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  • Profile photo of Anonymous UserAnonymous User
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    #16165

    You yourself need to get educated. Although smoking marijuana (like smoking anything) can lead to lung damage, marijuana smoke contains up to 20 times LESS carcinogens than are found in tobacco smoke. This number goes down even further if the drug is being smoked through a water pipe, such as a bong. The number of carcinogens is ZERO if the drug was eaten in a brownie or other food item, or if the drug was vaporized.

    Two, don’t be a hypocrite. Your teen will never be able to trust you if you flip out on him/her for smoking marijuana when you did the same thing as a youngster. You may even lose your credibility for being a cigarette smoker, a habit which is now almost universally acknowledged as more harmful than marijuana. Kids naturally experiment. And, contrary to how Above The Influence and similar groups phrase it, the “gateway drug” idea (that kids begin taking hard drugs after taking tobacco, marijuana, or alcohol, because those drugs introduced them to the idea) is false. You know your child, and you know whether or not he/she has an addictive personality. A person’s own addictive personality is the source of the movement up the drug ladder, not the marijuana/alcohol/tobacco itself. If your teen does not have an addictive personality, you have nothing to worry about besides lung damage and high driving, because marijuana is not addictive.

    You DO NOT have to take serious action if finding your child sharing a joint in the basement with friends once. It may be better for both of you (long-term) to turn a blind eye for isolated incidents. As soon as you begin overreacting and punishing, you set the stage for your child to become rebellious. Making something like marijuana a strict taboo often only makes them want it more. Save your credibility with your child for more important matters.

    • Profile photo of Anonymous UserAnonymous User
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      #16164

      I disagree with your assessment that weed is a harmless drug. First off, the THC content is much higher than when I was a teen. Th e amount of THC can be up to 30% whereas 20 years ago it was around 7%. This higher concentration of THC has the effect of tripping and a hard crash. This crash makes the user crave the drug and can quickly lead to psychological dependence. This new weed makes you feel really good which of itself causes reliance. If a teen is using it once in a while, there is probably no real harm. But, when the use becomes chronic, it can lead to mental confusion, depression and a host of other mental disorders in addition to loss of ambition and drug seeking behavior. A parent needs to be aware of the level of use before making rash decisions but just acting like a parent is hypocrite because they smoked when a teenager is downright irresponsible for the health and safety of their child.

    • Profile photo of Anonymous UserAnonymous User
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      #16163

      You do not know what the fuck THC Means

      Allright, listen. THC is a chemical that goes in your brain, and it blocks this pathway. Now, this is normally a bad thing, but this pathway, in paticular, blocks other pathways. It is removing a hinderance. Now, since it doesn’t directly effect thought, you can actually get out of a high with the power of though, but i digress.

      Now, the reason it can do this, is because, wait for it, there’s THC receptors in the brain. Now, that means, quite obviously, that THC is not a foreign chemical in the brain, meaning…we all naturally produce minor amounts of THC!

      Now, pot having more THC…means you need to SMOKE LESS. You smoke till you get high. If it takes 4 joints with 7% weed to get you to 1 joint 30% weed (The highest naturally occuring is 28%, btw, but that’s mostly for medical patiants who need THC’s side effects, mainly killing pain, so it’s just natural for them to get higher potency drug. You give people pills of asprin, not force feed bark down their throat), NOBODY IS GOING TO SMOKE 4 JOINTS. They’re going to smoke 1 joint (Holding their breath in for 1 second, assorbing 90% of the THC content in the first second, the other !)% lost to the atmosphere) and move on with their day.

      Is it hypocritical as fuck to LIE to your kids, especially with imagined reasons like this shit.

      GO watch “The Union”. It’s on google video, free. Educate yourself, mofo.

