The Real Truth about MARIJUANA

by Bina Pattel

Dear World,

This is a wake up call blog that could easily be a book as there is literally so much to write about.

Here is a laser look at this most commonly used illicit drug.

Just google it and check out some of the street names for this drug that alters our natural state.

Grass   Dope   Weed   Hash   Joint   Spliff   Puff   Pot   Mary Jane   Bud   Indo   Bong   Hydro   Green Goddess   Chronic   Buddha   Locoweed   Wacky Tabacky   Herb   Home grown  Sinsemilla   KGB (killer green bud)   Hashish   Bhang   Smoke   Skunk   Boo   Charge   Gage   Jive   Gold   Green   Mezz   Kef   Dagga   Hemp   Charas   Ganja   Resin   Draw   Texas tea

What are the names telling us here?
Why on earth are there so many names for this drug?
Is the bud from this green plant killing us like the KGB?
When did Buddha endorse this drug?
Is this the new tea in Texas?
What is Goddess about this green drug?
Who comes up with names like this?

FOR THE RECORD – Marijuana and Cannabis in this article are exactly the same.

What is Marijuana?
What forms does this come in?
Why is it illegal in many countries?
Why is it the most widely-used illegal drug in the UK?

What are the statistics on this mind-altering drug?
What are the side effects?
What are the long-term effects?
Why is it legalised in some countries?

What is medical marijuana?
What is the research telling us?
Who is funding the research?
Why is there limited research on this drug?
Why are we not asking for more evidence?

Who is writing the websites on Marijuana?
Why are young children aged 12 using Marijuana?
Why is this drug more potent today than 20 years ago?
Why does the internet allow social media to advertise cannabis clubs?
Why do we allow advertising of where to go to get your next bong? 

Do we as a world know enough about this drug?
Are we asking questions so we can KNOW the Truth about Marijuana? 

Why is Marijuana possession illegal in most countries today?
Is this a clear sign that this is a harmful substance to the human body?
Why are we not uniting on our views about this drug?
Is there something missing?
Have we looked at what the root cause is?
Is recreation merely an escape from the Responsibility we do not want?
How responsible are our governments and policy makers – honestly?
Is it time to stop finding solutions and get to the Truth about Marijuana? 

Marijuana alters our natural state. Fact.

Marijuana is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs in the world today.

Marijuana comes from the hemp plant.
The main psychoactive ingredient is THC.
THC – Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is the mind altering chemical.

Other than THC, the Marijuana plant contains more than 100 other cannabinoids. Illegal manufacturers have produced cannabinoids in the lab which are extremely powerful (1) and this will be another blog about synthetic drugs on our Real Truth series about Drugs.

Cannabinoids are chemicals related to THC, Marijuana’s main mind-altering ingredient.
The body also produces its own cannabinoid chemicals. They play a role in regulating thinking, memory, concentration, body movement, awareness of time, appetite, pain and our senses – sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste (1).

According to Frank (a UK Government funded website) it is a sedating and hallucinogenic drug and the effects give you a feeling of time slowing down (2).

A hallucinogenic is a drug that alters the natural state of the mind by distorting the way users see and hear things. It also gives feelings of calm, peace and contentment.

Regular Marijuana use is known to be associated with an increase in the risk of later developing psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia; and if you have a family background of mental illness, you may also have an increased risk (2).

A review of Marijuana research published in the British Medical Journal found those driving under the influence of cannabis had nearly double the risk of a crash (2).

Everything in our world is going fast and is this why Marijuana is the most popular recreational drug today?

Is it used to bring a false sense of time so we can cope?

Do we use this drug to avoid our problems?

Is this drug supporting us to function in life?

Is this the solution to our daily life now?

Are we addicted to this drug to fill the void we wake up with every day?

Those who smoke get an instant hit and it is now popular to put the drug in cakes and cookies. Edibles take longer to digest and produce a high so people consume more to feel the effects faster and this of course is very dangerous.

Next – Dabbing is yet another growing trend. This is a new way of ingesting Marijuana that has become popular because they often contain 70-90% THC (3) so therefore stronger effects. Street Marijuana has around 15% concentration of THC.

There are currently no studies on the health impact of dabbing. Also called dabs, honey oil and BHO (butane hash oil).

Did you know butane is a flammable gas and is used in bottled form as a fuel?

What exactly is this telling us?
What is this spelling out to us?
Why are we not spending resources on studies?

Are we interested in what Marijuana users are up to these days?
Do we know how much Marijuana is passing through our prisons today?
Have we checked the websites that are talking of the dangers of BHO?
Why are users wanting more concentration of THC?
Why are they calling this the new “crack” of Marijuana?

Could it be possible that things are actually getting worse and more is needed as the regular stuff just doesn’t cut it anymore?

Could it be possible that higher concentrations are needed to deal with the inner turmoil of that which is being buried, that we are not willing to deal with?

‘Most dabbers are experienced marijuana users who have developed a tolerance to the effects of THC. Likewise, dabbing is believed to pose risks to novice users and is not recommended for those who smoke cannabis infrequently.’ Says the truth on pot website (3).

Did you know –

Marijuana can cause feelings of anxiety, suspicion, panic and paranoia.
Marijuana can cause long-term mental health problems.
Marijuana can affect your sleep.
Marijuana can make you feel depressed or behave aggressively.
Regular use can increase the risk of developing psychotic illnesses.
Using Marijuana with alcohol has serious consequences.

There are no FDA-approved medications to treat Marijuana addiction (4).

This is well worth noting. Nothing out there can deal with this addiction.

Could it be possible that we do have the answer and it is inside us?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (5) are saying about the effects of Marijuana –

Short Term Effects on the Brain

‘When a person smokes marijuana, THC quickly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream. The blood carries the chemical to the brain and other organs throughout the body. The body absorbs THC more slowly when the person eats or drinks it.’

‘THC acts on specific brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals in the brain. These natural chemicals play a role in normal brain development and function.

Marijuana overactivates parts of the brain that contain the highest number of these receptors. This causes the “high” that users feel.’

Questions
Do we actually need to over activate our brain in any way?
Is this the mind-altering affects we are seeking to numb us from feeling our pain?
Is this the drug of our choice to avoid taking Responsibility for our lives?
Are we tampering with nature here?

Longer Term Effects on the Brain

Marijuana affects brain development. ‘When Marijuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions’ (5).

‘Marijuana’s affects on these abilities may last a long time or even be permanent’ (5).

Are we aware of the actual cost to our society with teenagers using Marijuana?
How is this going to support our world when they become our older generation?

There is now enough evidence to show that those who use cannabis particularly at a younger age, such as around the age of 15, have a higher than average risk of developing a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (6).

Research between 1993 and 2003 showed that regular Marijuana use in adolescents doubled the risk of them leaving school early, of cognitive impairment and psychoses in adulthood (7).

A Rise in Marijuana’s THC Levels (5).

‘The amount of THC in marijuana has been increasing steadily over the past few decades.

For a new user, this may mean exposure to higher THC levels with a greater chance of a harmful reaction.

Higher THC levels may explain the rise in emergency room visits involving Marijuana use.’

A USA organisation, marijuana-anonymous.org defines the problems of Marijuana as follows:

If Marijuana controls our lives and our thinking, and if our desires centre around Marijuana – scoring it, dealing it, and finding ways to stay high. We lose interest in all else.

The UK Home Office have a published guide on how to cut down and stop Marijuana use.

It suggests a range of things you can do to successfully stop using, including:

  • Draw up a list of reasons for wanting to change
  • Plan how you will change
  • Think about coping and withdrawal symptoms
  • Have a back-up plan

OR

You could try a do it yourself – work through the leaflet on FRANK website (6).

Really?
Where is the success?
Where are the evidence-based studies confirming this method works?

Let’s get real for one moment.

Do you know anyone who uses Marijuana?
Have you spent time hanging out with Marijuana users?
Do we have experience working with those who are addicted to Marijuana?
Do we honestly think they are going to commit to planning?
Do we think they will make a list by nominating reasons for wanting change?
Do we feel that they will be interested in having a back-up plan?
Is a DIY truly going to have lasting change on this addictive drug?

