At 4/28/03 04:24 AM, Judge_DREDD wrote:
At 4/28/03 01:03 AM, PreacherJ wrote:
Specifically, what are the harmful effects of THC?
At 4/27/03 01:08 PM, Ted_Easton wrote:
When THC attaches to receptors in the hippocampus, it weakens short-term memory.National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website; "When THC attaches to receptors in the hippocampus, it weakens short-term memory..... .... ..... ......."
..i see you had to look that up! Can't remember your facts then? - LOL
I do this to lend credibility to my arguments. Otherwise, I just look like some jackass who's climbed onto a soapbox with a bullhorn to spout opinions. Plus, if you find any of it to be untrue, you have to write the scientists a letter. Not me. I just quote them.
the problem with regurgitating (not twisting) other peoples facts, is that you are missing the point -
..marijuana is a recreation drug, a social drug. People take drugs to "chill out" and knock off all the barrage of negativity and facts that come flooding at us all day long.
I didn't say that it wasn't. People ask how it affects them, and I tell them. I don't think I've shown any bias on this issue at all. If you look back, you'll notice I actually want it legalized.
Our human brain wasn't designed for 16-hour days of data overload, work overload, advertising overload, and world's (depressing) wars and news overload. How would you then switch off at night and relax, or sleep after that?? ...personally, sleep doesn't do that for me and many others, kos our dreams (or nightmares) are so very active and exhausting - we're as likely to wake up more tired than when we went to sleep!
Yup... No disagreement, believe me.
Facts and memory are important, but when THC enters the brain you switch to another level and "see things differently" or "see things in perspective" ..you might be in the moment (paranoid of an earthquake or police bust, or some shit like that) but the brain is taking a "time out". Seeing things on another level you actually develop new methods of storing information, so saying "it imapairs memory" is over simplistic for a neural system that we a filling with movies and emotions and details that don't even ensure our survival.
I'm a little confused about what you meant here. Are you saying weed doesn't impair your judgement/memory because it just doesn't, or because on weed you store useless information, or because our brains are so complex that we store useless information completely independent of weed manipulation? Are you saying that because we're seeing things in another perspective that we don't save our short term memories properly? Besides, how is "it impairs memory" overly simplistic? Are you saying that test subjects in a confined, isolated experiment never experienced short term memory loss from introduction of THC into their systems? I'm just quoting, now, so if you want to chew someone out for it, chew out NIDA.
-THC also influences emotions, by acting on a region of the brain called the limbic system, which is why marjuana users can be overwhelmed by laughter one minute, and paranoia the next.yeah! i'd rather be a robot :D
You can experience emotion without the advent of marijuana to your system, I'd hope. If not, I think you might have a problem. Besides, it's not saying it causes these emotions. It just messes with your brain so they're thrown out of whack.
Some of THC's effects are useful in the world of medicine -- like preventing nausea and blocking pain.anti-depressant? appetizer? mood-enhancer? socializer? relaxant? anti-insomniant? creativity? and a whole list of medical benefits............
I listed two, because I didn't want to quote the entirety of "possible" effects of mariujana/THC's usage. Not everyone is anti-depressed/given the munchies/had their mood "enhanced"/made creative/made social/relaxed/made sleepy/etc., and to use those arguments, you'd need to state what else could happen. Plenty of people get hyper on weed, and plenty of people just get more depressed. Those two I stated are the most commonly used arguments for medicinal usage, and so that's what I used. I did say that this was "some" of the benefits. No need to jump on my ass about details.
Researchers developing medications that are chemically similar to THC but less harmful..how expensive??? how industrialized? how are you sure chemical pills and treatments won't have side effects? who is doing the "independant scientific research"..??
Oh, the companies selling pills of-course !!!
God forbid, we come up with something like artificial THC that has all of the benefits, but none of the disadvantages, and is a much more stable way of using the drug for "medicinal" purposes.
..give me weed than prozac anyday!!
Ugh... Prozac gives me nightmares. My ex-girlfriend used to take it as an anti-depressant. She'd wake up screaming in the middle of the night because of the dreams it gave her. Odd stuff, that Prozac. She takes Wellbutrin, now.
Anyway, there's all my points. I think I'm done talking about weed for awhile. It makes me think of my ex-girlfriend, and then I get all teary-eyed, goddammit.