    • Profile photo of Thoney105Thoney105
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      #16158

      Fact: Marijuana is harmful.The BrainThe brain.Smoking marijuana leads to some changes in the brain similar to those caused by cocaine, heroin and alcohol.
      According to Dr. Marvin Seppala, the Chief Medical Officer at the Hazelden Foundation, a prominent drug recovery center in Minnesota , “The younger people begin using marijuana, especially before the age of 21, the likelier they are to become addicted to an addictive substance. Their addiction is both physiological and psychological.Studies on the brain have shown that pot use alters the hippocampus and affects short-term memory.As an adolescent, there are remarkable experiences that contribute to growth. These need to be set down into memory—and pot use stops this.”1 Lung DamageRegular marijuana users often develop breathing problems including chronic coughing and wheezing. Marijuana contains the same cancer-causing chemicals as tobacco. The amount of tar inhaled by marijuana smokers and the level of carbon monoxide absorbed by those who smoke marijuana, regardless of THC content, are three to five times greater than among tobacco smokers. Smoking five marijuana cigarettes is equal to smoking a full pack of tobacco cigarettes. According to the American Lung Association, there is 50-70% more cancer causing material in marijuana smoke than in cigarette smoke. In fact, marijuana smoke contains more than 400 chemicals.In an article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine respected scientists at Yale University concluded that smoking marijuana is associated with an increased risk of many of the same respiratory problems that afflict cigarette smokers including shortness of breath, wheezing, chronic bronchitis, coughing and phlegm.2 Researchers also found that marijuana smoking may also expose a user’s respiratory system to infectious organisms such as molds and fungi. That’s because many marijuana plants are already contaminated with different kinds of fungal spores.Marijuana proponents will tell you that bong water pipes will filter out these toxins. In fact, marijuana’s primary cancer-causing tar, benzopyrene, does not dissolve in water. That means a bong cannot protect your lungs from this danger.

    • Profile photo of ahemahem
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      #16136

      uhh, I think you’re talking about meth. there isn’t mush of a “crash” with weed dude. After the high, you may feel tired or lazy.

    • Profile photo of Mrfix99Mrfix99
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      #16162

      Taken from some idiot pothead who hopefully will not reproduce.

  • Profile photo of AnonymousAnonymous
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    #25461

    Would you consider entering your child in rehab if you found them smoking a cigarette or drinking a beer? Marijuana is no more harmful than tobacco or alcohol, and is less addictive than either.

  • Profile photo of debsdebs
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    #16160

    LMAO you idiots that smoke pot rationalize everything!  You get up anybody’s butt that says anything bad about it.  You’re probably laying on your rear collecting food stamps and buying pot with your rent money.  Wake up you morons.  Get the kid in rehab!  Do not turn a blind eye to anything!  It will only get worse!!!!!  Do anything and everything to help that child.  Child–brain cells are not mature yet.  Get it?  We want our children to grow healthy and strong not to be stoners with the maturity of a 14 year old for the rest of their lives!

    • Profile photo of oopsoops
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      #16156

      I understand that it is unlikely my comment will be viewed, but I feel the need to way in here. debs, I smoke everyday (small amounts at night though) and have since my Sophomore year of HS. According to you, I should have failed high school and started working at McDonalds. Heres what my life has actually been like :
      -Breezed through high school with a 3.5 (not perfect but I took 10 college classes total at one of the 75 top high schools in the US) and a 2250 SAT
      -Currently a biochem student at University of Washington
      -Planning on possibly going into pharmacy or medicine

      First off, your atrocious grammar complements your equally ill-informed viewpoint. I guarantee you have some shitty job with your business degree from a shitty college. You’ll probably never make more than 60k a year. Educate yourself.

    • Profile photo of oopsoops
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      #16155

      Just noticed a misspelling… meant to say “weigh” at the beginning of my second line. A bit tired right now.