Is this our governments’ answer to a serious and dangerous problem that we are currently facing?

There are 182.5 million Marijuana users globally (2014) (8).

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug, with more than 45% of American adults reporting that they have used it (9).

In 2014 a British Drugs Survey of 1,080 adults revealed that –
93% of drug users (more than 14 million people) said that they had taken Marijuana. 82% also said that Marijuana was the 1st illegal drug that they had ever taken (10).

Marijuana has the largest drug market globally with the 2015 World Drug report stating that it has an ‘extremely extensive web of trafficking flows’ (11).

In 2005, the United Nations World Drug Report said that the total value of the world’s Illegal Marijuana Market was worth $141.80 billion (12).

45% in USA officially reported and how many more are using it that are not on the statistics?

What are the true statistics if we are to get deeply honest here?

What are the real statistics on young teenagers?

Why have we not made it our business to find out more about this harmfull substance?

On the official USA government website:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/state-laws-related-to-marijuana

the following quote confirms their current view –

‘It is important to note that Congress has determined that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a serious crime.’

So the officials are saying it is a ‘dangerous’ drug yet some of the states in this country now have made it legal. In case you are confused let us spell it out here –

The Central Government, which is based in Washington says that Marijuana is a dangerous drug. This means that it is illegal according to the federal government and it cannot be transported between legal states like Oregon and Washington.

Hello – do you get this? Both states have it legalised but federal law says it is illegal to transport it.

How did legalising Marijuana in Washington D.C. happen during 2012?
Where did the law come from?
Who was asking?
Who is making the law?
Who is actually saying this law makes sense? 

Why is Marijuana legal in some states but is illegal throughout the USA?

The Whitehouse is based in Washington where Marijuana is legal.
Are the law makers enjoying a Mary Jane while making the law?
What is recreational about this ‘dangerous drug’?
Why is Congress saying it is a ‘serious crime’ to sell this drug?

Are we re-creating something here in the name of enjoyment, which means Recreational?

How can we call this enjoyment and legalise it on one hand and then on the other call it a ‘dangerous drug’?
This is coming direct from one of our largest nations and so here you see the whole thing exposed for what it really is.

The ADAI (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute) University of Washington (13) have guidelines on their website as Marijuana is legal in Washington. They call this ‘science based information’.

Billion dollar question we should be asking right now is
‘Does science have ALL the answers?’

Could we for one moment suspend all our beliefs and put our common sense hat on?

Can we interview parents of young children who have taken Marijuana and are now addicted?

Could we speak to teenagers struggling with mental health problems unable to continue education?

Could we talk to those who have real life stories about Marijuana abuse, like the author of this article?

Could we study the real cost to our society and the global cost of the harm this drug is causing?

Can we go inside prisons and document the real harm that comes from using this drug?

As the writer here, I have worked inside prison and there is a lot more we need to be aware of regarding the use of this so called “recreational” drug. It is well known that many inmates live on this during their time in prison and the officials turn a blind eye as it seems easier than dealing with the problem.

The World Health Organization found that in European countries, 12-70% of prisoners have tried Marijuana; this is higher than in the general population. Marijuana also had the highest prevalence of lifetime drug use amongst prisoners, compared to any other illicit drug (14).

Having lived experience working with those in society who are addicted to Marijuana, it is confirmation that we need more awareness about this mind altering drug that is deeply harmful.

Check out the video on the ADAI website http://learnaboutmarijuanawa.org/consumers.htm
and take note of the signs of someone taking this drug. Police report heart rates of up to 160 beats per minute. Our average normal resting heart rate can be as low as 60-80.

Can we stop for one moment and just re-read this again?

HELLO – imagine driving with a heartbeat of up to 4 times the average?

Let’s go back a few decades now.

In 1982 the USA Surgeon General issued a Public Health Warning on the damaging effects of Marijuana (15). The Surgeon General is the leading spokesperson in the USA on Public Health.

At that time the General said:

The use of Marijuana had increased 30-fold since 1962.

A report was submitted to Congress by the Department of Health and Human Services and the findings were:

‘Acute intoxication with Marijuana interferes with many aspects of mental functioning and has serious, acute effects on perception and skilled performance, such as driving and other complex tasks involving judgement or fine motor skills.’

The known or suspected chronic effects of Marijuana are:

  • short-term memory impairment and slowness of learning
  • impaired lung function similar to that found in cigarette smokers. Indications are that more serious effects, such as cancer and other lung disease, follow extended use
  • decreased sperm count and sperm motility
  • interference with ovulation and pre-natal development
  • impaired immune response
  • possible adverse effects on heart function
  • by-products of Marijuana remaining in body fat for several weeks, with unknown consequences. The storage of these by-products increases the possibilities for chronic, as well as residual, effects on performance, even after the acute reaction to the drug has worn off.
  • Of special concern are the long-term developmental effects in children and adolescents who are particularly vulnerable to the drug’s behavioural and psychological effects.

So here we have the kingpin for public health spelling this out to the government and what does this country do 34 years later – endorse it as safe to use in some states.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime have stated that the evidence suggests that more drug users are suffering from cannabis use disorders and that cannabis may be becoming more harmful as reflected in the high numbers of people seeking first time treatment in several places in the world (16).

So why do countries want to make Marijuana legal?
Who really benefits?
Is this about the money or is it about the true health of people?

Have you read these headlines – Daily Mail – 2 July 2016 –

Cannabis kiosks in Jamaican airports to welcome tourists.

The article states that officials are looking at ways the country can ‘cash in’ on cannabis.

Since the drug was decriminalised last year, they hope to emulate the USA where legal sales of the drug raised £4 billion in 2015.

What is this message really spelling out to us?
What would the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) have to say about this?
What is our World Health Organization now going to do?
What would the parents of a young teenager addicted to Marijuana have to say?
What are our governments now going to tell us?

Could it be possible that other countries will want to consider profits before people or is this already happening?

What is medical marijuana?

The term medical marijuana refers to treating a symptom or disease with the whole unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts (1).

WEBMD – our website medical doctor tells us the main reason it is prescribed is for pain.

Medical marijuana is not monitored like FDA-approved medicines. This means when using it, you do not know its potential cause to cancer, its potency, its purity or side effects (17).

Medical marijuana should not be used for people with heart disease, pregnant women and those with a history of psychosis (17).

So is there a clue here that it affects your heart, your mind and a tiny foetus.

FOR THE RECORD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognised or approved the Marijuana plant as medicine (1).

However, scientific study of the chemicals in Marijuana called cannabinoids has led to two FDA-approved medications in pill form, (dronabinol and nabilone) both used to treat nausea and boost appetite (1).

However, some states like California have legalized medical marijuana.

Did you know – Estimated annual revenue that California would raise if it taxed and regulated the sale of marijuana: $1,400,000,000 (18).

That is 1 billion and 400 million dollars and that is just one state in the USA and one drug we are talking about.

HELLO World are you getting this?

Imagine all the states in America and then add all the countries in our world and you get a clue how huge the money is involved in Marijuana?

Next – Orson Boon (not his real name) is the Head of the London Cannabis Club. He is in a senior position in the medical field saying “people come to exchange samples, try new strains and have a chat”.

There are 49 clubs in the UK united by the UK Cannabis Social Club primarily operating through Facebook and they come together to discuss topics like Self Medication and Campaigning for Decriminalisation. They want to offer a safer medicine and recreation option to current legally available drugs such as alcohol, tobacco and coffee.

They say that domestic cultivation of this drug harms no one.

Is this really the Truth?

Could it be possible that because they take this drug they are in an altered state and it is from this state they are saying it does not harm?

The Guardian (19) states ‘The fact that growing and possessing cannabis is illegal in Britain does not deter many cannabis clubs across the UK from using social media to publicise meetings.’ Boon says that many members keep their involvement private as “Many of the people I have met have families, high profile jobs, mortgages and all sorts, and are terrified of losing everything.”

  • What message is this giving to the law makers in the UK?
  • What is this saying about the non-policing of social media?
  • How does it feel to know a senior medical professional is behind an illegal drug?
  • Why are members wanting privacy and terrified of losing everything?
  • Why is this going on openly on the internet?
  • Why do we classify Marijuana as a drug but some feel it is just a hobby and not harmful?

