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« Reply #45: November 21, 2010, 01:51:40 am »

I agree that there is a lot of bad propaganda in schools and DARE programs about marijuana.  BUT, I don't think that we need to experience something personally to evaluate whether or not it is harmful/helpful.  I've never smoked pot, but I can read and evaluate the research to recognize that it is probably one the least harmful of the recreational drugs, and that it has some medical benefits.  (Although one thing that folks here haven't mentioned is that if you are smoking pot, you should NOT be driving because of its distortive effect on depth perception).  I've never been drunk, but can read and evaluate the research to see that moderate usage has some health benefits and heavy usage is addictive and has serious health drawbacks.  If personal experience has a significant impact on the way you read and interpret research, then you are bringing an inappropriate biasing factor to the research. 

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I meant more in a way of judging others who do use entheogens, rather than viewing research.
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« Reply #46: November 21, 2010, 04:35:37 am »

I agree that there is a lot of bad propaganda in schools and DARE programs about marijuana.  BUT, I don't think that we need to experience something personally to evaluate whether or not it is harmful/helpful.  I've never smoked pot, but I can read and evaluate the research to recognize that it is probably one the least harmful of the recreational drugs, and that it has some medical benefits.  (Although one thing that folks here haven't mentioned is that if you are smoking pot, you should NOT be driving because of its distortive effect on depth perception).  I've never been drunk, but can read and evaluate the research to see that moderate usage has some health benefits and heavy usage is addictive and has serious health drawbacks.  If personal experience has a significant impact on the way you read and interpret research, then you are bringing an inappropriate biasing factor to the research. 

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« Reply #47: November 21, 2010, 09:01:51 am »

I meant more in a way of judging others who do use entheogens, rather than viewing research.

I would actually argue that, while a little fuzzier, the premise is pretty much the same.  I don't need to smoke pot to recognize its social and moral implications. 

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« Reply #48: November 23, 2010, 09:34:37 am »

The only studies I've seen that consistently show a real danger from pot are the ones that compare cancer rates of pot smokers and tobacco smokers, with the cancer rates being somewhat higher for pot smokers.

Is this specifically lung cancer, or other types of cancer as well?
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« Reply #49: November 25, 2010, 01:40:24 pm »

The only studies I've seen that consistently show a real danger from pot are the ones that compare cancer rates of pot smokers and tobacco smokers, with the cancer rates being somewhat higher for pot smokers.

My psychology class had a huge thing on drugs and their effects, and cancer was not mentioned as being a higher risk for this than for tobacco, and they are still unsure of the complete amount of carcinogens.  But, pot does have it in its' favor that it is not nearly as addictive as nicotine or alcohol. 

I'm not saying that it is healthy by any means, I just don't think it is as awful as some of the drugs that are out there. 
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« Reply #50: November 25, 2010, 01:43:10 pm »

Yeah, the day after. I mean, he smoked it late at night and I saw him the next morning. It wasn't super drastic, but it changed enough to really bother me.

You may want to consider if there was something else in the pot.  It is not uncommon for other drugs, like cocaine, to be laced in there, and unless the smoker knows what to expect, they may not be aware of it.
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