing evidence,” says Randi Schuster, PhD, director of Neuropsychology at the Center for Addiction Medicine in the MGH Department of Psychiatry, lead author of the paper. “The first is that adolescents learn better when they are not using cannabis. The second – which is the good news part of the story – is that at least some of the deficits associated with cannabis use are not permanent and actually improve pretty quickly after cannabis use stops.” 
For complete article https://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=2308
 
  Teens are trying marijuana before alcohol and tobacco
  Teens used to try alcohol first, then tobacco, and then marijuana. Now, marijuana is increasingly the first “gateway” substance for adolescents, according to new research.
“As we’ve seen the dramatic declines in alcohol and tobacco, we haven’t seen dramatic declines in marijuana, so now every year it’s more and more likely that kids are starting their drug-use careers with marijuana,” says Keyes. She adds that rates of teen drinking and smoking started to fall — thanks largely to widespread public health campaigns — long before the recent wave of pro-marijuana lobbying.
Most likely, this trend will continue as marijuana becomes less stigmatized and more and more states vote to legalize the drug. Though teens aren’t supposed to smoke marijuana even in the states that have fully legalized it, “it’s not going out on a huge limb to suggest that marijuana is going to be more available at a lower cost to adolescents,” says Keyes. “If you make a substance more available at a lower cost and easier to access, you’re gonna see increases.” After all, it’s also illegal for kids to drink or smoke, but many easily find both alcohol and cigarettes in their own homes.
Comment: Education and Legislation work to shift culture better than ‘education’ alone. Our emerging generation are the first in 120 years to grow up with the strong and uncompromising message that ‘tobacco is bad, but marijuana is medicine!’… No surprise as to how that ‘education’ is leading the generation, as this research further validates! Dalgarno Institute
https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/20/18104967/weed-drugs-public-health-teens-science-alcohol-tobacco
 
  Economic and Social Costs of Legalized Marijuana – Colorado
  Here are the important findings from this report: For every dollar gained in tax revenue, Coloradans spent approximately $4.50 to mitigate the effects of legalization The estimated costs of DUIs for people who tested positive for marijuana only in 2016 approaches $25 million The marijuana industry used enough electricity to power 32,355 homes in 2016 In 2016, the marijuana industry was responsible for approximately 393,053 pounds of CO2 emissions Marijuana packaging yielded over 18.78 million pieces of plastic

For complete report Centennial Institute   Cannabis: The case against legalisation Executive Summary
Cannabis can be both addictive and harmful.
Our understanding of the precise extent and nature of the health implications of recreational cannabis use is developing but, at this stage, there is a great deal of uncertainty. On the eve of the first legal retail sales of recreational cannabis in Canada, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an editorial which referred to legalisation as: a national, uncontrolled experiment in which the profits of cannabis producers and tax revenues are squarely pitched against the health of Canadians.1
The World Health Organisation recognises addiction rates of 1 in every 9 adults that uses cannabis. This rate of addiction is significantly higher in teenagers, the very age group most susceptible to its harmful effects.
For complete Report go to ‘Legalizing Cannabis could create up to 100,000 new Cannabis Addicts!

  Prenatal Exposure to Cannabis Affects the Developing Brain
  Children born to moms who smoked or ingested marijuana during pregnancy suffer higher rates of depression, hyperactivity, and inattention. Yet, Seventy percent of women in the United States believe that there is “slight or no risk of harm” in using can­nabis during pregnancy.
https://www.the-scientist.com/features/prenatal-exposure-to-cannabis-affects-the-developing-brain-65230?_ga=2.3906808.91193578.1546644881-379843917.1541679713


  A Population-Based Analysis of the Relationship Between Substance Use and Adolescent Cognitive Development
  Conclusions: Beyond the role of cognition in vulnerability to substance use, the concurrent and lasting effects of adolescent cannabis use can be observed on important cognitive functions and appear to be more pronounced than those observed for alcohol. https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.2018.18020202


  Cannabis withdrawal can be ‘highly disabling’
  Authorities are legalizing cannabis, particularly for medicinal use, in an increasing number of states. Many people stand by its alleged benefits, but new research warns that frequent use may lead to the “disabling” symptoms of cannabis withdrawal syndrome.
The researchers also note that cannabis withdrawal symptoms appeared to be linked with mental disability and a family history of depression.
Also, these symptoms were associated with a number of psychiatric disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders (social phobia, agoraphobia, and panic disorder), personality disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder
For complete article https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323425.php

  New study finds that marijuana can reprogram sperm genes December 20, 2018
We already know that cannabis lowers sperm count, but new research suggests that the drug actually causes genetic changes to the sperm itself — which might have implications for the health of a potential baby. For a study published today in the journal Epigenetics, scientists at Duke University.
Najari already counsels men who use marijuana regularly to cut back because of the effect on sperm count. “I think one of the important positive things about research like this is that it may further motivate men to change their health,” he adds. “It’s one thing to talk about sperm count, another when you’re talking about the potential health of the child.” For complete story http://va.newsrepublic.net/a/6636779833005179398?user_id=6551522476692897801&language=en&region=au&app_id=1239&impr_id=6637184283037419782&gid=6636779833005179398&c=sys

  Is marijuana as safe as we think? The New Yorker, January 14, 2019.  www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/14/is-marijuana-as-safe-as-we-think
A few years ago, the National Academy of Medicine convened a panel of sixteen leading medical experts to analyze the scientific literature on cannabis. The report they prepared, which came out in January of 2017, runs to four hundred and sixty-eight pages. It contains no bombshells or surprises, which perhaps explains why it went largely unnoticed. It simply stated, over and over again, that a drug North Americans have become enthusiastic about remains a mystery!