Who benefits if we legalise this drug that has been in our black market for a long time?

Do we actually get to stop and feel what is the real harm here or do we just campaign as it suits our own needs?

Are we interested in our youth who are damaged by the effects of taking this drug?

Does anyone know the true global cost of what this drug is doing to us as a race of beings?

What is clear is that our laws about Marijuana are not unified across the globe and this divide is fuelling this illegal drug.

There is enough evidence to conclude that this drug is harmfull and what is interesting is there is limited research on the long-term effects of Marijuana.

The question we need to be asking now is WHY?

  • Why are we not funding research to confirm what this drug is really and truly doing to us?
  • Why are we not making enough noise and voicing what we know is killing our youngsters today?

Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research at King’s College, London says:

‘Nobody knows what is in the cannabis that people are smoking in the UK. Politicians realised that studies of cannabis just cause them problems so they prefer not to know what is in cannabis.
If there was a big study that showed the potency of cannabis was further increasing, as I suspect it has, then this would cause headlines and more pressure on politicians and they want to avoid that, so they don’t fund the studies. It’s like if we didn’t know what was in that bottle of whiskey or what was in a bottle of wine; what the alcohol content was or the content of cigarettes, but here we are – the population’s favourite illicit drug; we really have no idea what is in it.’ (20).

Does our unwillingness to know more about the world’s favourite illicit drug say something about us?

Why on earth would any government not want to fund studies that expose the problems that this harmful drug is causing? 

Is it time to bring this subject to the headlines and bring more awareness, more facts, more real life cases of the harmfull effects, as let’s face it, we have a serious global problem here.

Dear World, do we really want to know what is going on?
Is it time we asked the WHY question?

Additional References

(1) (2015, July). Drug Facts: Is Marijuana Medicine? National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana-medicine

(2) FRANK
http://www.talktofrank.com/drug/cannabis

(3) (2014, July 2). What Is Dabbing?
http://www.truthonpot.com/2014/07/02/what-is-dabbing

(4) (2016, April). Commonly Abused Drugs Chart. National Institute on Drug Abuse
https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-drugs-charts#marijuana

(5) (2016, March). Drug Facts: Marijuana. National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S Department of Health and Human Services
https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana

(6) (2014, June). Cannabis and Mental Health. Royal College of Psychiatrists http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfo/problems/alcoholanddrugs/cannabis.aspx

(7) Hall, W. (2013). What Has Research Over the Past Two Decades Revealed About the Adverse Health Effects of Recreational Cannabis Use?
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.12703/abstract

(8) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). World Drug Report. (p.43). New York, 2016
http://www.unodc.org/wdr2016

(9) (2014, July 25). 10 Facts About Marijuana. Drug Policy Alliance
http://www.drugpolicy.org/resource/10-facts-about-marijuana

(10) Mann, J. (2014, October 5). British Drugs Survey 2014: Drug Use is Rising in the UK – But We’re Not Addicted
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/05/-sp-drug-use-is-rising-in-the-uk-but-were-not-addicted

(11) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). World Drug Report. (p. 37). New York, 2015
http://www.unodc.org/wdr2015

(12) Havocscope Global Black Market Information
http://www.havocscope.com/tag/marijuana

(13) (2015, March). Learn About Marijuana. Science Based Information for the Public. ADAI
http://learnaboutmarijuanawa.org/consumers.htm

(14) Montanari, L, Royuela, L, Pasinetti, M, Giraudon, I, Wiessing, L, & Vicente, J. (2014).  Drug Use and Related Consequences Among Prison Populations in European Countries. Prisons and Health. World Health Organization. (Chapter 13, p.108); Regional Office for Europe

(15) (1982, August 13). The Surgeon General’s Warning on Marijuana
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00001143.htm

(16) (2016). 2015 World Drug Report Finds Drug Use Stable, Access to Drug & HIV Treatment Still Low. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2015/June/2015-world-drug-report-finds-drug-use-stable–access-to-drug-and-hiv-treatment-still-low.html

(17) Harding, A. (2013, November 4). Medical Marijuana. WebMD
http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/features/medical-marijuana-uses

(18) (2016). Drug War Statistics. Drug Policy Alliance
http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-war-statistics

(19) Whitehead, S. (2013, November 17). Cannabis Clubs Blossoming in the UK
https://www.theguardian.com/society/shortcuts/2013/nov/17/cannabis-clubs-blossoming-uk

(20) Chambers, I., & Sample, I. (2016, April 15). How Harmful is Cannabis? – Podcast
https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2016/apr/15/how-harmful-is-cannabis-podcast

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Comments 57

  1. This is a great site Bina, well done for collating all this information about drugs. We need to get this out into the world very urgently to educate people so they are aware of how the choices they make will affect the rest of their lives. If youngsters read all this, they may think twice before trying drugs.

    1. Yes we do need to get this out into the world as you say here Gill Randall. It is time to wake up everyone so they get to know actually what this recreational drug is doing and why it has become such a huge global problem.
      I agree if we inform our youth there is a chance that they may choose to not take this drug which is deeply harmfull.

  2. So many questions we all have that are unanswered and when asked fall on deaf ears. There is no question of the downside of smoking Marijuana. The real question that needs to be addressed is why are so many using it to check out on life? It’s like blaming guns for killing others!

    1. Correct Steve Matson – why are so many people choosing to check out from life?
      Could it be possible as this blog says that they need to numb themselves as they do not want to take Responsibility?
      The blame game is big in our world. We have a tendency to blame anything and everything as if it has nothing to do with our own choices. I like what you say here about blaming guns for killing others. Time we looked at this deeply and got serious about what drugs are doing to us and writing blogs and comments like this means more awareness.

  3. “…do we really want to know what is going on?” good question…
    The more we all accept marijuana the less we feel the need to ask questions…
    What is it about human beings that has us choosing to go deeper and deeper into denial ?

    I dont listen to politicians and I take scientific studies with a large grain of salt but I do know that I have always felt there is something very wrong with smoking pot; it made me paranoid and the heavy smokers I knew had very muddy energy and even seemed cloaked in darkness. This I ignored for a long time… Why?

    1. Great question you ask here Jo Billings as a previous pot smoker.
      Having worked with many addicted to marijuana, it feels like they need something to numb themselves and not feel life or commit to life. A bit like they have given up and this checked out feeling (that doesn’t last) when the take their spliff keeps them going, albeit short term.
      I know plenty of people today who live on cannabis and life without it is not even possible. I can assure any reader right now they are NOT on any statistic as they have never admitted they need dope everyday and they sure don’t want anyone to know their secret. This confirms very clearly out stats are not real as so many are under the radar so to speak.

  4. I resisted smoking weed when I was young, I knew it was bad. Eventually I ignored my knowing and tried it. Then my body told me again that breathing smoke is bad. I eventually ignored that message too. What is allowing me to ignore all these signals that pot is not good for me? Thank you Bina Pattel and Serge Benhayon for supporting me to understand why I made these terrible choices.

    1. Great you are openly sharing your experience with smoking weed. Amazing that from a young age we know when something is bad and yet we grow up and ignore that knowing and try it out or for some get addicted to it.
      To get to the root cause we have to go to the why questions and until then it will be a bit like a band aid to a bullet wound. In other words it will not work.
      You are a living testimonial Ken Elmer that there is another way and the author and Serge Benhayon have supported you with a deeper understanding, so you could deal with it and move on as you have clearly done so.

  5. Brilliant blog Simple Living – exposing the truth around marijuana from every angle. Your question is pertinent – “Why are we not funding research to confirm what this drug is really and truly doing to us?” and why do we continue with it knowing we dont truly know the effects it is having on us, and on our world today?

    1. Correct Jane Keep – Simple Living Global has worked hard at doing our best to expose the Truth about Marijuana from every angle possible and bring it to the world in a simple and easy read style.
      The questions raised are serious and if more of us do not speak up then funding is not ever going to be made available for this harmfull drug that is doing damage that many do not really want to know about. Why?
      Why is there so little interest in getting this type of stuff out onto the news headlines and on billboards.
      Who is behind this? and the big question is – Who actually benefits?

