Pro’s & Con’s of General Cannabis in PennsylvaniaThis is the first of a three-part series about the contextual influences modern society has on mood disorders and addictions, 2) the risks of buy-in, and 3) the possibility of soul renewal via (but not limited to)therapeutic cannabis use. Part I: The Addictive System "We live in a society bloated with data yet starved for wisdom. We're connected 24/7, yet anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness is at an all-time high. We must course-correct." ~Elizabeth LindseyThe "addictive system" (1) is the elephant in the living room. Mood disorders and addictions, like everything else, do not occur in a vacuum. Yet we tend to miss the overarching societal 'space' when only focused on individual issues, like depression and anxiety or opioid and social-media addictions.What exactly is this context?It is an invisible psychological environment, the backdrop within which people are unwittingly succumbing to addiction or suffering mood disorders. The rise in antidepressant prescriptions and the number of suicides profile the growing dark side of modern society.It is a complex, interconnected web of public (government) and private corporations, aligned with the media in the marketing and advertising of information, products and services 24/7: a surround-sound cacophony of targeted messaging designed to shape both public opinion and an ever-stronger consumer mindset.Some call it propaganda.Intangible, psychological concepts are applied to marketing and sales, ones that supposedly drive all humans: the perceived need for: social status, safety, winning, the right image, having the best, looking good, gaining an edge, keeping up with your neighbor, excellence, being the first, etc. Advertising messages then weave-in the promise of helping the 'consumer' achieve one or another of these intangible goals when they purchase their information, product and/or service. The ubiquity of these messages in modern society have become normalized and even welcomed.How did we get here?, in early to mid-20th century, is most likely the person who set the bar for public relations and advertising in the U.S. He was the nephew to the well-known psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud, and like his uncle before him, he believed in the predictability of the human unconscious when it came to the human and psychological motivations of self-preservation, security, aggression and sex.He transferred what he learned from his uncle to help launch his career in public relations and became wildly successful. Due to his efforts on behalf of the pork industry in 1915, bacon became a mainstay of the traditional breakfast. In the 1920's he make smoking fashionable for women by calling cigarettes "torches of freedom" to advance the tobacco industry, and established fluoride as indispensable to dentistry in the 1930's (a waste product of aluminum) for his client, Alcoa Aluminum. (2)Watch this video that says it all: Be InspiredStay tuned for Part II: Buy-in to the Addictive System at Your Own Risk. When Society Becomes an Addict.
Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Cannabis
Medical marijuana has now become legal in fourteen US states including Pennsylvania. A synthetic form of the drug consisting of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the active chemical ingredient contained in marijuana, a derivative of plant cannabis. The stems, seeds and leaves are all utilized and are usually brown or green in color.There are pros and cons for the legalization of medical marijuana and disagreement over using it rather than the natural plant. One of the arguments against it is that it takes more money to process it into a synthetic liquid or pill form while simple marijuana is easy to use via smoking or baking into foods and ingesting. Health conditions typically treated with medical cannabis include HIV/AIDS, cancer, stroke, glaucoma, nausea, asthma and seizures.
It has also been shown to be helpful in alleviating pain associated with muscular sclerosis and certain spasticity disorders. Many countries around the world have legalized the drug for certain medical conditions. Research is still continuing in the U.S. and around the globe in order to further refine the understanding of THC efficacy.
Some of the comparisons of smoking it directly rather than taking it in processed pill or liquid form include:1.It takes longer for the it to be absorbed by the body. This absorption can take up to one hour whereas smoking the substance will cause an immediate reaction.2. Because smoking allows an immediate physical reaction, a user can easily monitor his intake in order to achieve appropriate results.
Effects General Cannabis – Pennsylvania
If a person has to wait an hour to feel the effect of a liquid or pill, there are higher chances of overdose.3. It has been reported to be more intense and include psychedelic side effects.4.
Smoking cannabis is much less expensive than the liquid or pill form.5. The liquid form of the drug is said to cause nausea so severe that many people can’t tolerate it and vomit before absorbing the THC. This is an unfortunate side effect since many are trying to control nausea in the first place.Side effects from the synthetic liquid or pill THC include anxiety, confusion, memory loss, unusual thought patterns, depression, restlessness, rapid heartbeat, skin rash and seizures. There may also be problems when combining this drug with other prescription medications.
Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of CannabisSkunk (high-potency marijuana) addicts and drug dealers will tell you that there is no such thing as cannabis or skunk addiction. However the drug addict needs the drug and the drug dealer needs to keep selling his poisons. Of course they will sell you the lie that it is not addictive.Since Marijuana first made its debut in the 60's and 70's the debate has been whether it is addictive or not. Does it ruin lives like other drugs and alcohol? Britain just reclassified it to a Class B drug meaning not as bad as heroin but worse than tranquilizers, as seen by the eyes of the Britain's Home Office.In this decade, here in England, people are going into residential rehab for help with cannabis abuse. The cannabis and skunk being smoked in Britain today is not the weed used in the 70's at peace rallies. This is something very high grade and completely different. In Britain people are quickly becoming addicted as a typical user smokes several splifs a day. The dangers are being ignored but here they are:Some Scary Marijuana Facts: Marijuana stays in the body for years and is slowly broken down by the body while in the blood system. Usually taking about 30 days. Because of this slow breakdown of cannabinols, the oily toxins in marijuana many users can go a week or so without smoking. Due to the fat soluble qualities of these cannabinols, marijuana residues store in the body fat and in the organs such as the brain, sex glands (testicles & ovaries), spleen, liver and lungs . These toxins create chemical imbalances, nutrient depletion and cravings for the drug years later.Long-Term Effects from Users reduction of male sex hormones apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation reduced sexual capacity study difficulties - reduced ability to learn and retain information personality and mood changes suppression of immune system growth disorders rapid destruction of lung fibers and lesions to the brain increase of abnormally structured cells in body inability to understand things clearly reduced resistance to common illnesses (cold, bronchitis...) Cannabis Withdrawal Marijuana withdrawal can be difficult. There are about 400 chemicals present in its most natural state. These toxins accumulate in the body over the years. When you stop marijuana use there are definite withdrawal symptoms. These can include irritability, stomach pain, aggression and anxiety, diarrhea, insomnia, nightsweats and cravings. I recently spoke to a fellow who after 3 weeks without smoking was still experiencing crippling withdrawal. He called me in a panic because he never expected any withdrawal at all and this was 3 weeks after stopping.Like it or not, statistics in Britain show that most heavy drug users get hooked on cocaine, heroin and amphetamines by starting with marijuana. Like it or not, Marijuana is addictive.A Story of One Person's Success after Drug-Free Rehab"When I came to NN in the beginning I had no idea how to live happily without drugs or alcohol. I knew if I didn't get help I would soon die from the effects that drugs and alcohol had on me. As the program progressed I began to have hope that there was something better in life than I was allowing myself to be a part of. Eventually I began to find what really makes me who I am; something I had neglected for years. I can now see the reality of situations and can be honest not only with others, but with myself. I understand and communicate better than I ever have before which has strengthened relationships with family and friends. I'm alive and it feels great. I realize how much I have to offer the positive flow of the world, I am ready for whatever comes my way. LN"
Effects of Marijuana Use on Human BodyRecently I slipped on ice and broke my arm. Luckily the bones were not displaced-a simple fracture of the head of the radius bone as shown on x-ray. What is significant is that the pain was greatly lessened by applying certain essential oils that are anti-inflammatory and pain relieving. Can essential oils help the healing process? In my case, absolutely! When bones are fractured, there may be swelling, internal bleeding into the area, nerve and even tendon damage. Applying ice and in my case splinting my arm to immobilize it greatly decreased the pain. Here are the essential oils that I used to get back full use of my arm in half the time someone of my age would take.Helichrysum italicum also called Everlasting, was the first oil I used for pain and swelling. This is an outstanding oil that has several great medical properties. It is known as an anticoagulant, anesthetic, antispasmodic, antiviral, a liver protectant, detoxifier and stimulant, chelates chemicals and toxins, and helps to regenerate nerves.Next I applied lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) for its anti-inflammatory action and its ability to regenerate connective tissues and ligaments. Lemongrass also dilates blood vessels, improves circulation, and promotes lymph flow. Lemongrass can be a little warm to the skin because of its high aldehyde content, so the third oil I chose was high in monoterpenes which served to quench the warmth.Idaho balsam fir (Abies balsamae) is 98% monoterpenes making it an outstanding anti-inflammatory oil. It also has anticoagulant properties and is known as a great oil for arthritis/rheumatism, lumbago and sciatica. Plus the smell of balsam fir is that of Christmas trees-very refreshing and an improvement over the heavy lemongrass fragrance and "weed" smell of helichrysum.The fourth oil I used was a blend called Trauma Life. It is a blend of valerian, lavender, frankincense, sandalwood, rose, helichrysum, spruce, geranium, davana and citrus hystrix. This particular blend helps to release buried emotional trauma from, in my case, the accident, but it also helps release emotional trauma from the death of loved ones, assault or abuse. It combats stress and uproots traumas that cause insomnia, anger, restlessness, and a weakened immune response. The valerian component of this oil certainly helped me to rest better since getting my arm in a comfortable position was a bit of a feat.Many other essential oils have been found to be helpful in bone healing including wintergreen, peppermint, spruce, pine, ginger and vetiver. The key is finding out which oils are going to be most helpful for you. I found a formula that worked for me.
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