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The idea of this video is to specifically reach people who are against decriminalization and to take them seriously. There is an abundance of pro arguments and content on the internet – and while they are correct, they tend to marginalize the negative effects of smocking weed. So we wanted to show that even if you think that nobody should ever smoke, you still can support a public policy approach that protects more people, than by keeping cannabis illegal. Sometimes it is annoying to hear things that don't match what we already think. Researching our videos in depth often does the same thing to us. In this case we decided that was more important to reach people, who would not have watched another video that is obviously pro liberalization.
*Some of the sources used in the video:*
*Argument 1: Marijuana Causes Psychosis*
Studies point to a correlation between THC and psychosis
Ian Hamilton, Addiction, 2017
THC levels have increased in the last few decades while CBD levels have decreased
ElSohly MA et al, Biological Psychiatry, 2016
Possible benefits of CBD for psychosis treatment
Study: Correlation between frequency of marijuana consumption and risk of psychosis
Bourque et al, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2017
Article by the University of York: Risk of psychosis from marijuana use small compared to the number of total users
Study: rising rates of marijuana use cause no increase in psychosis patients
Frisher M et al, Schizophrenia Research, 2009
Increased risk of psychosis in marijuana smokers who are already at clinical high-risk for psychosis
Vadhan, Nepal P. et al, Psychiatry Research, 2017
Increased tendency for consumption of hard liquor during the US prohibition era
*Argument 2: Marijuana as a gateway drug*
Study: association between marijuana use and use of other illicit drugs
Secades-Villa et al, The international journal on drug policy, 2015
Teenagers who smoke are 80 times more likely to use illegal drugs
Lai S et al, Journal of Addictive Diseases, 2000
Increased risk of excessive alcohol and drug use for smoking teenagers
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 2007
Study: risk factors of incident onset of use, abuse and dependence of marijuana
Kirsten von Sydow et al, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2002
Decriminalization of possession and consumption of all illicit substances in Portugal
Decrease in continuity rates of use
*Argument 3: Marijuana is addictive and damages organs*
Statistics: doubling of marijuana treatment admissions in Europe, 2003-2014
Statistics: Increased number of people who seek treatment for marijuana related problems
Statistics: marijuana addiction
Study: Correlation between THC levels and first-time admissions to drug treatment in the Netherlands
Freeman et al, Psychological Medicine, 2018
Study: health problems related to marijuana consumption
Pacher et al, Nature Reviews Cardiology, 2017
Barbara A Yankey et al, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 2017
Study: no health risks related to marijuana use
Meier MH et al, JAMA Psychiatry, 2016
Study: Effects of marijuana on the adolescent brain
Batalla A et al, PLoS ONE, 2013
Studies: lowered IQ in teenagers using marijuana
Newer studies: influence of general drug use on brain development and IQ
Meier MH et al, Addiction, 2018
Risk of dependence on alcohol and tobacco
Lachenmeier DW et al, Scientific Reports, 2015
Study: the effects of tobacco use on health
Study: the effects of alcohol consumption on health
all i got from this video is cigarettes and alcohol are the real gateway drugs, decriminalizing has helped portugals society and instead of trying to find the very few negative things about marijuana, we should be more focused on legalizing it and banning alcohol and cigarettes for the publics health as well as go after the legalized drug dealers pushing opiods on everyone causing an epidemic, as far as after work marijuana they have CBD that people can smoke and mellow out instead of getting a buzz, i'd rather see it legal and teach people how to be responsible instead of caging the next generation and giving them criminal records all because they want something to take the edge off from these crappy jobs and this crazy world
The arguments on this video are stupid as fuck honestly. Marijuana is not a gateway drug lmao. That was fake article that a older man that worked for the government “thought” happened. The same man that made that up also claimed that he had turned a homosexual man straight by zapping his brain with electrodes which obviously didn’t work. So if you believe marijuana is a gateway drug your crazy. Also marijuana does not kill brain cells . Plus you cannot ever overdose on marijuana it’s physically impossible. You would have to smoke 40,000 joints in a time span of 15-30 mins to have any effect of an overdose. Lmao people are crazy for voting against legalization. It has MEDICAL BENEFITS as well. Marijuana has THC and CBD in it . Thc increases euphoria and makes people a lotta bit happier but can also make you paranoid. That’s when the cbd comes in . The cbd helps prevent paranoia and helps to relax your body. Marijuana is also healthier than smoking cigarettes. MAYBE THEY SHOULD MAKE CIGARETTES ILLEGAL AND MARIJUANA LEGAL EVERYWHERE. it’s funny how the government keeps cigarettes legal which have been proven to cause cancer, breathing problems, death, and many more problems, but keep marijuana illegal in lots of states and it’s been proven to help medically with all kinds of pains, paranoia, helps to stop seizures, and relaxes you. Pffft gov sucks. And what about the debt this country has? LMAO BY 2021 WITH JUST THE STATES THAT HAVE IT LEGAL THEY WILL GET 21,000,000,000 in tax revenues. THATS 21 BILLION DOLLARS. Jesus there’s not much more to argue about. Fuck all you stupid fucks that vote against marijuana . Hope you all have fun in hell😂 cause all these people with problems that you don’t have like sever pains and seizures will live life as a struggle to survive without marijuana . Fuck heads.