    2. Could it be possible Jane that the reason we are not funding research to confirm what this drug is really doing to us is because we would have to face up to how big this global problem actually is.
      I say there needs to be more Responsibility from the governments but also the people need to ask more questions. Imagine making news headlines about Marijuana and spelling it out like this blog does.
      Instead we have newspapers reporting where the next marijuana kiosk is at the airport. Is this a way of advertising this harmful drug?
      Does this actually help us as a race of beings to deal with this out of control problem?
      Who makes up these laws and who is in authority?
      These are questions we should all be having so that it brings this topic to the front page of the news one day soon !

  6. Why do I see every single day people smoking joints?
    Why do I smell every single day marihuana?
    Why is there a coffee shop opposite my house?
    Why are there coffee shops in Amsterdam?
    Why do I see so many tourists walking around stoned?
    Why is marihuana legal in Holland?
    Why do I have to deal with this every single day?
    Why do we accept and tolerate this?
    What does this say about the country I live in?
    What is going on and has been going on for many many years?

    1. Thank you Mariette Reineke for writing from Holland where Marijuana is legal and you for one are asking the WHY questions. It is this asking and not accepting things as they are that will bring about change. Not saying anything, not questioning anything and simply going about our day like it does not affect us is not the answer.
      More of us need to know about the harmful affects of drugs and Simple Living Global is committed to bringing more awareness by writing blogs like this.
      No campaigning needed or ra ra here. Just expressing Truth in a simple style that is accessible to all.

    2. It’s so interesting to hear, Mariette, that legalising marijuana in Holland has had this big an impact – made smoking it so widespread.

      I wonder what proportion of the population is high day to day.

  7. Just in the news: over the last year the police in Holland discovered 16 pot fields a day. Most of them were found in people’s houses or in office buildings. 16……now what does this number tell us?

    1. This is huge what you are saying here Mariette and thank you for sharing. So what is not making sense is that Holland have legalised Marijuana and yet the police are saying they are discovering 16 pot fields a day. Hello.
      Have we gone bonkers. If it is legal why are the authorities concerned.
      Who is making the law?
      Who is the authority here?
      Why are we not asking more questions?
      Surely we can read between the lines and realise that something is not quite right and we have a duty to find out what is the Truth.

  8. Thank You Felix Kremer for your comment. As the author I did stop and take note that what you say is very important. This blog is very needed and has to go big. It was the word ‘big’ that made me stop. I realised a blog is not enough. This needs to reach more and more people, globally and in places like prisons where there is no internet.
    The politician bit made me laugh out loud as I have no intention ever of going down that road but I could sure advise them regarding drugs and new policy changes that are much needed.
    I most certainly care for people and it is for this reason that I am willing to spend around two weeks reading and researching to get a blog like this out there. A lot of hard work, time and effort has gone into this and I see it as an honour and a blessing that I have the ability and the resources to be able to do this for humanity, so the world is no longer unaware of the real Truth.

  9. I used to believe that pot was natural, harmless, more ‘peaceful’ than alcohol, something some needed to slow down or have fun… BUT I had to constantly convert all the evidence I saw and felt that did not match this picture I wanted to hold, for instance:
    *I’ve had many friends who could not stand to be without it-(this is significant) they were not OK w/out it & not themselves on it
    *It is not from a place of wellbeing that we want to get high… so is pot a true “fix” to correct our ills or just another “fix” to (temporarily) escape?
    *Iv’e had partners who used it daily to not-feel their anxiety & unhappiness but it never resolved anything; not a single thing… (Is this good medicine?)
    *I have felt that many people use it to help them not really care about anything
    *I’ve used it to escape and not deal with straightening my life out, even though…
    *It made me paranoid and that was horrible
    *I’ve used it not-to-be-myself & not to feel my inner voice asking me to get real
    *I’ve it to ignore the fact that I was not in loving company
    *Only a pot smoker could be OK with their child using pot and most of them are not… if it’s not good enough for our kids why is it good enough for us?
    *I feel we use it to get a form-of-happiness instead of building a life we can feel joyful in.(The easy way but a way that doesn’t get us ‘out’ of anything).

    I ask the question: “If we feel we “need” something, how open will we be to feeling/seeing indicators that “it” may not really be the positive thing we ‘need’ or ‘want’ it to be?

  10. This is brilliant information……..thankyou so much for aĺl you have done, in gathering all this truth on this drug and sharing it with us all. So much is happening in this world ànd we’re not getting the full truth. Thank you for exposing a part of it.

    1. Thank You Jody Bladin for your comment and appreciation of the hard work that went on to get this information out into the world. It was a huge task and something that Simple Living Global feels it can do, as it has a commitment to expressing Truth and bringing awareness through this website.
      I agree so much is happening in this world and those of us who have the ability need to speak up and spell it out literally in a simple accessible language so people get it.
      No fluff, no fancy words and no banging on trying to convert, preach or teach anyone anything. Just clear simple stuff that we all need to know about and then its up to us what we choose to do with this ‘brilliant information’ as you call it.

    2. I agree Jody, Simple Living Global are exposing the Truth of what is going on and thank goodness I say as without eye opening blogs like these and the commitment of the writer to share with the world what is happening, how else do we get to see more and understand what is going on?

      Today on my high street within 20 minutes, I saw two different sets of teenagers smoking cannabis. This is on a busy high road on a Saturday afternoon in an affluent area, no slum and there it is for all to see, the reality of what is going on for our youth of today. This would have been more hidden before, but as things are getting more intense, young people are smoking more and more cannabis openly.

      The key question as always is Why?

      Whats is going on for our youth of today that they are taking more and more cannabis?

      What is presented in this blog by Simple Living Global is well worth considering, if we are at all interested in getting to the root cause of this.

  11. When I read this Mariette it’s an example of how wayward and uncaring we have become and how harmful marijuana is to our bodies. This is the thing, anyone that smokes marijuana, if they’re really honest can tell you that they don’t feel vibrant and healthy. Just taking one drag of it into your lungs, our lungs are not left feeling spacious and expansive. We have become masters at lying to ourselves and not being honest about what our body is truly saying. Did we create this drug so that we don’t have to be honest and take Responsibility for our lives? Does it suit us to say that marijuana is healing so that we can continue to not take Responsibility for our lives?

    1. Great questions here Shevon and one that we should all be discussing at the dinner parties and at every other opportunity we have.
      The word RESPONSIBILITY sticks out here. How responsible are we that we create a harmful drug to alter our natural state so we move further away from who we truly are. Where is the intelligence in that and where on earth is this coming from? should be the question we all need to start asking.
      If we are honest is it because ‘it suits us to say Marijuana is healing, so we can continue to not take Responsibility’ as Shevon says in her comment.

  12. Listening to a discussion on radio this morning on legalising drugs what struck me was the emotion involved with everyone discussing. The way that the discussion was conducted detracted from the issue of drugs itself; it was like being in a war room. The panel were not united.

    This blog makes many points and this is one:

    ‘What is clear is that our laws about Marijuana are not unified across the globe and this divide is fuelling this illegal drug.’

    I agree. We are asking the wrong questions. We need to be asking WHY? we need Marijuana and at young and younger ages.

    Focusing on the debate on whether it should be legal or not and bringing in all sorts of clever arguments is not getting to the root of the problem and only leads to warfare like I witnessed in the radio discussion this morning.

    The top line is that this and every other drug are harmful to the human body – FACT. Any acceptance that this is not the case is just fuelling the problem.

    Simple Living Global is really onto something here. Just consider blogs like these –

    Questions, Questions http://simplelivingglobal.com/questions-questions/,

    The War Inside Us http://simplelivingglobal.com/the-war-inside-us/

    International Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking http://simplelivingglobal.com/international-day-against-drug-abuse-illicit-trafficking/ and

    World Day Against Trafficking in Persons http://simplelivingglobal.com/world-day-against-trafficking-in-persons/

    as well as this blog – Do we not then have the answer to the world’s drug problem and many other social issues in these blogs and on this website?

