Medicinal Marijuana, Is it Actually Good for your Health?

“The continued presence of the drug abuse in young people in this country, it is the unquestionable proof that we have to do a more efficient job for the good of our young people and the wellbeing of our society".

Medicinal Marijuana, Is it Actually Good for your Health?
“The continued presence of the drug abuse in young people in this country, it is the unquestionable proof that we have to do a more efficient job for the good of our young people and the wellbeing of our society”, said Julieta Santagostino, Director of the local branch of the Foundation for a Drug Free World.
The Floridian group joins to all the rest of the worldwide branches in an International effort to create a massive impact in its community through the education on the damaging effects of drugs.

While in Florida, another group has been circulating a petition to legalize medicinal marijuana, the members for a Drug Free World circulate pamphlets on the Truth About Drugs, which contain precise data regarding the damaging effects caused by the abuse of drugs, including marijuana.

Medicinal Marijuana, is it actually therapeutic?

When a person smokes a joint, he normally feels its effects in minutes. The immediate sensations are: increase cardiac rate, decrease coordination and balance, an unreal mental state of illusion and they reach the point of greatest intensity in within the first 30 minutes. These short term effects disappear normally after two or three hours, but it could last longer, depending of the amount taken by the drug user, the potency of the THC (psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) and the presence of other drugs introduced in the mix.

The mental effects of the use of marijuana are equally serious. The marijuana smokers have usually a memory and mental aptitude more deficient than the nonsmokers.

According to the United States Drug Control Administration, a high percentage of those who have been arrested for crimes resulted positive in a test for marijuana consumption. In a national level, 40% of the adults to which the test was performed on had a positive result at the moment of their arrest.

Sixty two percent of adults of 26 years or older, that used marijuana before they reached 15 years old, started to take cocaine at some point of his/her life; 9% took heroine at least once; and 54% percent used no prescribed mind altering medical drugs.

After alcohol, marijuana is the second substance most frequently found in the body of drivers involved in fatal car accidents.

The drug can affect not only your physical health. Some studies in Australia associated the frequent and long term use of marijuana with abnormalities in the brain. This is backed by an earlier investigation about the long term effects of marijuana, which indicates that there are changes in the brain, similar to those caused by the long term use of other more potent drugs. And several studies demonstrated the connection between the continuous use of marijuana and psychosis.

The studies also demonstrate that the cannabis’s THC affects the nervous cells of the bran, which therefore affects memory.

Cannabis is one of few drugs that cause the abnormal division of the cell, which leads to serious hereditary defects. A pregnant woman that regularly smokes marijuana or hashish can give birth prematurely to a smaller baby and that has not reached his normal weight.

The Foundation for a Drug Free World is a non-profitable organization that gives young people and adults, objective information about drugs so they can take informed decisions and live a free drug life. To get more information go to

And for a person with a drug abuse problem, there are not real solutions to addiction. Narconon, a drug rehab program that uses the L. Ron Hubbard Technology, has a success rate of more than 75% (


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Can you reference any scientific studies that evidence your claims?

I am unfamiliar with modern science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard's "technologies" but I am aware that cannabis was mentioned in the Chinese pharmacopia 4,000 years ago saying it "undoes rheumatism".
(see "Cannabis (Medical Marijuana, Forgetting and the Botany of Desire)" for further information.)

It is important to recognise that the planet we inhabit contains many substances that can be considered toxic to us, many of which cause intoxicating effects. Those advocating for a drug-free world sound at war with their own planet or in search of another. Perhaps L. Ron Hubbard thinking could be of use to them in this respect.

It is also important to note that cannabis has both 'positive' and 'negative' effects ( and emphasis should be placed on education for people to make informed choices of what they choose to (or not to) put in their bodies.

Scientific research on cannabis provides many interesting and varied results and I encourage readers to explore the range of these studies and to draw their own conclusions. It is also worth mentioning the NIDA is (as the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse) prohibited from undertaking/publishing any research that provides positive results. Research into the method and funding of various studies also indicate further bias from both the proponents and opponents of 'illegal' medicines.

If we seek facts about drug-use, for self-education or policy formation, the history of cannabis in the U.S. serves as an important case-study. Cannabis legislation has been responsible for the erosion of many civil liberites as well as the largest incareration rates in the world (The Botany of Desire - Michael Pollan). I fail to see how their statistics on cocaine and heroin users have relevance to Aotearoa as we are far more removed from these drug trade routes than U.S. citizens. (Just research the purity and price of a gram of cocaine in Aotearoa!)

The importance of distinguishing cause and effect also deserves mention as finding substances in the bodies of 'criminals' or 'drivers' is no indication of these substances contributing to their actions or not. Such presumptions are known as "post hoc ergo propter hoc" or "after this therefore because of this."

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