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The Dangers of Marijuana - Now and for Our Future.

 

      The biggest danger of cannabis (a.k.a. pot, marijuana, dope etc.) is its deceptive nature. It is a mind-altering, psychoactive drug, but its immediate effect on people is not nearly as intense as most other drugs, and it is almost impossible to overdose on it. So many people don't consider it dangerous. Former U.S. President Barack Obama once told the New Yorker magazine concerning pot: "I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol." (Ref. 1)

     The big difference is that alcohol is usually out of your system within 24 hours. On the other hand, THC, the principal psychoactive constituent of pot, is initially taken up in the lungs, heart, brain, and liver, and then stored in the body, including in the brain and in neutral fat for extended periods of time. (Ref. 2) The longer you smoke, the more it affects you. In addition, it's not only the smoke. Cannabis edibles can have ingredients like hash oil, which can have up to 90% THC content, whereas the THC in pot smoke rarely goes above 30%. (Ref. 3) So the majority of effects mentioned on this website apply to both smoke and edibles.

     The short-term effects of marijuana, while you're enjoying your "high," include problems with memory and learning, distorted perception, difficulty in thinking and problem solving. (Ref. 4) And you get bloodshot eyes as a bonus. Do you remember Richard Rojas, the guy who drove through a crowd of people in Times Square, New York with his car, killing one person and injuring 20 on May 18, 2017? Police found, and he later admitted, that he used synthetic marijuana laced with PCP before the event. (Ref. 5) So once the "high" from marijuana becomes "normal," people move on to more potent forms.

      Cannabis has many other dangerous effects. As time goes on, it can cause respiratory diseases and mental disorders such as schizophrenia. There are 33 cancer-causing chemicals contained in marijuana, and it usually deposits about four times more tar in the lungs than when smoking tobacco. (Ref. 6)(Ref. 7)

     It harms babies in the womb, is addictive and is a major "gateway drug" that leads to harder drugs. (See more details and supporting references on "The Research on Marijuana" page.)

     So while it is giving people a high and making them feel so good, it is simultaneously lulling them to sleep and gradually destroying parts of their body and mind. But due to the effect on their brains and nervous systems, they become less aware that this is happening, so they think everything is just fine.

     It's a bit like the boiling frog metaphor, where if you put a frog in a pot of hot water it will jump out, but if the water is cold and you boil it very slowly, it will stay in and get boiled to death.

 
Boiling frogs - smoking pot

     Although studies have shown that the frog will eventually jump out anyway, I haven't found any studies yet on frogs that smoke pot. Impaired frogs may stay in. But the boiling frog has become a common and powerful metaphor for the inability of people to become aware of threats that arise gradually.


Spiritual aspects

     It is not only detrimental to your body and mind, but also to your soul and spirit. Renowned spiritual leaders Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet said this about pot: "Relying on their own personal experiences, marijuana users believe that it is harmless because they perceive no difficulties. They do not perceive the difficulties because their faculties of perception are being destroyed while they use it. And so they have a receding level of the ability to discern within themselves levels of their own God-awareness. Day by day they perceive no harm because marijuana is destroying not only the physical senses but the senses of the soul. This is one of the most subtle dangers of marijuana and most other psychedelic drugs. The user is rendered incapable of detecting the changes in himself. ... And having lost the tie to life, the way is opened to experimenting with heroin and other hard drugs." (Ref. 8)


The dangers of Cannabis for our future

Cannabis in the history of Egypt.



     Marijuana researcher Dr. Gabriel Nahas found that some of the greatest effects of widespread marijuana use were felt in Egypt long ago. (The research quoted below is from events that happened in the 13th century and is not a reflection on the wonderful current-day Egyptian people.) Dr. Nahas says: "According to the Arab historian Magrizy, hashish was first introduced in the thirteenth century at a time when Egypt was flourishing culturally, socially, and economically. First, the drug was accepted and used primarily by the wealthier classes as a form of self-indulgence. When the peasants adopted the habit, though, it was as a means of alleviation of the dreariness of their daily life." (Ref. 9)