  13. Thanks Bina ,for your very informative and awesome article of Marijuana and its legalisation in so many places on the planet has got me wondering ,what the hell is going on? As a long term user in the past , I see many issues with the mind altering , and highly addictive marijuana and see that there is a lot of money involved with the large amount of dope addicts in the world . So could it be that in certain places governments want to be able to profit from the Tax of all weed sold?
    We dont really know the long term effects and for some the effects can be catastrophic ,and lead to permanent mental illness as so many medical statistics have proven . So we can say that it is not safe as it effects some people in such a negative way .
    I feel there is a high level of irresponsibility in humans and that to be able to light a joint or pipe and be in other dimension within minutes ,really attracts people as they feel they can escape feeling and the parts of life etc that they dont want to know about.
    As the world needs much more committed and clear workers and citizens , to help work through and clean up the mess we have made globally it really feels like another great manipulation of evil .
    By the the highly increased usage ” 30 fold since 1962″ and “There are 182.5 million Marijuana users globally (2014) (8)”
    This definitely would have to be contributing to the high rate of mental illness statistics world wide and leading people to depression and wanting to give up and not fully commit to life . Making for a larger human cargo of ill passengers in the ship we call life on earth.

    Theses statistics and questions are well worth – opening up the conversation about as we are talking a lot of users of a serious mind altering psychedelic substance – the so called soft, natural drug that causes behaviours that are not natural .

    1. “… the world needs much more committed and clear workers and citizens, to help work through and clean up the mess we have made globally…” – this really rings loud, Greg.

      In the UK, a bus driver has recently shared on social media, photographs showing the extent of drug abuse in Manchester and Wrexham in the north. There has apparently been a surge in the use of the drug ‘Spice’, a synthetic drug that is supposed to mimic the affects of cannabis. It is mixed with a tranquilliser for transporting large fish and it is so cheap it is turning into the new heroin or crack cocaine, particularly used by the homeless. He has described and photographed countless users in the streets, catatonic, ‘frozen’ upright like statues or falling face down from standing without putting out their hands. He has also shown the extent of drug paraphernalia left in public areas around the bus station.

      A couple of things strike me. Firstly, how quickly something like this takes hold and spreads. What is happening for these people that results in such an epidemic? And what was already happening, way before this point, that we weren’t looking at?

      Second, how shining a light on these very human problems can actually make a difference. The bus driver who chose to record and release what was going on said he wanted to show the reality of ‘every day life for the addicts that use there and the mess that they leave for the public…’, and that he wants ‘people to come together to find a solution…’ before deaths start happening. If talking about what we see makes a difference then don’t we have a responsibility to do that and to have really honest look at what’s going on?

      Here is the news article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-39178982

  14. Absolutely top comment Greg Jordan and thank you for taking the time to share and be honest about the fact that you were a long term user of Marijuana in the past.
    What the hell is going on as you say. In answer to your question about the profits made by legalising this drug, I feel there is some truth here. We have lost the plot and profits before people has become the norm in business and in governments.

    As you say we do not know the long term effects and what is clear is there is not enough funding going into research and our question should be Why not?
    Why is this huge global money making problem not at the top of all government agendas?
    I would say the statistics quoted are not real or accurate. I know many people who are not on that list and are most certainly addicted to Marijuana.
    True story – I had a man come to see me recently who was smoking 11 joints a day and working. He said his partner was also doing the same and my question is do employers turn a blind eye or do they know what is going on?
    I agree with you regarding the point you make about marijuana statistics contributing to mental health. I know from first hand experience and the obvious reason is, it is a mind altering drug as are all drugs including caffeine and alcohol.
    There is absolutely nothing natural about Marijuana and it is time to wake up world to that fact. This blog is confirmation of that fact.

  15. How is it possible that in this day and age we consider it okay and just part of our collective evolution if one person is signed off as being mentally ill from the use of a drug? Why is it that when the first person went off the rails we did not STOP and ask what is going on here… For is it possible that as a global community we turn our collective backs hoping that some one else will do it for us?
    As a young man I experimented with drugs of all varieties, my least favourite was Marijuana as it made me lose focus on what was real and actually made me very anxious and paranoid. Why do we choose to partake in drugs that actually send us into states of mind that harm our well being and consequently those around us? For me it was wanting to escape and using anything possible to hand – even if it was something I did not really like the experience of – every once in a while I would try it to see if the result was different – insanity?
    This article represents a new marker in the world for the truth on drugs, the truth on why we are choosing to escape ourselves; and the truth about what the authorities, those whom are usually voted in to oversee the global population, are actually doing about these people crushing issues. Thank you.

  16. What you say here Simple Living Global makes so much sense. I love the very common sense way that you look at things. It doesn’t make sense to me, that newspapers would use valuable space to report and in a way advertise that Marijuana is available at an airport kiosk. The harmfull effects of this drug are no joke. Increasingly in the work that I do, we see young people and adults deeply affected by drug induced psychosis from Marijuana use. In a recent meeting a professional shared that they had come across young people with drug induced psychosis as young as 13. If anyone close to us was affected by this drug in this way, we would be asking more questions, but at the end of the day as much as we might like to turn a blind eye, we are all part of one family called the human race and therefore we ALL do suffer the harmful effects of one person not reaching their potential and being ill affected by this drug. Treating the symptoms is not enough, we do need to be asking the WHY questions. WHY is Marijuana the most used drug? and WHY do we need it? In my view and from reading this article, any use of Marijuana for medicinal purposes is just as harmfull.

  17. Thank you Simple Living Global for this very enlightening blog. The statistics here are very shocking and shows the amount of people that are using this drug to check out on life. One of the details that stood out for me was the contradiction of the US Government. The official US website, whitehouse.gov, states that they have determined that Marijuana is dangerous and it is illegal to distribute and sell, but on the other hand, some states have made Marijuana legal. Surely logic dictates that you cant have the main Federal government saying something is illegal but then have individual states making their own rules.
    There is no logic in this so the question is: what is the real reason behind allowing this contradictory policy?
    We can only speculate as to the reasons but, what is not speculation, is the message it sends.

  18. Canada is set to make the use of recreational marijuana legal in the Spring of 2017.

    Research has found that people are more likely to use marijuana if it is legal.
    http://globalnews.ca/news/2995390/canada-will-see-900000-new-pot-smokers-under-legalization-poll-implies/

    In 2016 more states in the USA legalised the use of marijuana. We have California and Massachusetts who legalised adults (those over 21) to use/possess marijuana.
    Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas legalised the ‘medical’ use of marijuana.

    On 1st January 2017 the possession and use of marijuana for recreational use became legal in Nevada.
    Maine is close behind where the drug could become legal by the end of January 2017/the beginning of February.
    http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/19/maines-new-marijuana-law-may-take-effect-by-end-of-january/

    This really is a case of supply and demand as it is actually us, the people, who are voting for marijuana to become legal. The citizens are asking for it and therefore there will always be a steady supply from the drugs industry.

    We can’t blame the governments or the people who deal and traffick marijuana – collectively is time we started asking WHY we need marijuana?

    Whether we smoke marijuana or not, is it time for us to truly contemplate the questions in this stupendous article so that we can dig deep and understand why we desire something that is harming us all so much?

  19. Research published in the Psychopharmacology Journal states that scientists have confirmed that cannabis users who inhale a small amount are less likely to choose a high-effort task while intoxicated.
    It will raise fears that long-term use of the drug could affect an individual’s motivation even when they are not high.

    We deal quite often with youngsters who are high achievers before they start smoking cannabis, but see their grades drop considerable as a result.
    Lucy Dawe – Cannabis Skunk Sense Charity

    It has always been know that cannabis is a depressant and slows everything down, so it is hardly surprising that if you smoke cannabis you would end up less motivated to do what you planned.
    Harry Shapiro –Director Drugwise

    If this blog is taken seriously then this news is simply a confirmation.
    Lets join the dots here and keep it simple.

    Even a small amount of cannabis has an effect.
    Our youth who choose to take it suddenly see their grades drop.
    This drug is a depressant and this is a known side effect.

