My psychotic friend Mike from high school calls me every now and then to say hello. Mike was the smartest kid I ever knew – and also the most pot-smoking, acid-dropping, high-all-the-time kid. Vulnerable boys usually have their first psychotic breaks around age 20, and Mike has had about one hospitalization every year. He´s incurable and can´t hold a job or have a family, and his friendly phone calls are always the same weird word salad. He´s schizophrenic, but he wants to say he loves me, and I tell him the same. His learning ability seems frozen. To learn any new
Comments: Jerry Brown thinks the rules of science don´t apply to him.
You don´t need a scientific study to establish this, it is a fact to anyone who grew up during the 1960s and saw which friends were chronic potheads and how they turned-out. The potheads became dead-end idiots who never left their little world, stayed in the same menial loser jobs and did just enough to afford their pot and then spend all weekend smoking it. In the young adult years you couldn´t stand being around them because anywhere you went or anything that you did, they always had to have their bag and dugout with them and burning the skunk weed any time they got a chance. Then, you had to worry about being pulled over by the police with them in the car.
Now shall I tell you a story about somebody who smokes Demon Reefer, who´s still functional and productive?
Is reefer-smoking bad for you?
I would NEVER dispute that... for the very reasons laid down by Mr. Lewis in this article.
BUT - tobacco is bad for you. Alcohol is bad for you. Sugar and salt are bad for you, if consumed in excess. Should the Government be the Ingestion Police?
The author is correct... encourage your kids NOT to smoke pot. Especially chronically. If nothing else, a chronic dope smoker is robbing him/herself of other more creative pursuits, during the hours, days and years spent toking up. But let´s get the government out of the Doper Prosecution business... prohibition has failed.
I watched two young college friends flush their lives down the weed hole when I was a freshman. Another guy on the same floor in my dorm was smoking a lot of it, too. I lost track of him when we changed dorms.
Ran into him again at an air show in about 2005, 40 yrs after graduation. He was working in a booth selling sunglasses at an airshow. He was studying engineering like I was when we started out as freshmen. I spent over 40 yrs making a good life in engineering, flew my own plane to the airshow and never smoked weed. My roommate also avoided it, and retired a millionaire builder a few years ago.
Smoke dope and fail. Avoid it and you might succeed.
Science articles aside, if one wishes to see what smoking marijuana does to a brain, just take a good look at the former boyfriend of Linda Ronstandt, the current hippy-dippy Jerry Brown. Together they (allegedly) smoked their brains out while living in a tent on the beach.
I went to art school in the 70’s and briefly dated a guy who was an extremely talented ceramics major. He was sweet, funny and cute but he was a pothead who smoked his first joint of the day before getting out of bed. He flunked out halfway through senior year because he had no motivation and was too stoned to complete his assignments.
I broke it off because I was getting ready to head out into the world to pursue my career and he was obviously going nowhere.
A few years ago, he contacted me and I learned that he had never married and never held down a job except for a short stint working in a frame shop and another one as a gardener. Now he survives by house sitting for people while they are on vacation.
The problem with pot is that every brain is individual with the vulnerabilities and weaknesses that go with individuality. The user has no idea what his brain can tolerate. He is not using his brain when he’s using. If anything he’s trying to get away from his brain, become dreamily mind-less. Without a brain for a while.
Schizophrenia and pot use are settled science. So is the loss of depth perception that affects pot users who drive our freeways and city streets and rural roads.
Deny away. I tried it once. The so-called “reward” wasn’t worth the risks.
I have said the following before, but a am going to repeat my thoughts on mind altering drugs:
Laws nor preaching against mind altering drugs, as I´m doing here, will NOT correct the problem. There MUST be an awaking among our citizens that there are NO upsides to using them. I am optimistic about that happening.
Only parents/guardians can nurture, guide, and discipline their wards. The government can´t.
FACT: Every hard-core drug user started out using pot. That is settled science. However, not every pot-user ends up taking hard-core drugs, but do you want your children to take that chance?
Once man´s freewill is compromised through alcohol OR pot then it´s only a short step to the next risk they have placed in front of them. Without the normal "fears" in the normal mind the chemically deranged brain will often choose to "jump."
Contrary to what the Pot Lobby says, Pot IS a "Gateway" drug. George Soros is a big proponent of liberality toward all drug use, but that´s the precursor to a national takeover.
The effects of THC are also well documented and they´re NOT good for human cellular metabolism.
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