More Cannabis Info…

Approaches to Prevention/Mitigation

–          Drug can be psychologically addictive, so it is not recommended to abuse the drug. If one becomes addicted they can be treated at a rehabilitation center.

–          Drug use is legal in some states for medicinal purposes and recreational, so laws differ from state to state, but possession of a certain amount of the drug may be illegal.

 

My Recommended Action

–          My recommended action is that a person uses this drug at their own caution. Cannabis has been around for years and it is just now getting researched for its many medicinal uses. The drug seems to be beneficial for its medicinal uses and could possibly one day be legalized nationally for it, which could benefit the economy. It is still hard to say what its long term effects are for a constant, recreational user, but it doesn’t look to be worse than that of cigarettes. if you would like to watch an interesting documentary on cannabis to get more informed then i recommend this one:

 

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

 

References

 

Ashton, C. H. (2001). British journal of psychiatry. Pharmacology and Effects of Cannabis: A Brief Review. 178, 101-106.

 

DEA. (2013). National drug threat assessment summary. Retrieved from http://www.justice.gov/dea/resource-center/DIR-017-13%20NDTA%20Summary%20final.pdf

 

ElSohly, M. A. (2007). Marijuana and the Cannabinoids. Totowa, New Jersey: Humana Press

 

Russo, E. B. (2007). History of cannabis and its preparation in saga, science, and sobriquest. Retreived from http://letfreedomgrow.org/cmu/Russo2007.pdf

Cannabis continued…

Pharmacology and Effects

Can be administered by smoking the drug and can also be consumed through foods and vapor.

-Perceptual changes occur such as colors seeming to be brighter, music more vivid, emotions more poignant and meaningful. Spatial perception is distorted and time perception is impaired. Hallucinations may occur on high doses.

-Similar effects as alcohol when it comes to psycho motor and cognitive performance.

-Effects on the mood can be decreased anxiety and depression. Also there is an increase in sociability.

Causes for Concern

Acute toxicity: Driving under the influence and lazy behavior.

-Chronic Toxicity: Respiratory problems such as bronchitis and emphysema. Also may experience short term memory loss.

-There is cause for concern with a psychological addiction.

Current Beneficial uses

-Cannabinoids(CBD): The most medicinal part of the cannabis plant. Can help calm seizures and treat glaucoma as well as other health problems. There are cannabis plants that just produce CBDs.

Overall Health impact Assessment

Cannabis is a drug that has been around forever and even though is does show signs of being able to help the sick it shouldn’t be made freely available to anybody. The drug also shows signs of addiction and behavioral problems as well as possible health defects. The drug could be decriminalized, but allowed to consume by people of the ages of 21 or older.

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Sources and Forms

Marijuana vs Hemp

-Marijuana is the psychoactive drug that is popular among people in today’s society. Marijuana contains THC, which is the psychoactive part of the plant, and CBD, which is the medicinal part of the plant. There are two different types of marijuana, which are sativa ad indica. Marijuana comes in many forms such as the plant itself, keef, hash, oil, and edibles.  Hemp is the fibers in the stem of the plant that can be used to make many resources, which can benefit the economy.

ElSohly, M. A. (2007). Marijuana and the Cannabinoids. Totowa, New Jersey: Humana Press

History of Drug

Rumors of it being used in Egypt for medicinal purposes. Cannabis has been around forever. It is even written about in the bible. Has been illegal in the U.S. for a long time until recently states are choosing to legalize it for medicinal purposes and some states even recreationally. Oldest known written record of cannabis usage was from Chinese Emperor Shen Nung.

Russo, E. B. (2007). History of cannabis and its preparation in saga, science, and sobriquest. Retreived from http://letfreedomgrow.org/cmu/Russo2007.pdf

Drug use/ misuse

– According to NSDUH survey data,the number of people reporting current (past month) marijuana use increased 21 percent from 2007 to 2011. In each of those years, the number of people reporting marijuana abuse was greater than for all other drugs combined.

– DAWN data show there was a 59 percent increase in marijuana-related emergency department visits between 2006 (290,565) and 2010 (461,028). Marijuana was second only to cocaine for illicit drug-related emergency department visits in 2010.

-According to Monitoring the Future (MTF) data, between 2008 and 2012 there was a steady decline in the percentage of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders who view trying marijuana once or twice, smoking marijuana occasionally, or smoking marijuana regularly as high-risk behavior. The most pronounced decline in viewing marijuana use as risky behavior occurred among 10th graders.

– Marijuana-related treatment admissions increased 14 percent between 2006 (310,155) and 2010 (353,271), according to TEDS data.

DEA. (2013). National drug threat assessment summary. Retrieved from http://www.justice.gov/dea/resource-center/DIR-017-13%20NDTA%20Summary%20final.pdf

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