    How many more scientific studies and research and research do we need to tell us without any doubt that ALL drugs alter our natural state of being and that means they are harmfull?
    We can of course ignore certain facts as it suits our own lifestyle or we may need to not challenge these things as it upsets others.
    We may know of friends and family or work colleagues who are hooked on the stuff and we see it as a ‘tiny’ bit of harm so its ok.
    We may know our kids are on it and so better we keep our mouths shut.
    We may simply be afraid that by speaking out we will be attacked by those who champion and defend it as a drug that is good for us.

    If we all sit back in silence, ignore scientific evidence like this, then we can comfortably say the statistics in this blog will increase.
    If we truly want real change that is lasting, then it maybe wise to start with our blog –
    Get Real, Get Honest and Get to Truth
    http://simplelivingglobal.com/get-real-get-honest-and-get-to-truth/

  20. There is an article in the daily mail recently about a drug called ‘Spice’.

    I had never heard of this drug before and was shocked at what I was seeing and reading.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4302806/Spice-synthetic-drug-turns-users-living-dead.html

    Looking at the pictures in the Daily Mail of the users, the word ‘Zombie’ seems very apt.

    Spice was first produced as a supposedly ‘safe’ cannabis alternative and was available from a legal high shop. It looked like a cigarette and was odourless which was one reason why users felt no need to hide their habit.

    Because of a new law that came in last May, which banned all psychoactive substances said to impact mental health, these legal high shops were only closed down, belatedly by the government, because of several deaths.

    Cannabis itself is very harmful. According to some experts, one spice joint is like smoking 100 cannabis joints and you can get addicted to it within 3 days.

    With the above figures, one can see how addictive and catastrophic this drug is.

    One reason why Spice has emerged so quickly is the price and ease in which to make the drug. With it being less risky than importing drugs like heroin and cocaine, Spice is a very desirable alternative.

    Manchester seems to be the centre of this issue but it is rapidly spreading to other cities and the drug is very prevalent in some prisons. The Piccadilly area of Manchester is now a no-go area for the police.

    The efficacy of this drug is quite startling and has the potential to become an epidemic.

    The lifeless, comatose photos of the users in the Daily Mail is a huge message to the authorities to stamp out this extremely harmful substance.

    Thousands of lives have already been ruined and with the cheap price and availability of this drug, thousands more will be ruined.

    1. Tim Bower, what you say about this synthetic drug, spice, got my attention.
      I looked at the article and, like you, I am shocked (and I’m not easily shocked).

      I know people who would choose total non-existence in a heartbeat if such a thing really existed, I have seen people try to choose self annihilation when they have given up on life and I know those who have tried to avoid consciousness by taking high levels of sleeping and pain drugs during the dying process…

      …but there is no drug, no pill, no amount of money or fame, there is no one anywhere, not even death or God who can ‘take it all away’ for us because it is ours; our creation, our responsibility, our learning.

      No one can stop the nightmares of even the deepest drugged sleep, no one can erase the situation we have created through our many ill choices…

      …except ourselves. By making new choices, choices that are for us not against us, choices that are supportive and honoring, choices that are steps toward ourselves and not further away we can return to our natural sense of well being and true way of living.

      I know this is true as I have witnessed this transformation in many people and I too am living proof that making choices to get Back to Basics and support one’s foundation does turn life around.

      So this synthetic drug, Spice, annihilates a person ‘on-the-cheap’ but there is a HUGE cost; it is only going to offer the furthest reaches of torment without an ounce of true relief.

      Those trying to buy oblivion (in any way) will not escape the fact that they will wake up much deeper in the hell they already thought unbearable…

      Can we afford to look the other way because this extreme is only happening to poor people, homeless people or those who are deeply given up?

      Has it gotten bad enough yet or do we wait until it gets worse?

      It is time each of us looks at what it is we are trying to escape form; by shopping, hoarding, hiding in luxury, hiding in misery, playing small, doing good deeds, using socially acceptable recreations or other distractions, using drugs, numbing out, avoiding people, avoiding life, blissing our, checking out, going hard etc. etc…

      because, although we have different outlets available to us we all carry the same discomfort and potential within…

      could the discomfort be there because we do not allow our potential?

      I know we are all in this together.

  21. https://consumer.healthday.com/public-health-information-30/marijuana-news-759/pot-use-tied-to-higher-odds-for-stroke-heart-failure-720422.html

    New research analyzing millions of U.S. medical records suggest that marijuana use raises an adult’s risk of stroke and heart failure.

    Researchers looked at 20 million health records of patients across more than a thousand hospitals.

    If we just stop here, consider the cost of this enormous task to prove that something is going on with those who take this mind altering substance.

    Of course the classic line remains “more research will be needed”. This is because we as the public keep asking for more and the more is never enough and we all know research goes out of date even before we get the information.
    So here we are in 2017 and this research which they call ‘new’ is dated 2009-2010.

    The question is – what is the real truth if this study was done today?

    This news article says “..the researchers concluded that marijuana use was independently associated with a 26% increased risk of stroke and a 10% increased risk of heart failure.

    Of course we have those who defend and disagree with this and so back to the drawing board we go, asking for more and more research.

    What we all need to consider as individuals is our own personal Responsibility as society gives us this free will thing, which means do what you want. So if we honestly think that there is a safe way to take cannabis and other drugs then it is our choice.

    Could it be possible that the sensible and wise approach would be to educate and be well informed, so we can come to the decision as to whether this blog and comments like this make sense and are spelling something out, that may support our true health and well being?

    Finally, do we all need to hang around and wait for more findings to be published in peer-reviewed journals to validate them or can we make our own minds up with a dose of common sense?

    1. It is a yes from me Simple Living Global. A dose of common sense, to educate and inform, as does this website and blogs, is a great way to address the enormity of this problem. Practical simple ways to take responsibility, change lifestyle habits and choices in all areas of life are all here on this site.

      Back to basics with Simple Choices is there for us all to change our world, and the quality we live our lives… together.

  22. There was a recent article in the news about marijuana – http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/oxford-university-medical-marijuana-research-programme-10-million-neuroscience-zameel-cader-kingsley-a7633596.html – with research into its potential use for medical purposes. It states:
    “Calls for cannabis to be legalised for medical use have been growing in the UK, with some MPs urging the Government to change the plant’s status under current drug laws so it can be prescribed by doctors for conditions including chronic pain and anxiety.
    But the Home Office has said there are no plans to make the “harmful drug” legal.” – so why are we spending £10 million on researching it when it is, harmful, and illegal? doesnt make sense?

  23. This is a real reality check of an article Simple Living Global thank you. Reading it I have learned much about this drug, it’s harmful effects, the huge number of people taking this globally, and the seriousness of the problem we have as a humanity with it. ‘Recreational’ doesn’t seem to fit at all with a substance that causes so much harm.

    The effects on the brain, awareness, psychological and physiological wellbeing are very concerning with enormous numbers of people using this drug. It makes me question that not only does it cause such level of harm on the health and lives of the people using it, but also what is the knock on effect on everyone in their lives too?

  24. Well I wrote this blog as it has my name at the top and so I have to be aware that it may not make me popular as there are many who would not agree with what is being said in this blog.
    So more and more people are looking at ways to relieve pain with medical marijuana and we want it legalised for both social and medical reasons.
    The question we need to all be asking is what is the real cost here to society and if this drug was so great then how come some governments are not making it legal?

    Are we choosing to ignore the real harm, for whatever reason, because it suits us and our lifestyle?

    Are we unwilling to admit that we may actually be wanting this as it helps us to numb out and check out from the ugly stuff going on in our lives?

    Take it from me who has lived experience with working with people taking this substance and they all say they wish they never started, as it gets you hooked. For many it has ruined relationships, affected their work and sleep. For some it has led to a life of more alcohol, drugs and crime.

  25. Marijuana is hailed as Americans next big market.

    In this article Fresh Toast state that ‘according to Forbes, the marijuana industry was estimated to be worth $7,200,000,000 (billion) in 2016 and is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 17%.’

    https://thefreshtoast.com/cannabis/the-us-is-set-to-be-left-out-of-the-7-2-billion-marijuana-industry/

    The article also states that medical marijuana is a ‘growth industry’. However marijuana is still a schedule 1 drug in the US, which means that it has “no currently accepted medical use”

    In 2015, arrests for marijuana in the US outweighed those made for all violent crimes COMBINED, including murder and rape, according to the NGO Human Rights Watch.