how about no...… have you ever attended a single history class??? we have made alcohol illegal before... and it was an absolute failure that made the issue much worse... PROHIBITION DOESNT WORK... how about what someone puts in their own body is their own goddamn choice and not yours...
I believe that Marijuana is a gateway drug. This is entirely anecdotal but the first thing I ever became intoxicated off of and also the first drug I have ever taken, barring coffee and medication, was marijuana. After getting high the first time I developed an interest in trying other drugs but mainly just psychedelics like LSD and Shrooms. As of right now I don't do any drugs save for drinking on the weekends as I work for the government and they regularly drug test so I definitely don't have a dependence or anything but I do still have an interest in it.
Also Marijuana is obviously unhealthy at least for your lungs. Any particulate that you breathe in will damage your lungs, that is a given. That being said since the amount of times that one would smoke weed per day when compared to tobacco for instance is way lower so marijuana is, at least in that respect, lower risk than smoking cigarettes. Also, this as well is completely anecdotal but I don't believe weed makes you dumber. When I used to smoke all the time I would literally get high and then accidentally spend hours on Wikipedia learning new things or watching educational YouTube videos. I actually learned so much when I was smoking weed. It did make me less motivated and more lazy though even when I wasn't high so there are good and bad aspects of it.
That being said I love weed but all things must be done with some self-control and moderation.
Argument: marijuana is too strong.
Solution: legalize it and grow the high potency out.
Argument: marijuana is a gateway drug
Counter argument: anything that alters your perception can be a gateway drug. If someone is dumb enough to try hard drugs after marijuana use they had already thought about it before.
Didn’t even make it to the 3rd argument to realize how dumb people are.
I agree we should not legalize, How about some of the drug dealers who only sell weed, they might have to be force to move on to selling crack, These are the people who can't get normal jobs cause no one will hire them selling drugs is all they know
Idk where youre getting your potency figures. Maybe this is european weed? Lol in the US the levels havee gone from around 10 in the 1970s to near 30 percent thc currently. But theyve been scaling back the thc precentages back to around 16-22. The high feels better
Eat Maccas every day and you'll suffer unhealthy repercussions as bad as drug abuse. Eat chocolate or coffee or even too much bread and you'll cop some kind of negative repercussions. We don't die eating these things if we control ourselves... so with drug such as weed, in moderation (like most things), you're not gonna become some psycho ... I think obesity is an even bigger problem and parents who let their kids eat whatever should be locked up.
The only reason why weed is illegal is because it’s consumed by predominately minorities keeping them from getting jobs and filling the prisons. Thats hard to believe for people who love to burn the race card whenever it’s seen but it’s truth and that’s our government
So many half truths and big pharma propoganda lingers with this video. Thc is not causing psychosis if that were so then millions of people smoking cannabis are now crazy. It just causes anxiety if you are overthinking or living in fear. It is a psychadelic to expand your perception and widens your observation on life. So ofcourse you get anxiety it may come as a suprise when there are some feeling there you did not know of. So psychosis is too simplistic to express what is really happening.
+Psychedelic Trance is best Alcohol is not the same as cannabis. All the chemicals in cannabis are biologically used by the body by the endo cannabinoid system. If you use alcohol with cannabis it makes you more receptable to thc-a and it might cause hallucinations. But that is not psychosis. Look up the definition of psychosis.
