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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
first off I love this vid but
I think this video is helpful and I like this very much I just think everyone has their own opinions. 🤔 some facts/opinions have very poor and unreliable detail backing it up. One day ☝️ I will make a video on my facts/opinions about life with or without the legalization of marijuana and the effect it have on the economy and are body’s but for now I will look at other people’s and make a decision “IS THIS TRUE OR NOT” for now NO. I know why marijuana is still illegal and you do too. we live in the USA
Good points, but most people who want to legalize marijuana are already addicted, and only want it legalized so they can do more drugs more openly. And most people who are addicted to marijuana are about as dumb as a rock, and unable to answer basic questions or even argue their points correctly. I do agree that people find ways to do illegal things regardless of the law, which is why people who advocate for gun-control baffle me.
Just shut up you people, unless you have any knowledge and experiences about this so called drug. This video is a total bs. As you noticed, they are anti-marijuana so, of course they didn't tell anything about the benefits. I know it can harm you as well, but is not as dangerous as they say or some of you imagine. Only if you do big amounts daily it would be harming, and this is true for anything, even sugar and salt. How can you say weed will get you to other drugs as well? Same case with the alcohol, you don't drink only Beer, at some point you're going to try other kinds of alcohol as well. It comes to your personal decision if you're going to do it or not. I know people who only smoke weed and don't do other stuff, not even alcohol... but there are people who do only cocaine or heroin. escuse about my english, i tried my best. Btw, there not even one death caused by Marijuana!
Anyone that thinks marijuana has been "engineered" to be more potent just never had a good hook up. been smoking for 20 years and the quality hasn't changed for me always been getting good buds. There is less shit bud around because people know better they've tried real weed
weed is bad because evil doctors who clearly know nothing about Medicine (unlike me and my Facebook friends) put it in our vaccines to make our kids believe the earth is round when it clearly is flat. trust me I did 20 minutes of Facebook research I'm a certified doctor.
Bush personally got in the planes and did 9/11 and don't pay your taxes.
All 3 arguments are dead wrong and been debunked countless times.
Cannabis does not cause psychosis.
It is not in anyway physically addicting.
The gateway drug nonsense is laughable.
It's the safest drug known to man.
Never tried alcohol or marijuana before. But I do see some arguments where people say marijuana isn’t TOTALLY bad (of course with low doses), and that even alcohol or smoking could bring TEMPORARY benefits, but not for long. Different arguments state that marijuana is less dangerous than drugs or tobacco (but not the addiction that helps). I’ve seen A FEW comments where they say that marijuana should be 100% illegal, because of social effects that marijuana does. However, the solution should be to REDUCE, not to eradicate. Under some research could we see that marijuana and alcohol boost happiness levels, if we use only a little of it. It’s more important to stop crime cause by either drugs or leaves. I know what I said is almost impossible, but at least we could try and help a little?...
Bonus fact: marijuana has never killed anyone, but only encouraged them to do crazy stuff, so don’t get me wrong.
Another thing: the word “illegal” doesn’t mean it has to be eradicated, but it should be kept at bay, and strictly supervised, because there’s never 100% that anything could be totally banned from people.
The worst and most ignorant argument about weed potency “higher thc level since decades ago”
Yes that is true , because people are smart and know how to grow better weed. That doesn’t mean it’s more dangerous than the mess potent weed. Just smoke less. If anything, higher potency means well tended plants , meaning a cleaner and more tasty high. The reason you’re going to get anxiety is because your tolerance is close to fucking 0. So shit you’re going to get high. People act like people are trying to make marijuana into this potent psychosis trap, when they are just so misinformed about plants in general.
This is going to sound weird or even stupid but the thc to cbd really depends where you get it. In n. ireland it is apparently just fine but move across the water to Britain and it can be far worse in that range.
Gateway drug: just shit imo. As you say its cigarettes and alcohol are the main gateway drugs.
Addiction: il give you guys this one addiction is negative
Drugs are pain relievers in a painful culture and society. There are different ones. Assholes enslave people with addictive ones like Oxycotin, heroin, and booze. It's all about profit. So many things are addictive, gambling, religion. (Pain relievers). Try outlawing these things! People must become enlightened after they think about this stuff. Thinking is comparing and contrasting. Apes do it with sticks, and then enlightenment comes. They choose a stick or throw both away. Conversations often lead to enlightenment. Thinking comes naturally from them.
Ill be honest, im pretty on the fence about the whole marijuana debate but I have never heard of anyone developing psychosis from marijuana...that seems ridiculous. The argument that marijuana makes you feel lazy and unmotivated is a far more legitimate point imho.
I'd be more than happy for the UK government to take it from the dealers & regulate it, I've also no objections to them growing my weed with the CBD back in as long as it's clean & readily available at a price that is either the same as street prices or less.