    It gets worse –

    Mexico have passed a bill authorising marijuana for medical and scientific purposes.

    Mexican marijuana is now a commercial good.

    Medical marijuana is expected to bring in between $1,000,000,000 – $2,000,000,000 over the next 10 years.

    This is big BUSINESS.

    Canada’s medical marijuana market is expected to be $1,000,000,000 by 2020.
    Whilst recreational marijuana’s prospects are $22,600,000,000.

    The main thread of the article in this link is about how the US will miss out on this multi-billion dollar industry if the new administration proceed with their zero support for marijuana stance.

    Nevertheless the article provides some shocking statistics on how big this industry is.

    It is no surprise really as anything that does harm to the human body, usually has a large money making interest behind it – otherwise it would not exist.

    I know there are many supporters of marijuana being legalised, but to be honest whether it’s legalised or not the most potent form of addressing all of the issues that go along with this drug like poor mental health, poor physical health, subsequent unemployment or inability to be present at work and in daily tasks, crime, relationship breakdowns and homelessness is to educate on the harms and really ask WHY we need it?

    We have gone way beyond the to legislate or not legislate argument. I work in the homelessness sector and have seen young people lose it as they go into psychosis as a result of this drug and therefore from my lived experience there cannot be any true good or medicinal use from this drug.

    Just reading this article from Simple Living Global on marijuana is enough to let us know that marijuana has no healing benefits.

  26. An article from ABC News, May 2017, says ‘Doctors are worried about increased marijuana use in pregnant women’.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/doctors-worried-increased-marijuana-pregnant-women/story?id=47745458

    The use of marijuana continues to climb as more and more states legalise the drug and the number of pregnant women using it is starting to concern doctors.

    The American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ACOG) recommend pregnant women avoid marijuana due to evidence that it affects the foetus and that it may interfere with brain development.

    The article states that 14% of pregnant women aged between 12-17 reported using the drug in the past month, compared to 6% of non-pregnant women using the drug.

    Experts believe that the acceptance of marijuana – recreational and medicinal – is playing a significant role in the drug’s popularity.

    Between 2001-2013 Marijuana use in the USA has more than doubled and the rates of pregnant women using it has jumped from 2.4% to 3.9% in 2001-2014 respectively.

    One reason could be that some people use marijuana for nausea, so women who are pregnant may think the drug is a ‘natural’ way to combat morning sickness.

    An addiction psychiatrist and the past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine says, “That is unfortunate because it implies that it is safe. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.”

    In the USA, if a pregnant woman is using marijuana, the doctor has an obligation to notify Child Protective Services and if the woman doesn’t stop using the drug, they run the risk of losing the baby.

    With all the evidence pointing to the fact that marijuana is very harmful, why are the doctors only concerned with pregnant women?

    Of course they should be very concerned as marijuana, like alcohol, alters our natural state and this has an effect on our entire body which includes the foetus of a pregnant woman but marijuana is just as harmful to all people, pregnant or not, so why aren’t the doctors giving them the same amount of concern?

    The questions I would like answered though, is, if marijuana is known to be exceptionally harmful, how can ‘medicinal marijuana’ be justified and why are there some states in the USA that have legalized this drug?

  27. An article from “refinery29” talks about how a medical marijuana dispensary in the US has just started to make “weed pizza’s”.

    http://www.refinery29.com/2017/06/158246/marijuana-dispensary-pot-pizza

    They found that adding marijuana to not only sweet foods but savoury foods as well, went down a treat.

    They also sell marijuana infused olive oil and peanut butter and they are currently working on a vegan mayonnaise.

    This story is by no means a surprise to me but the statement at the bottom of the article from refinery29 is worth mentioning – it reads:

    ‘Refinery29 in no way encourages illegal activity and would like to remind its readers that marijuana usage continues to be an offence under Federal Law, regardless of State marijuana laws’.

    If federal law is what the USA abides by, and federal law says that the use of marijuana is illegal, how is it possible that individual states are able to make their own legislation?

    How has a harmful and addictive drug like marijuana been able to become legalized in several states?

    What will stop individual states making other drugs or crimes legal?

    Is it possible that this paradoxical policy of whether marijuana is illegal or not is making the enforcement of the federal law unattainable?

    Is it not ridiculous that federal law says marijuana is illegal but there are shops that are selling marijuana infused foods?

    1. When we have states ‘allowing’ things which are illegal on a federal level we have to consider Tim’s question:
      “What will stop individual states making other drugs or crimes legal?”

      The legalization of marijuana is a supply and demand issue but do we understand what is behind our demand?

      We need to consider that when we feel we ‘need’ something we do not discern if it is truly good for us or not; we will rationalize anything to get that ‘need’ met.

      What if pot is needed not to feel the pain of not living our life true to who we are?

      What if medicating this pain prevents us the chance to get to the root of our issues?

      What if the growing use and acceptability of pot is actually taking us further from our natural ability to feel what is going on and make the changes needed to heal and live our lives as who we truly are?

  28. An article from ‘edition.cnn.com’ talks about ‘A catch-22 of medical marijuana transplants’:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/31/health/medical-marijuana-organ-transplants-explainer/index.html

    A rise in the use of medical marijuana has spurred a debate about organ transplantation and it is changing some laws across the nation.

    A kidney patient was removed from an organ donation list due to his use of medical marijuana because of a health risk associated with the drug.

    The patient is now speaking out in support of a bill in Maine that would prohibit hospitals from determining a patient’s suitability for transplantation solely on the basis of medical marijuana use.

    Several other states have already passed similar legislation.

    Whether or not we feel the transplantation of organs should be done is our own personal opinion, but is it possible there is a bigger question here?

    Is it possible that there is a level of hypocrisy here when a patient is offered medical marijuana by doctors, then they are told by the same doctors that they cant have a different treatment because of that same medical marijuana?

    Is it possible that medical marijuana is just being used as a convenient way of keeping people quiet?

    Is it possible that the medical world needs to look at the use of a scientific proven harmful drug that is being used to medically suppress someone’s pain?

    Marijuana may have some pain relief properties for some people but is it possible that the pain relief is simply because we are checking out and it has the same affect as alcohol – it just numbs us?

    Is it possible that medical marijuana is not helping the issue but simply getting a patient addicted to this drug?

    Whatever the short term benefits of medical marijuana, the simple fact is that it is a proven harmful drug that alters our natural state and can possibly cause greater complications further down the road.

  29. This blog is eye opening… it spells out what I feel we already know but have felt too overwhelmed or too comfortable to deal with…

    (Link below to an article about the increasingly popular synthetic versions of marijuana.)

    These compounds are far stronger than the plant itself, causing more extreme reactions such as psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia… this is heavy duty drug.

    I have been noticing a strong trend in advertising to appeal to our growing desire for better health, for more natural, local, sustainable products…

    What I see is that we need to deal with our willingness to be fooled.

    Do we have the luxury to continue seeing anything to do with marijuana as friendly?

    Can we stop and consider if what the author of this blog has to say makes sense – that we are all reaching for more and more intense ways of distraction away from the louder and louder voice, feeling of discomfort from inside us?

    Are we willing to ask what is this anxiety, empty feeling, unrest that we trying to muffle trying to tell us?

    If we listen to the messenger doesn’t he stop delivering the message?

    Marijuana plays out differently in society than alcohol; I feel the destructive effects are more internal, less obvious at first, than the violence associated with alcohol use.

    In this article (link below) we are asked to consider the health of the more vulnerable groups in society such as homeless people, young people and anyone with previous psychological issues.

    I often speak with homeless people, or attempt to – many of them have lost touch with the world around them.

    To lose the ability to sense what is going on in such a way that there is no direct way to communicate has to be the most intense illusion of utter separation.

    I can fathom nothing more painful or terrifying than to feel so utterly alone, forgotten and out of reach of love, care and human interaction.

    So the effects of us not getting real, getting honest and getting truthful about the empty feeling we carry within and medicate in various ways can be very devastating.