Here is the ultimate reason for why marijuana should remain illegal. In China 150 years ago, the west smuggled opoids into China. Once they got exposted to cannabis, they experimented with other drugs. Eventually, the Chinese became lax and lazy and eventually the Europeans absolutely destroyed China to the point in where htey had to give up some of their land. Drugs, marijuana, etc. all make us more lax and lazy. China is trying to legalize marijuana here because they want us to be lazy. It makes taking us over easier the less resistance they have. When we are stoned out of our minds, how do we kill the Chinese? We gotta stay strong since we are outnumbered and fortunatley, our genes make us stronger than Asians. Now, we gotta avoid drugs and keep our eye on the prize: defeating China. We can't defeat China stoned out of our minds nor can we beat China by tolerating laxidaziness. We gotta focus on beating our common enemy China. This is why China illegalized marijuana because they are hell-bent on beating us. We make the same mistake China made and before you know it we will all be speaking mandarin and getting Chinse girls will be hard since Chinese girls will no longer want white men.
C'mon dudes, let's illegalize this poison and show China who is boss!
+Joey Central PEOPLE ALREADY SMOKE WEED YOU DENSE FUCKING TWAT... legalizing weed will not surge the fucking country with potheads... all this would accomplish is we can finally stop throwing people in jail for smoking a fucking joint... stop being a dipshit, dipshit...
+seth green Not really. China is trying to 1-up us to this day. We have opium. They don't. Are you not concerned about China or the Chinese people today trying to 1-up us? Dude, we gotta unite to defeat China. You think marijuana consumption and being stoned is going to help with that when our common enemy is hell-bent focused on our demise? Wake the fuck up and smell the coffee!
if you want to talk about history... make sure you know your history... the opium war (what you're referring to) had nothing... NOTHING... to do with weed... and the circumstances were MUCH different...
From what i know, Marijuana never kill people and it's still illegal when cigarettes and alcohol kill millions of people and still legal this day. This is why Marijuana still illegal: A lot of worker on alcohol and cigarettes factory would be unemployeed. And the profits of each country from selling cigarettes and alcohol will decrease dramatically because I'm sure 85% (or even more) of people(who are alcoholic/cigar smoker) will switch to marijuana (because it's more safe/positive or less negative than alcohol and cigarettes). 1 more, i believe one day Marijuana can really cure alot disease, because marijuana is a miracle medicine since ancient times
I’m a logical guy and never thought marijuana was hugely unhealthy. It is quite obvious that it is healthier than either smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol; however, certain points cannot be ignored.
Firstly, marijuana has no nicotine so those who already smoke will continue to do so and those who smoke marijuana may start to smoke cigarettes if smoking marijuana prior to work (for example) would be unacceptable. Ignoring the fact that it isn’t a gateway drug for “worse” illegal drugs, I can easily see it being a gateway into smoking cigarettes and no one seems to care about that...
Also, you said it yourself, marijuana COULD be unhealthy and is likely to be damaging for a developing brain. So how can passive smoke from cigarettes be such a big issue but you’re happy to overlook passive weed smoke? The healthiest option for ANY country would be to ban all drugs including cigarettes and alcohol. This obviously cannot happen because they are so widespread but adding another potentially dangerous drug into the mix is a step backwards, whether it is less harmful or not. You cannot evaluate the harmlessness of marijuana by comparing it to alcohol or cigarettes, it is still likely a harmful psychoactive drug. As people get more educated, fewer and fewer people are smoking and drinking. This is how a nation SHOULD be tackling these issues and it is working. Adding marijuana into the mix is detrimental. One legal drug being much worse does not make another drug “good”.
Another argument: thousands of people die every year from drink driving. Alcohol slows reaction speed and THC literally works because it does this. Without the serious health issues associated with alcohol, people may substitute cannabis and a LOT more people would do cannabis recreationally and regularly that those who regularly drink. This makes driving under the influence a significantly larger safety hazard than drink driving currently is and the law enforcement currently used to catch drug dealers would instead be diverted to catching drug drivers; who have a seriously greater associated risks of injury to themselves and others.
I just think that nobody on the “pro” side has looked into all the cons and vice versa. Every damn person/video on the internet, unfortunately this video included, cannot provide a solid argument for both sides. This is clearly because they would rather funnel their biases to change the opinion of the other side rather than sway those who are undecided by applying fact based evidence.
I saw an ad against smoking dank while pregnant because "studies have shown..." Just letting you know the only studies done were technically inconclusive because those mothers also smoke cigarettes and took other substances. Because of it's illegality there are very few studies done and most of them are in college labs with very small amounts of marijuana. There was one unofficial study done by a woman, I believe was a nurse, in Jamaica. The mothers smoked an average of one blunt a day. It was found that the babies who's mother's smoked ate better and gained weight easier. They also found that these babies cried less and were able to better self soothe. This was an unofficial, but organized study.
