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BugaLugs Post time: 2012-11-14 11:41

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Skunk is dangerous-it fries your brain.

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Post time 2012-11-14 17:53:41 |Display all floors
Indeed - an independent study led by the now ex-chief government chief adviser on drugs in the UK (he lost his job due to honesty) ranked alcohol several times more damaging than cannabis - both in terms of damage to self and other members of society.

news article from 2010  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11660210

In the uk for example 40% of violent crimes are directly attributable to alcohol. Yet.. you have drugs like cannabis considered illegal  (cannabis was also ranked below nicotine in terms of harm) and people who smoke it potentially open to prosecution. Whilst this is unlikely if you posses small amounts of cannabis for personal use, the hypocrisy is evident.

Many people who drink alcohol for example are totally against the idea of legalised drugs, and are utterly against having their own drug of choice increased in price.

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Hurdy-Gurdy Post time: 2012-11-14 19:07
Skunk is dangerous-it fries your brain.

a smelly unwashed rat crawling straight out a kowloon sewer is easily mistaken for skunk
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1584austin Post time: 2012-11-14 15:54
Never tried it, even in those Flower Power 1960's/1970's

But doesn't it make the brain unbalanced,  ...

There is no known lethal limit of THC.  Hallucinogens work differently - they don't attack the central nervous system and the liver is not used to detoxify.  There isn't brain or organ damage associated with pot.  There have been studies on heavy, chronic users to study effects.  Its supposed to diminish drive.  On the other hand, there is little violence associated with this drug as compared to alcohol.  It will make you to where you don't want to get up off the couch.   
  
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JFenix Post time: 2012-11-14 21:20
There is no known lethal limit of THC.  Hallucinogens work differently - they don't attack the cen ...

although true, the LD50 of THC is so high that you are more likely to die if a bale of it falls on you, the rest of your statements are incorrect, from the viewpoint of the science

cannabis causes cognitive impairment and mental illness

via drug induced psychosis and mania, it leads to violence (ask any ED physician how many times they have to involuntarily sedate a crazy smoker)

all drugs, including alcohol are unsafe

but the key issue is that legislation to criminalise use is a failure, just as prohibition was

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lebeast Post time: 2012-11-14 19:36
although true, the LD50 of THC is so high that you are more likely to die if a bale of it falls on ...

I understand its a specific type of cannabis (skunk) is believed to have a contributory factor in triggering certain forms of mental illness - particularly in undeveloped (young) brains and generally as a result of significant usage. Generally speaking its health effects are not that significant for most people who use it; refined sugars and various types of fat are arguably as damaging as cannabis.  

Having said that, I agree, all drugs including (or particularly) alcohol are potentially harmful - treating drugs as a criminal justice issue however and not a public health issues hasn't really helped mitigate the damage caused to individuals by drugs (and i'm referring to the use/possession of drugs rather than drug selling).

What does tend to be more effective is adopting smarter ways to discourage use (such as better education) - combined with making it more difficult to purchase or use. Banning smoking in public places and taxing it to the hilt is a good example. Where that is happening, more people have given up.

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