    Can we afford to continue not to deal with what does not feel right?

    Can we live with the consequences of our continual seeking out ways of escaping what we don’t want to feel when people are literally loosing themselves by the fact that the ‘comforts’ they can afford and reach push them over the edge?

    Every time I get a glimpse into the windows of someone’s eyes, I know it is worth facing our every hurt and coming back to who we are.

    https://theconversation.com/what-is-spice-and-why-is-the-drug-so-dangerous-60600

  30. It’s interesting how many people will swap alcohol for marijuana – acknowledging the harms of alcohol – particularly if they have a medical condition – and ignoring the fact that there are any possible harms from marijuana use.

    I know many young people who drink little alcohol but smoke marijuana daily.

    The rise in the use of ‘medical’ marijuana, is not helping the issue.

    Reading both the blogs on Alcohol and Marijuana on the Simple Living Global website leave me in no doubt of the harms of both.

  31. https://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/misc-dental-problem-news-174/marijuana-may-make-your-gums-go-to-pot-723112.html

    A new study by Columbia University School of Dental Medicine, published in the Journal of Periodontology is suggesting that people who frequently use Marijuana are twice as likely to have periodontal disease. It is well known that tobacco use increases the risk of gum disease.

    We are at a time where legalisation of recreational and medical marijuana is increasing its use and we all need to be aware of these possible side effects.

    It would be true to say that scientific studies are always going to come up with stuff in support and against drugs of any kind.

    Would it be wise for us all to just be honest and get real, put our common sense hat on and join the dots?
    Marijuana alters our natural state.
    Period as they say in USA.
    Full stop as they say in UK.

    Are there really any more studies needed when our innate intelligence knows absolutely that something is not right with any drug taking and it harms our body?

  32. It looks like marijuana is becoming even more mainstream.

    There are now marijuana strains to match TV shows. The strains have been specifically created to alter the physical and mental state of the person taking them, depending on the mood that would most complement the show. E.g. more laughter inducing for a comedy, emotion inducing for a drama or hallucinogenic for a fantasy.

    With all the side effects of marijuana, why is it becoming so mainstream? Why are well known companies getting in on the action?

    Why are we not questioning this more?

    1. You make some really valid points here Jennifer, the use of marijuana and other derivatives from the hemp plant have become far too normal and acceptable.

      I recently stepped into a health food store and saw that they were selling cannabis oil. This is a shop that I have been going to for 10+years and was quite surprised as I know the owners.

      On my next visit I asked the owner why they were selling it and she said as it is really good and it is not the same as the marijuana that sends people crazy as it is a different part of the hemp plant. She said that she had tried it and it had helped her to sleep.

      My question is and was to her – How can a plant produce something extremely harming like marijuana but the rest of it be OK?

      CBD – cannabidiol is the part of the hemp plant heralded to have the amazing healing properties in cannabis oil.

      I have read literature about cannabis oil and many people are talking about pain going away after taking the oil or back problems improving. It’s popular because it’s legal but at one time many drugs that are now illegal were legal.

      I am dubious of any true healing effects of cannabis oil.

      Anything that does not get to the root cause of any issue is harmful in my view and has nothing to do with health, healing, wellness or well-being.

      There is no true healing in anything that takes away pain without the patient understanding fully why that pain has come about in the first place.

  33. I was talking to an ex-heavy smoker of marijuana and she was sharing how it often begins.

    So you are in a group; someone passes round a joint. Everyone is watching – you smoke it. You hang out with this group a fair bit. You smoke what is passed around. After a while, you feel bad you are not contributing and passing around your own.

    So you buy some.

    You learn to roll your own.

    You pass it around.

    Now you have it at home so you also smoke on your own.

    People come over to your house and you pass yours around.

    The cycle begins again…

  34. Due to the demand for medical marijuana, we now have universities issuing degrees in Marijuana!

    What is going on?

    Have we well and truly lost the plot?

    How can a degree in Marijuana be of any use to mankind?

    If I am not mistaken degrees are advanced level studies which enable people to be experts in subject matters particularly for employment and career purposes?

    What are the career prospects of someone who has a degree in Marijuana?

    Will we now have legal dealers?

    How does this evolve humanity?

    How does an illicit substance become a legal one just because we say so?

    Should we be asking more questions about ‘medical marijuana’ and why the demand for this is there?

    Marijuana for ‘medical’ use is often used to numb pain.

    Are we asking why we are so ill and in so much pain that we will do anything and take anything to numb it?

    Are more questions needed like asking what type of pain it is we are choosing to numb?

    Is it simply physical or is it possible that there is a deeper emotional pain that needs to be addressed?

    Could it be possible that the complete denial of the root cause of any issue and the choice to bury emotional pain is behind all of this?

  35. Things have gone from bad to worse.

    A friend who keeps me informed on what is going on in the world, sent me an article yesterday on the new ‘it’ beauty product – cannabidiol (CBD).

    http://simplelivingglobal.com/have-we-lost-the-plot/

    CBD is being put into beauty products that hydrate skin, relieve swollen spots and reduce under eye bags.

    There is also research being carried out into the use of cannabis in dermatology treatment.

    Cannabis is even being used as a fragrance in some products and is used in lip balms and in fibre papers for blotting oily skin, papers that can also be used for rolling cannabis joints.

    We get the picture – so no longer are people just smoking cannabis or eating cakes but there is such a craving for it that we are prepared to have it seep through our pores into our precious bodies under the guise of beauty treatments.

    Where is this going to go to next and have we lost the plot?

    Could it be possible that there is something seriously wrong with the way that we are living that leads us to crave and seek cannabis in anyway possible?

    Surely this is not a healthy and eau natural way to live.

    I will continue to speak up about cannabis and any other harmfull but yet acceptable products in the world as we all deserve to know the Truth about what is really harming us.

  36. Dr Max – 3rd June 2017

    Reports that the link between cannabis and psychosis is well established.

    He also says that research is emerging that in some people, the use of cannabis can shrink the orbitofrontal cortex in the brain. One of the orbitofrontal’s responsibility’s is empathy.

    This shrinkage can have a very damaging affect in social interactions.

    Max shares how he has received backlash from people who are pro-cannabis, in response to a previous article he had written about the detrimental effect cannabis use can have in one’s interactions with others.

    Most of the messages he received were from people aggressively stating that cannabis does not make people aggressive: Max points out the irony.
    A friend of his was even contacted and threatened.

    I have worked in a sector for the last 13 years where most of the client group smoke cannabis. I have seen first hand how aggressive people can become when using it.

    The difficulty I have found is that there is often no awareness of the connection between the aggression and cannabis use that it can be very difficult to speak with them about it, as they have no insight.

    Max concludes the article by saying the following:

    ‘A study published earlier this year by an eminent professor of psychiatry looked at cannabis use and violence in the U.S. and found that the drug was the single most common variable in violent crimes.

    The paper concluded: ‘Greater marijuana accessibility, resulting in more use, will lead to increased health risks in all demographic categories across the U.S…’

    Cannabis is very harmfull, no matter how we may try to dress it up.

  37. Now that marijuana is legal in so many states in the US, I have been reading about how companies are putting it into coffee, particularly in to ‘cold brew’ coffee.

    So people can now discreetly drink their marijuana.

    And the experience is a very ‘normal’ coffee-type experience, rather than a drug or smoking-type experience.

    You can balance the ‘hit’ of coffee and the ‘taking the edge off’ of marijuana.

    For how long will we continue to push the limits of experimentation and indulgence?
    It seems the products will keep pace with us, either way.

  38. I recently read a news article that stated that in one country people can smoke cannabis if they are of a certain religion. In this particular case a man was let off after being found with a couple of ounces of cannabis. He claimed that it was a sacred herb used for meditation.

    So what happens – does a harmfull substance suddenly become un-harming because it is being used for religious purposes?

    Do we believe that it suddenly becomes sacrosanct?

    If this is the case this is a great illusion. Cannabis is harming whether it is used for ‘religious’ reasons or not and so I have to ask – what kind of religion and connection with God would allow the use of a harmfull substance?

    Is it possible that we are being lied to here?

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