2-AG is an endocannabinoid... 2-AG is in high concentrations in mothers breast milk. CBD in cannabis is a bio-mimeitc molecule to 2-AG... THC mimics it somewhat as well .. when a person ingests cannabis those bio mimicry aspects are apparent in how cannabinoids metabolize through the person
Weed is not a gateway drug, because if we make it legal and the government sell it in special shops, you will not have the opportunity to go to other harder drugs. And a bonus is that dealers loose a lot of money if it’s legal and therefore less people get into that business. And weed is not addictive, yes you can get a fysical need of it, but no ADDICTION!!
You know in Russia there is gore pictures of cancer-infected lungs, brains and skin, or a statistics of addiction added on cigaretts (and don't foget the "SMOKING KILLS" black and white sign drawn in the video)
Pot is not a gateway drug, As a person who tried pot at a semi young age I can say this: I have never ever wanted or had the thought of doing any form of any other drug. I recently stopped smoking (For work reasons) and found that I dont have the urge to just rolled another joint up and smoke it or my body is gonna fall apart or my skin is gonna start to itch. The whole "Pot is a Gateway drug" is just an excuse for people who do make bad decisions and end up snorting or popping/injecting another drug. Nothing is wrong with pot in my eyes, its just something else that shouldnt be banned. Its a plant, not a man made substance. Of course ive tried liquor and beer and im not a fan of either. The drunk that came after I was unhappy with and it just wasnt my thing so I dont plan on doing it again any time soon but for smoking, It brought my appetite back (I wouldnt eat for days, had some random stomach issue) I guess me having the munchies and kinda forcing myself to eat helped me gain my weight back and feel normal again.
this video is pro-marijuana. and it is intelligently so. and I have to agree with this video we should legalize marijuana. whether it's a gateway drug or not whether it is harmful or not. in a free country you should have the right to live your life freely even if you're living your life stupid l y by someone else's opinion or even in actual fact I'm using talk to text it sucks. in a free country we should not Outlaw stupidity the consequences of stupidity will find their way home to you. instead of trying to control people let people experience what they want to experience if you want to control anything to make them get a permit for it if you think that it's costing the public revenue for hospitalization excetera excetera then make them pay for that permit expensively. but in a free country what right do you have to deny anyone the pursuit of their own happiness even if you disagree with where that Pursuit will take them. and even if you know that's the direction they will go pursuing that happiness will leave them over a cliff it is still there right to go. and suffer the consequences or the blessings.
So I mean, are there sources? Or is it just "studies". If you look up quite a bit of "studies" you'll find they're government funded studies DESIGNED to sway results in favor of keeping it illegal. There are ZERO cited sources. So where is this information coming from? Also, if you look up the definition of "addiction" you'll see that weed isn't addictive. There is so much talk about cigarettes and alcohol included in the video, but its not about those drugs. It's about weed. But if cigarettes and alcohol are "comparable" compare the statistics of tobacco use and how many deaths a year, with weed use. There has been absolutely zero deaths due to smoking marijuana, unlike the consumption of alcohol cigarette smoking. Marijuana does not kill blood sells like many believe. If you look up the study that gives off that idea, it was tested on monkeys, and it outdated. The study was replicated, and it was deemed false information. In fact, the original study was government funded. The only negative effect that could be an issue would be the europhic high sensation causing some accidents. However, alcohol has more negatives, causing cancer, liver failure, etc. etc.
Anti cannabis is anti logic at this point. Even if you choose not to use it, how can a country understand and accept the consequences of alcohol, yet simultaneously demonize and criminalize weed? Any sensible person will tell you that weed isn’t without fault. It Can definitely amplify your personality. For the better or worse. Once again prohibition has failed us.
Every single argument is completely invalid. Whoever spouts these arguments is under the delusion that weed is harder to obtain when it's illegal. I laugh in your face. It's so fucking easy to get. The only valid arguments for prohibition come from dealers, prison wardens, and corporate fat cats of Big Pharma. Prohibition isn't a way to keep weed out of the hands of the public. It's a fucking business.
Another good way to fight drugs is to not take them in the first place.
And yes, weed definitely does slow down mental development. I have seen how it destroyes people's lives. I have personally met some people who were smoking weed and they all had 2 things in common: they were aggressive; at the age of 30 they stayed on the same mental level of a teenager.
wow it looks like you solved the entire issue yourself... just don't take drugs people... except that wont fucking happen... humans have used drugs for thousands of years and if you seriously think a few laws and "just say no" will change that your a fucking idiot... how about what I do with my life and put in my body is my choice and none of your business... how about more harm is being caused by drug laws than the drugs themselves... how about that...
