With the recent trends in the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes by 18 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, as well as the states of Washington and Colorado legalizing it for recreational use, it makes it all the more urgent and vital for Americans to truly understand the facts about marijuana and the consequences of its use. Far too many people, especially the nation’s youth, consider marijuana to be “safe” because it is medicinal or legal. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Dangers of Marijuana
According to research done at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, marijuana contains 6 dangerous substances. It was also found that in the production of marijuana, there are other substances which can be found in the drug including such highly undesirables as mold, pesticides and insects. Additional byproducts found by the researchers included bacterial contaminants such as salmonella and e-coli, fungi and mildew.
According to Heather Miller Coyle, one of the researchers, numerous of these substances can be seen on the plant’s surface by means of the naked eye. In a Good Morning America article, Susan Donaldson James talked with Coyle on marijuana in comparison to other drugs used for medicinal purposes. Coyle noted that the other medicines being used are monitored and controlled for quality, and it is only marijuana that is administered by smoking.
She also expressed the concern of many regarding the manner in which the medical marijuana is being grown, oftentimes in a “non-certified fashion” such as in private homes, public areas and/or open fields, all potentially subject to pesticide-use to increase production.
Based on this information, Coyle made public health requests of those states allowing the use of marijuana that it be controlled and tested to ensure its safety. While this may be a step in the right direction, it could also be regarded as a bit like trying to close the barn door after the cows get out. Unfortunately, testing for growing a dangerous drug in a “certified fashion” does not mitigate its inherent potential to damage the user.
Narconon Freedom Center Michigan is addressing the inherent dangers in the trend of legalizing marijuana with a campaign to raise awareness by educating all people as to the true dangers of marijuana use with the ultimate goals of eliminating its use altogether.
According to John Walser, the Senior Intake Counselor at the Michigan drug rehab center, a majority of the individuals enrolling at the facility consider marijuana to be safe due to its being legalized in some of the states for medicinal or recreational use. He emphasizes that is very far from the truth of the matter.
Marijuana, in addition to potentially containing the dangerous substances identified by Coyle, has THC as its main psychoactive ingredient. THC is known to assault the central nervous system supply of the mineral, magnesium, which he notes is vital to keeping the nerves “relaxed and healthy”.
Magnesium is also known to beneficial to the treatment of insomnia, migraines, depressions, panic attacks, stress and anxiety. Research has shown that a deficiency of Magnesium increases the risk of developing Type-II Diabetes. Magnesium is effective in regulating blood pressure, and alleviating Hypertension (high blood pressure). It is also knows to help prevent cardio-vascular disease and is a vital factor in maintaining proper bone density.
All other dangerous substances aside, just with the knowledge of how vital Magnesium is to maintaining both mental and physical health, it becomes apparent at once how damaging and potentially life-threatening the use of marijuana could be. And with a look to the future, a thinking person could see where the frequent and long-term use of marijuana would lead.
As Walser noted, the problem created by the use of marijuana progressively worsens with continued use. Over time, the central nervous system is more and more stressed, increasing the potential for depression, anxiety and sleep problems. ( Source: Harvard Study, Medical Marijuana and the Mind, 2010)
For more information about the dangers of marijuana, contact an Intake Counselor toll-free at 877-362-9682.