    • Profile photo of shuttupshuttup
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      #16145

      Actually no he’s not. You’d be surprised who smokes pot. Obama did, and guess what? Hes president. You know who else smoked pot? Steve Jobs. In almost every country where drugs are legal, Drug addiction went down 50%. Hmmmmm maybe pot isnt the problem

    • Profile photo of clbclb
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      #16150

      YOU are the MINORITY NOT the MAJORITY! Adults entering comments all over the Internet that ITS OK to smoke Pot & that THERES NOTHING WRONG with it, are not just speaking their mind, they are Influencing Naive, Confused, Hormonal Teenagers…Teenagers that are NOT their Children to tell that Bullshit to! THINK before you Influence someone else’s Child that ITS PERFECTLY FINE to do ILLEGAL, MIND & BODY ALTERING DRUGS! The Majority will end up being nothing more than Slow Thinking Couch Potatoes & You Know It!

    • Profile photo of pdelrealpdelreal
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      #16148

      Ja if you actually become a doctor, i bet you will be a drug dealer prescribing marihuana without remorse. Doctors who prescribed drug dealers are delinquents with masks of business men. Shame on you! that you are educated yet so ignorant and arrogant to accept that you have an addiction problem! Your just a rich white drug addict that favoritism and prejudice is in your side. You value as human is the same than a gangster, the only difference is that you are white. you got the money to buy your degree.

    • Profile photo of Dennis WDennis W
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      #16131

      sir you are the one who is uninformed,please take your opinions and keep them to yourself no one cares about your insecure life experiences please kill yourself!!thank you.

    • Profile photo of SmyrnoidSmyrnoid
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      #16129

      Insulting grammar, yet you need to “way” in. Hilarious!

    • Profile photo of MRmachinemanMRmachineman
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      #16152

      let me tell you a story , my parents found over an ounce of weed on me , i got sent to rehab and you know what happened ! i got kicked out of highschool at the age of 17 ! i was in there for 90 days and when they let me go i was 18 and all it did was make me hate my parents for ruining my life made me want weed more and got me expelled from highschool even when i had great grades .
      i got a crap pay job at a fast food place that let me eat there , i couldnt pay the bills so i started growing and selling as soon as i started working .
      i went back to school at the jc ( junior college) when i was 30 , i worked my ass off and got the highest gpa in the school , right when i graduated i got a job as a machine man and worked at 19 different shops . right now im a journeyman machinist and get paid a 44$ an hour( too bad theres no overtime ) .i worked my ass off is becuase i had to feed 2 kids at the time and failure was not an option , now we can have good food and nice things and a roof over our heads . but imagine if i started working sooner i could be making master pay(have to have 30 years experiance) which pays like 20 $ more ,meand my kids could all be driving new cars i could afford a better house and could send them to private school .

    • Profile photo of Anonymous AnonymousAnonymous Anonymous
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      #25459

      yes, that is too bad, but its not your parents fault. It’s your fault! You’re blaming your life on your parents! And you know what, your going to be stuck doing hard labor all your life, then what happens when you get older and can’t do it any more??

    • Profile photo of just ajust a
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      #16146

      Good for you , you went back to school. But think it all started with pot !

    • Profile photo of ahemahem
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      #16137

      it started with pot, but mainly with the overreaction of parents. they couldv’e just talked to him and like cut down his allowance, grounded him or whatever. I never understood parents reporting their own child, all it does is ruin their lives when they thought they were safe.

    • Profile photo of Anonymous AnonymousAnonymous Anonymous
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      #25457

      Lady, I can tell by your post YOU’RE the moron. First of all, you’re generalizing people who smoke weed. I’m a staunch pro-marijuana advocate/smoker for 20 years now and when people say “bad things” about marijuana, I don’t get mad at all. I let them think what they want because I know there’s nothing I can do to change their mind, anyway. People are always going to believe things about marijuana that aren’t true. If someone is anti-marijuana, there is a very small chance that they’re ever going to change their mind. When you say “children”, what ages are you referring to?

      Also, you talk here like people who do smoke weed aren’t “healthy” or “strong”, yet, all you have to do is look no further than the world of entertainment to see a slew of very educated and bright users. Certainly nobody would ever call Steve Jobs (RIP) stupid. If I were a parent, I’d rather have my kid at home smoking a joint, than out somewhere drinking alcohol.