All around the world except where i live. Germany. Once someone falsely accused me of throwing a stone on his car (it just came off the wall) so the police showed up. First thing they asked is if i have anything illegal in my room. (because why else wouldn't i want to let them in? :D) I was still living with my parents at that time. They had no search warrant so they said if i don't let them in they will get the warrant anyway and then destroy the whole apartment, slit up the bed of my parents and the couch in the living room, etc.. I then let them in and they found my 1 gram of weed for which i had to pay a 600€ fine later. I fucking hate my country. Bunch of hypocrites.
The psychosis argument is a fallacy. As marijuana has become legal and stronger there has been NO corresponding increase in psychosis.
Additionally the stronger marijuana argument is alsoa fallacy. There is plenty of mid strength marijuana out there. Additionally since it has become legal we have come to understand more about the plant. By maturing the plant we increase the amount of CBD in the plant. Additionally stronger marijuana doesn't cause a different our stronger high. It simply means you need less to get the same effect.
Marijuana is one of two miracle plants mentioned in the Bible. The other is an extinct plant that induces abortion.
Marijuana saved my life. The fact is is it medicine. The federal government prohibits it based on a lie, which is dangerous in and of itself.
Is it harmless? Relatively speaking yes. It has yet to kill anyone. The danger lies in its illegality, not in the plant itself.
Think smoking it is bad for your lungs? Well, wrong again. However if you don't like that, there are also many, many ways to use this plant for your health.
Marijuana is medicine. That is why big pharma spends countless millions to keep it illegal.
My qestion is, why legalize it in the first place if it has the same effects as alcohol and smoking?
Sure, the only problem with alcohol is that if you drink to much you may pass out or get aggressive. As long as your careful with alchohol and only drink one bottle a week your fine.
But marijuana is a different story, it's a dangerous drug that can shorten your life and you'll lose more money then alchohol. It's like tabocco and any other illegal drugs. Once you start, you cant stop without help
+DementionalVoices Channel I know that's not what you said, because you don't know jack shit about drugs, kid. Even though I like drinking, alcohol is a drug that can kill- just 20 shot of liquor is enough to make someone OD. All alcohols (methyl, ethyl, propyl, etc) are all toxic ethanol is just metabolized more easily so it doesn't kill you as fast as drinking mouth wash (methanol). Cannabis is not "bad", it is used as medicine by many people, and it sure as hell is a lot healthier than alcohol.
This was a really good video. I wondered if you could do an episode about the UFO phenomena. I know it is a woo woo topic to you, but there is actually some really interesting and compelling data, studies and declassified CIA documents out there. You and others might laugh while reading my comment, and I myself would have done the same a couple of years ago. I am a born skeptic and I want data to support my believes, but I have finally come to a conclusion:
The UFO phenomena is either A) Crafts built by a non-terrestiral intelligence. B) Crafts built by an terrestiral intelligence, which has been kept away from the public. C) Both of the cases mentioned above (case A and B).
What is known about the UFO phenomena?
Well, we know from radar (radar on ground and air), gimball fighter-jet camera footage, mass sightings, eye witness accounts from trained observers (Pilots, astronauts ect.) - That these UFO/flying saucers can accelerate from a hovering state with no movement, to speeds well above multiple times the speed of sound in about 1 second. With these velocities they make 90 degree turns like a pingpong ball bouncing of a wall. The public should look into these studies and all the data. Yes, it might not mean aliens, but I don't think it's unlikely that it is aliens. Especially because these crafts were painted and described way before mankind ever made planes.
Good luck and keep up the good work :)
Bruh every 6 seconds someone dies from tobacco and every 13 seconds someone dies from alcohol and in the whole history of cannabis not a person has died from an overdose. I don’t even need a whole video to explain this. Loads of successful people have smoked it and never went for any heavy drugs. It’s the kids who believe that it is unhealthy who smoke it to look cool then goes with worse drugs afterwards and if nobody ever brainwashed people to think that weed is bad then the stupid people would leave it. I also heard in this video that it was apparently addictive however it is one of the least addictive drugs as they come so people can easily quit if they wanted to.
Lmfao... Great job, dingus. This video is pro-legalization and it was saying that while cannabis is slightly addictive, cigs and alcohol are much worse. Try... Idk... actually listening... It might help sometime.
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