Effects of Marijuana

Abstract:
Actually sat down and did some REAL researching on the effects of marijuana, not just the political garbage the National Institute for Drug Abuse feeds us and pot-head websites.
Introduction:
To often we see anti-marijuana campaigns citing studies that link marijuana to depression and schizophrenia. That discuss the implications of marijuana on ambition and memory. Then on the other side of the aisle we hear that all of these reports are completely falsified by the government in support of political exploits. I propose a medium here.
Method:
Tried to find scientific articles, not funded by the NIDA, on actual pot research.
Results:
Labs have reported that the NIDA would not fund them when doing research on the benefits of marijuana but would fund them when they changed their purpose statements to the negative aspects of marijuana use. Most articles found in support of marijuana use and against marijuana use do not contain any references to scientific data. Many reports suggesting that marijuana use leads to depression do not suggest that depressed people are more likely to use marijuana, which would probably make a large difference in their data. Actual organizations (kinda) outside of the political realm such as the WHO refuse to give an actual declaration on whether they believe pot is harmful or not and yearly release the statement “more research is needed.” Many scientists and professors have tried to develop theoretical models for how pot effects the body and aside from decreases in short term memory and ambition levels while on the drug, and the very act of inhaling smoke (if not considering vaporizers or food) can be damaging to the lungs, no permanent or serious damage occurred. Studies have never been able to link marijuana use to lung cancer. Studies have shown that the toxicity of marijuana is below that of alcohol, cigarettes, and ASPIRIN (50 people died of aspirin related problems last year, 0 died of marijuana related issues). No significant data has related marijuana use to schizophrenia that considers the fact that people who are triggered into schizophrenia are more likely to use pot. Research on monkeys found that pot did create a decrease in motivation while on the drug, and for heavy users this effect lasted for weeks after last use. Caffeine use is considered to be more addicting.
Conclusion:
More research is needed! But it appears as if the drug is not NEARLY as damaging as the government would seem to have you believe and if used in moderation would have no adverse side effects (any more than any other drug we take on a daily basis). This seems to be a purely political battle.
References:
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/features/print/1441/marijuana-what-science-has-say?page=0%2C0 (unbiased)
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=marijuana-research (unbiased)
http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/180/3/216.full (biased – Anti Legalization)
http://norml.org/component/zoo/category/recent-research-on-medical-marijuana (biased – Pro legalization)
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/21/health/21marijuana.html (unbiased)

Advertisements

The Codependence of Men and Women

I believe men are letting their female counterpart down. Men complain about how women are so selfish these days and seem to be so shallow, but when they encounter a female with the values they seem to desire they fail to live up to her as a counterpart. SInce the beginning of human history, men have been the leaders. Sorry girls, but its true, men possess biological advantages that help them to appear psychologically dominant in addition to physiological dominance (if you really need proof of this, look around you, there is a reason society is still male dominated after 10,000 years of human civilization). But that doesn’t mean females are inferior in ANYWAY. I believe females possess attributes that will complement the attributes of their male counterpart and it is this very concept that drives the want for relationships. I’m sure those of you in HEALTHY relationships can attest to feeling more whole as a person. The problem is that men are acting as boys rather than men, and as the natural leaders, its only natural that our female counterpart follows suit and behaves just as immaturely as we do. So boys, better yourself! Improve your confidence, let go of your vices, do what needs to be done, not what you want to do, and most importantly believe in something… and our female friends will be there, more powerful than ever. I really believe males and females depend on each other (we are all human in the end), and as one grows stronger, so does the other. The suppression of female rights in our past was a dark stain, a stain caused by the insecurities of men. It’s almost as if since men have given power to the women, we feel as if we lost power, when really we haven’t lost anything but are simply sharing the responsibility with our counterpart. Remember “Two heads are better than one”!

Googlitity

Googlitity should be a word… Googlitity (Adj.) (Google – it – ity) – something’s ability to be verified by google, which means that it isn’t necessarily true but the speaker of such a claim is justified because they had in fact googled it and thought it was true and therefore is not a liar, ex. Well I thought I had heard it was Taylor Game not Taylor Gang, let’s check its googlitity.