     It's difficult to know exactly what effect cannabis had on Egypt, but Dr. Nahas continues, "the appearance of cannabis products in the Middle East did coincide with a long period of decline during which Egypt fell from the status of a major power to the position of an agrarian slave state, exploited by a series of Circassian, Turkish, and European rulers. As often happens, the very decline of the nation prompted the increased use of what may have hastened its fall." (Ref. 10)

     Eventually, Egyptian rulers took radical steps to try to outlaw cannabis, but it was too late. The population was non-responsive. Napoleon ran into the same problem. After the French conquered Egypt in 1798, one officer noted, "The mass of the male population is in a perpetual state of stupor."(Ref. 11)

 
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A Major Wake-up Call

     This story of Egypt is a major wake-up call to us today! We may think that in our modern, advanced society today in the West that the fate of Egypt will not happen to us. That's probably exactly what the Egyptians thought when they were a major world power.

     It's time for us to get some spine and some enlightened courage and take a strong stand to stop this infestation of cannabis into our society that will contribute to destroying our youth, who are our future, and destroy our principles and way of life. We all know this at a soul level. But doing something will take us out of our comfort zone. The trouble with comfort zones is that if we stay there, they lead to complacency and eventually to death, the death of the soul and then the body, which is exactly the way marijuana works.

     Those who support and promote cannabis have a long list of reasons why they think it is a good idea, and you will hear them all when you take a stand against it.

     We have so much going for us without drugs. We were created in the image and likeness of God. We have the inner potential to achieve as much or more than any of the great geniuses, leaders and inspired examples who have gone before us. Our destiny is reunion with God, as we are His children. But we've been brought up believing the mass media that life is all about getting more possessions and acknowledgement (including social media likes) and comfort from something outside of us. It is not. We already have God within us, no matter what religion or path we follow. Life is about developing and using the talents we already have to give to others, including helping those who are being drawn in to all these activities and substances that are not of God. In a way, this is Armageddon of the soul. We need to fight with all our might to turn around the drug culture, among other things, and especially marijuana, as its deceptive nature is pulling so many people in.

     We have lots of resources to roll back this marijuana culture. Besides lots of ways you can take action with the technology and resources we have today, we also have abundant spiritual help. God will not go against our free will, so His angels are waiting with bated breath to be called into action in answer to our prayers, no matter what religion or no religion. We need a balanced and practical approach to turn this cannabis threat around. A key is education, so please share this website with others.

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Author's Note:
     After reading the above, you may think it insane to legalize marijuana or to use it as medicine. Or you may think it is no problem at all. However, for reasons I will not go into, I am unable at this time to publically make a case for or against the legalization of marijuana or using it for medicinal purposes. It is therefore up to the reader to make their own case, according to their interpretation of the facts presented here, and to take action as they see fit. Actions speak louder than words.

 “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke

The Research on Marijuana (Follow this link to find the research and references on the effects of marijuana.)

References

(1) The New Yorker, January 27, 2014 issue. Interview by David Remnick. (Link)
(2) Marilyn A. Huestis (2007) - Human Cannabinoid Pharmacokinetics (Link)
(3) Inciardi, James A. (1992). The War on Drugs II. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company. p. 19. ISBN 1-55934-016-9. )
(4) Drugs of Abuse - 2015 Edition: A DEA Resource Guide pg 72. (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration).
(5) abc7ny.com (link) and cnn.com (link)
(6) Wu T-C, Tashkin DP, Djahed B, Rose JE. Pulmonary hazards of smoking marijuana as compared with tobacco. N Engl J Med 1988;318:347–351.)
(7)The American Lung Association.(Link - since removed)
(8) Prophet, M. and E.C. - "Paths of Light and Darkness" pg 46. Summit Publications Inc. (Volume 6 of Climb the Highest Mountain series.)(The Summit Lighthouse)
(9) Gabriel Nahas, Keep Off the Grass: A Scientist’s Documented Account of Marijuana’s Destructive Effects (New York: Reader’s Digest Press, 1976), pp. 14–15.
(10) Ibid
(11) Ibid


A reminder: The biggest danger of cannabis is its deceptive nature.