      Matter of fact, my own mother who is currently 64, just tried smoking with me for the first time at 62 and she loved it. Now, every time mom and I spend a good amount of time together away from my anti-marijuana father and sister, her and I smoke together.

    • Profile photo of guestguest
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      #25455

      That is so funny. You must be young. I am 57 years old. If your mother is 62, a baby boomer, she may have done plenty of pot smoking when she was younger. It was all the rage back then and most young people did at least try marijuana, even many good girls. Your mother may have more experience smoking pot than you do.
      I don’t doubt that your mother never smoked marijuana while she was raising her family. She may have decided it wasn’t something she wanted to continue doing. Most parents of the baby boomer generation will not admit to their children that they ever smoked when they were young. Just because they don’t want their young children to think it is o.k. Your mother was probably very much like you when she was young.
      I agree that smoking marijuana is not as unhealthy as drinking alcohol, but teenagers should not be smoking or drinking. Thirteen is a teenager. The fact that a parent did something doesn’t mean it’s not a mistake to do it.
      There is not enough information about what smoking marijuana does to a mind that is not yet fully developed. The changes may be positive, but they also may be very negative for some teenagers. Some children may be taking prescription medications. Years ago there were very few teenagers taking antidepressants. Today it is quite common. Today one out of fifty eight children is born with autism. Not long ago the numbers were one out of 166. Should those teenagers be smoking marijuana, or not. So why encourage teenagers to do something that may be very unhealthy for some. What about children who have suffered a brain injury? The parents may not even realize that their child has a brain injury. There are studies being conducted on the possibility that marijuana may help heal brain injuries, but what if it only heals certain areas of the brain and has the opposite effect on other areas of a young brain. Nobody knows yet.
      I just noticed that this comment I am commenting on was from a year ago, but I already wrote the comment so here it is.

  • Profile photo of Anonymous AnonymousAnonymous Anonymous
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    #25460

    bro im a teen and i’m a smoker WHAT U GONNA DO BOUT IT BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Profile photo of Thoney105Thoney105
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    #16157

    Marijuana’s other dangers.The substances in marijuana stay in the fatty parts of the body for long periods of time.A 50% concentration of THC can be found in the body up to eight days after using marijuana and traces can be found in the body up to 3 months after use . THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, accumulates particularly in the testes, liver and brain of users.PET scans (a brain mapping method which allows scientists to visualize what is happening in the brain) of regular marijuana users show that marijuana may continue to impact the brain three or more days after use, particularly affecting motor coordination, memory and learning. According to two studies, marijuana use narrows the arteries in the brain, “similar to patients with high blood pressure and dementia”11 and may explain why memory tests are difficult for marijuana users. In addition, “chronic consumers of cannabis lose molecules called CB1 receptors in the brain’s arteries,”12 leading to blood flow problems in the brain which can cause memory loss, attention deficits, and impaired learning ability.Research has now established that marijuana is addictive. Each year, more teens enter treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than for all other illicit drugs combined. Over sixty percent of teens admitted to drug treatment cite marijuana as their primary substance of abuse.Research also shows that marijuana use is three times more likely to lead to dependence among adolescents than among adults.Research indicates that the earlier kids start using marijuana, the more likely they are to become dependent on this or other illicit drugs later in life.The proportion of admissions for primary marijuana abuse increased from 6% in 1992 to 64% percent of admissions in 2002. Almost half (46 percent) of the people admitted for marijuana were under 20 years old. Of those admitted for treatment for primary marijuana dependence, 56 percent had first used the drug by age 14, and 26 percent had begun by age 12.Even marijuana proponents acknowledge that marijuana use is harmful for teens. Allen St. Pierre, the executive director of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marjuana Laws) recently stated that “One can argue before a young person reaches full brain development in their early 20’s, they should not use or have legal access to marijuana.”1Scientists have proven that marijuana users experience changes in the flow of blood to their brains. Ronald Herning of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that marijuana smokers may suffer from narrowed blood vessels in their brains, possibly explaining why smokers experience memory and thinking problems.12