SOURCE: Vision Media Productions

August 22, 2007 14:53 ET

Life and Health Issues: Have We Been Smoked About Marijuana?

According to a Vision.org Article, Ethics and Morals in Society on Health Care Issues Can Be Influenced by Scientific Research

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - August 22, 2007) - Vision Media's recent life and health related article by Alice Abler entitled, "Marijuana: Docile Drug or Wicked Weed?" addresses the fact that marijuana, also known as Cannabis sativa, may not be the docile drug it was once thought to be. Used for both medicinal and recreational purposes for thousands of years, recent research points towards the fact that whether we smoke, ingest, inhale or take it subcutaneously, if the effects of recreational cannabis use don't kill you, they could truly blow your mind.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse lifetime marijuana abuse decreased among 10th-graders, from 34.1 percent in 2005 to 31.8 percent in 2006. Past year prevalence of marijuana abuse fell by 36 percent among 8th-graders since their peak year of abuse (1996) and by 28 percent among 10th-graders and 18 percent among 12th-graders since their peak year of abuse (1997).

Abler points out that social issues and moral values surrounding marijuana use have long been controversial, with many folks encouraging legalization of cannabis use. The same publication wrote another article in the July 28, 2007 issue warning our youth: "Using cannabis could increase the risk of developing a psychotic illness later on in life by more than 40 percent."

The author also notes that there are other studies showing that the cardiovascular effects include increased heart rate and changed blood pressure with a higher risk of heart attacks, in addition to risks of developing chronic bronchitis, emphysema and other disorders later in life.

Marijuana smokers typically inhale more deeply and hold the smoke in the lungs longer than tobacco smokers. The logical conclusion is that marijuana smoking is even more deadly than smoking tobacco.

Whether smoked, ingested, inhaled or taken subcutaneously, current scientific research would suggest that cannabis is not the docile drug it was once thought to be -- something even die-hard cannabis users within our society and culture might want to reconsider when thinking about life and health issues.

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