A Bit on Happiness

Can happiness increase forever? In “Happiness: Enough Already” by Sharon Begley in Newsweek, she explores the concept that maybe there is too much happiness. She argues that due to increases in happiness until the 1970’s (presumably due to increase in technology which has helped people work less, make an average of more money, and create more free time), people fear sadness more which has increased cases of depression. She then maintains that many of these cases which are classified as clinical depression are really normal bouts of sadness. So does happiness have a limit? Is happiness actually making us crazy, jumping from bouts of depression to bouts of manic happiness like someone with a bipolar disorder. I actually agree, but does that mean that we should decrease our happiness? Hell no! That would be like quitting a job because you just got promoted and your worried about the responsibility. Since when has it been acceptable to not want to move forward for the betterment of one’s self because your worried that being better at something might have consequences… never. I thought about this because as I was texting Chelsea this morning, I was expressing how happy I am. Disregarding humility for a minute, I’ve got a lot going my way! An amazing girlfriend, great friends, success in business, school, and personal ventures (such as gym results), all the while living in one of the best cities in America! Which got me thinking… what if it all came crashing down? Which brings me to this… if you are moving forward, it won’t! I think all to often people get up on their high horse, then let something knock them off. Don’t let ANYTHING knock you off! I also believe too often people lose control of their feelings, well here’s the truth, we have full control over our feelings. If your sad, then take control of your life and take steps to make yourself happier. Maybe you won’t be happy in an hour, a day, or even a month, but keep moving forward and you will be happy. I believe that happiness down to the deepest core is our minds recognition of things that improve our lives and sadness is the recognition of things that hinder our lives. By focusing on your happiness, you will be taking steps to improve your life, but by drowning in sorrow, you are quite literally drowning your life. Well can we be too happy? Or does happiness have a ceiling? Yes and no. I think people put to much into what the material that they have. If you want to focus on the bad parts of my life, I’m currently lost as to what I want after college, I do not actually own any home myself, and I’m working my butt off with all the jobs I have… But you don’t see me focusing on that… I know they are there, I’m being realistic, I have goals and dreams, some I believe I will attain, some that I realize the odds are strongly against me, but overall I am happy! I think as I take steps to complete my goals I know I will not complete them all, its impossible really, which brings me to the question of the happiness ceiling. It exists but I believe we approach it like the inverse of an exponential curve, which for all of you non-science/math peoples, means that as we approach that ceiling we do not ever stop increasing our happiness, just that the amount of increase decreases with time, so we are always becoming happier, but we just are not become happier as quickly. This dismisses setbacks in your life, such as the death of a family member, or a break up, etc. but I believe those things are “setbacks” not stopping points… keep moving forward!

Modern Feminism is Illogical

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/200908/why-modern-feminism-is-illogical-unnecessary-and-evil
Just went as saw Snow White and the Huntsman, a wonderful movie that explores the modern feminist, with the Evil witch portraying the negative side of feminism and Snow White portraying the true potential of women to lead. In a previous article I stirred up some emotional responses to my perception of the relationship between man and woman, and the male’s responsibility to live up to our female counterpart (which was widely misperceived). Turner Foster presented a great argument that the very definition of a leader could be questioned, with which I agreed. In case you missed it, the argument was that men make better leaders in some senses of the definition and women make better leaders in other senses of the definition. I contributed this to biological and psychological differences in the genders. This article, written by an evolutionary psychologist (psychologists with limited understandings of biology – haha remember I consider anything below biochemistry as basket weaving) says what I was trying to say in response to some of the lash back. I do not particularly agree with modern feminism as being inherently “evil” as I believe they have good at heart (though I know some feminist that are extremely power hungry and would like to see the rise of the female gender over men – which could be perceived as evil). I respect feminist for their willingness to stand up for what they believe, be different from society, and the fact that they have been able to make some HUGE changes in society which I believe WERE very beneficial, but I believe they have achieved their goals in America and it is time that they look outwards. There are is still a lot of injustice towards women in this world particularly in Asian societies… it’s time feminist stop looking in and start looking to change to world!
Why Modern Feminism Is Illogical, Unnecessary, and Evil | Psychology Today
Feminism is the radical notion that women are men By Satoshi Kanazawa…

The Importance of Pain

Ever experienced pain that was even deeper than chest deep? It doesn’t just tear at your mind or heart but it feels as if your very soul is being shredded apart. Sometimes when I meet people, especially people that seem to be so well-put-together, I wonder what pain they’ve experienced in their past. Usually this curiosity is more innocent than that. I really just want to know what made this person in front of me, but not just all the rainbows and butterflies of their life. I want to know the demons that haunt them. I have demons… I keep them locked away in a jail far from my superficial self. It was an interesting morning when my demons decided to escape into my dreams. SO that brings me to this… do we explore the pain in hopes of learning from it? or have we already learned what we need from the pain which means that suppression really is the best answer? Ever heard of Baptism by Fire? For those of you who haven’t, its a term usually used to describe a Soldier’s first experience in battle. It originated from the french term “baptême du feu”, which has its roots in Christianity. Talking with Frank Andrew Waszut the other day about pain and its role in Buddhism, I remembered how important pain is in our lives. It shapes us, for better or for worse, pain can be the driving force that makes a man great or destroys him. I guess it ties into the saying “anything worth having takes work”, there is no real work like trying to overcome real pain. I wonder if people who have never experienced pain like I described above are able to appreciate happiness as much. Can we only take so much before even the strongest of men snap? We run from pain but it is pain that creates enlightenment. Not physical pain, physical pain is temporary and can be traumatic, but once it becomes traumatic it is emotional pain, the deepest and darkest of pains. Yet we like to scoff at emotional pain as if it isn’t something that is really that important, which is why I propose that those of you who have been, suck up your insecure sense of masculinity and realize that empathy and/or sympathy is the act of letting people share their pain with you. It takes a real man to deal with that… To those who live purely for self, you should realize the pain you cause to the people around you, your haughty sense of self importance drains your ability to really grow as a person. Just some thoughts…