Marijuana – Poison or Remedy?

Call it weed or pot; call it Mary Jane or be it ganja; it does not masquerade marijuana from what it really is: simply dried buds and leaves of the Cannabis plant. So why does it remain as one of the most popular drugs being abused?

Well, it has more than 400 chemicals in it; for one. The main psychoactive component of marijuana is THC, short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannibol, causing euphoric effects that keep abusers coming back for more.

The most common form of intake is inhalation. The lungs will absorb this drug in a matter of mere seconds, passing the alveoli before finally entering the bloodstream. The less popular form of intake is via the oral route. Eating marijuana passes it through your stomach, where blood absorbs it to the liver to deliver it to the rest of the body. This method takes a longer time to take effect with lower THC levels, but once it does the effects last longer.

So, all the THC floating around in your blood… where does it eventually go to? To the brain, of course- where your wildest fantasies are created, hence the whole point of taking marijuana in the first place. In the brain, there are cannabinoid receptors normally activated by a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which is a cannabinoid chemical. THC is – surprise, surprise- also a cannabinoid chemical, therefore can mimic the function of anandamide and rest itself snugly at the cannabinoid receptor.

Neurones are then activated in three parts of the brain; the hippocampus, the cerebellum and the basal ganglia. This affects your recollection of recent events, coordination and unconscious muscle movements respectively.

400 chemicals in marijuana

Most marijuana abusers would report a feeling of incessant happiness; while others would just claim of utter relaxation. Some may develop strange sensations, such as the body being extra light that it was able to drift off like a helium balloon.

To achieve these momentary effects, abusers tend to use marijuana repeatedly. As a result of chronic usage, long-term effects on the brain would be detrimental. These include problems with memory and learning, thinking and problem solving; distorted perception [which explains the helium balloon sensation], loss of coordination as well as anxiety which can lead to severe episodes of panic attacks and paranoia. Besides all these, marijuana abusers suffer the same consequences of chronic smokers however with some detox pills the damage can be prevented, which are bronchitis, emphysema, dry mouth and red eyes.

However, marijuana does have its medicinal value. When used appropriately, marijuana can suppress nausea and stop convulsions by decreasing muscle spasms. For glaucoma patients, marijuana is used to relieve eye pressure. Interestingly enough, marijuana also stimulates appetite because the endocannabinoids that bind to the cannabinoid receptor in the brain as mentioned earlier will activate hunger.

Like all drugs, marijuana can both cure and kill. It all depends on where you draw the line.

Teen Marijuana Rap Star Embraced by Mainstream Media

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If you haven’t seen Mac Miller on the web yet, his branding is that of COPS meets Jackass with Justin Bieber playing the Vanilla Ice lead character.
The nineteen-year-old internet sensation has managed to get just shy of 1 million followers to his Twitter page with his marijuana-themed videos and rap music.

With the Twitter audience, Miller has convinced television and music execs to back his brand of teen rebellion.

The viral videos starring Miller are home-shot and could serve as potential evidence against the “pot-star.” In some of the shorts, Miller and friends possess and smoke what is unmistakably real marijuana.

The rap videos from Miller are no less shocking in their appeal to teens and ‘tweens. In his music video, Extra Extra, Miller mixes Debbie Gibson-like bubblegum teen innocence with a series of expletives during his rap.

In Extra Extra, a Pittsburgh, PA-based neighborhood restaurant sets the scene for Miller and friends who, while in their late teens and early twenties, look as if they’ve just completed junior high school.

Camera shots of milkshakes with sprinkles and Miller decorating his sandwich with french fries make the video appear innocent enough. However, as Miller begins to rap, a flurry of expletives shatter the popcorn dream.

“It’s easy as f***, all I need is a good beat,” Miller rhymes, “F*** me for who I am but love me for who I could be.”

For those of you who are new to Miller’s media world, he’s not a flash in the pan restricted to obscure pages in the internet world; the bad boy is headed for the mainstream media.

Miller has just landed his first acting gig on the VH1 sitcom Single Ladies, starring Clueless actress Stacy Dash, and has signed a recording contract with an independent record label.

Miller’s new album, scheduled to “drop” next year, entitled Best Day Ever, will likely include Extra Extra, as well as a parental advisory label.

Indoor Cultivation Sucks: Marijuana Resolution Speech

An article appeared in the April 15thOregonian, “Pot growing gobbles power.” Eric Mortenson tells us about research by Californian Evan Mills that indicates that indoor marijuana growing uses a full one percent of electricity consumed in the United States.

I have long held that growing pot indoors is stupid. It’s a huge full-to-part-sun plant that cannot grow with normal indoor lighting, and it takes a lot of water as well. 1000-watt lights were the standard twenty years ago when I was interested in indoor growing. The heat from these lamps and the humidity from rapidly transpiring plants has to be vented, which uses still more power.

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If it isn’t properly vented, it is hard on a house, as is water that spills on the floor. It can cause mold and dry rot. This is a major problem for landlords screening potential tenants; tenants generally don’t tell their landlord that they plan to grow pot in a house, even with a license.

Cannabis is a big plant for which a pot is never big enough. Once its roots fill the pot, it cannot get enough water and gets stressed, which encourages indoor pests like whitefly and spider mites. This encourages the use of insecticides that lower the quality of the product, and can harm consumers.

Indoors is a very expensive, difficult way to grow marijuana. It makes electricity more expensive for everyone and ruins rentals. The only reason that anyone grows pot indoors is fear of police and/or thieves. Medical marijuana has reduced fear of cops, but it has brought the work of thieves into the open; legal growers report thefts.

A greenhouse is the best option for growing marijuana safely in Southern Oregon: it keeps the crop hidden; gives it lots of the heat and humidity it loves; it can have no floor, allowing roots to spread freely in the soil beneath; and it protects the heavy buds from fall fogs and rain that can cause mold.

When Oregon passes the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, it will end the black market within our state, and the fear of cops and pot thieves with it. People will grow a few plants in their yards for themselves; licensed growers will grow it in fields, where it belongs, for sale to the state. Farmers will grow hemp in fields for the world market.

One place you may be sure it will not be grown very much will be indoors, under lights. Landlords will have one less worry, and we won’t be wasting electricity growing a plant that loves the sun.

Also check out my previous article on marijuana detox pills!