One other thing i'd like to address is the humongous disconnect & total misunderstanding of the actual physical effects of Cannabis (the actual high you get) compared to other "Drugs" like opiods for example & how they act on the brain, but Cannabis is still lumped in with all other drugs & considered dangerous.
the whole statement saying that all weed is super strong now is false, they specifically have different shelves for different levels. bottom shelf always lowest thc for people with a low tolerance. then mids and tops. plus, you control how MUCH you personally smoke as well so even i you smoke something twice as strong, you may only smoke half as much.
the only reason studies support marijuana being stronger is because the stuff they're comparing the modern product to has been sitting in an evidence locker for 50+ years... and it was probably crap mexican shag back then too.
people have been making high potency hashish many times stronger than raw marijuana for thousands of years, yet this fact is constantly ignored.
you're so transparently biased it's hilarious.
I googled psychosis and checked out the symptoms. Wow, it's spot on to what a weed paranoia trip is (usually when you smoked way too much) This was a very helpful video thank you for the clarity.
People may experience:
Behavioral: disorganized behavior, aggression, agitation, hostility, hyperactivity, hypervigilance, nonsense word repetition, repetitive movements, restlessness, self-harm, social isolation, lack of restraint, or persistent repetition of words or actions
Cognitive: thought disorder, confusion, belief that an ordinary event has special and personal meaning, belief that thoughts aren't one's own, disorientation, memory loss, racing thoughts, slowness in activity, thoughts of suicide, unwanted thoughts, difficulty thinking and understanding, or false belief of superiority
Mood: anger, anxiety, apathy, excitement, feeling detached from self, general discontent, limited range of emotions, loneliness, or nervousness
Psychological: fear, hearing voices, depression, manic episode, paranoia, persecutory delusion, religious delusion, or visual hallucinations
Speech: deficiency of speech, excessive wordiness, incoherent speech, or rapid and frenzied speaking
Also common: nightmares or tactile hallucination
JUST SMOKE IN MODERATION.
most people describe cannabis induced metabolism as a calm warm feeling that starts around the head and spreads to the rest of the body. a minor bump to the heart beat and then calm submission... if they are tripping Balls that is another story altogether
I found most of the fact's to be true (almost nothing has no negative side effect's) but the numbers scewed to high to the negative side, specifically about psychosis and the negative health effect's.
I've never seen any studies that put the health risks as high as this video, but I understand that this video is trying to appeal to zealot's and if you give conservative/reasonable numbers then those people won't even begin to take on any new information.
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just because Weed and others are drugs....doesnt mean weed is the gateway....ppl say its the gateway because its the first thing we do is smoke weed. its like if id say alcohol was gateway for weed in the past.
I don't smoke cannabis anymore, it causes me to get very existential and anxious so I no longer enjoy it.
However, recent research into the human genome has shown that there is a true predictor and relationship between psychosis, schizophrenia and THC.
If the COMT gene is present in the genotype of a human, it can be used as an accurate predictor of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a disorder that can cause psychotic episodes, and the COMT gene also positively predicts the onset of psychosis in cannabis consumption. The modern "myth" that the potency of THC plays a strong correlation with psychosis has been undermined by recent studies, and has been shown to be a non-major factor in psychotic episodes. Instead, with our development in genetic studies, we may be able to predict who is susceptible to psychosis based on their genetics, once we are able to accurately read genetic data, and not just danger patterns within genes.
The whole issue of it being a gate way drug is conjecture and a conclusion drawn from popular belief. Truly, cigarettes, alcohol and prescription drugs are more dangerous than Marijuana. But this video openly undermines that point yet still uses it as a valid argument. Why do people believe this?
Michael Affleck I also do magic mushrooms ,lsd and estasy because those drug are non toxic and non addictive . I don't use cocaine , heroin ,tobacco ,alcohol and anti-depressants like prozac , paxil , zoloft . Over half the people that use ssri antidepressants suffer sexual side effects from those little pills . Cocaine is really bad for ones heart and highly addictive. Alcohol destroys peoples organs including the brain . Heroin is also highly addictive and tobbaco is downright deady . I have concentration problems and slight bronchitis but I feel great so kids remember please stay away from most antidepressants and all drugs including ritilan. Countless new dangerous synthetic drugs are coming so cannabis is the least dangerous . All people should know that .
+Brogan your right . I havè had a number of bad trips but was lucky to be around friends . A novice should not go a do Psyedelics alone . They can be scary as hell ? I will only take lsd if other people have tried the same batch first and said it was clean . I checked on the estasy thing and it can lead to psychological dependence.
Dave Schulz Cool. Just to be clear, definitely wasn't trying to say you don't manage them properly. Was just putting it out there for other people reading that those things can be toxic or at least risky if you aren't careful. It's been about 8 months since my last trip. Did too much (7g of potent dried mushrooms) and had to take a break. Example of how not to respect psychedelics
+Brogan I have been doing psychedelics for 35 years but only once or twice a year now because my body metabolizes drugs differently since I am became an old fart . I also did catuaba and, yohimbe . I want to try peyote and toad licking but will have to wait till I go to Mexico.
+Brogan ya but it sure beats going to church and listening to all that bs . Magic mushrooms are easy to identity in this neck of the woods . I have test kit for the the estasy and can tell if its mda or mdma . Steve Jobs ,if you read his autobiography said taking lsd was one of the eye opening , mind expanding things he ever did in his life . Psyedelics are fun and the reason why some lsd is toxic is because its illegal and there is no quality control in the manufacturing process. Lsd 25 is very clean and should be legal and sold to adults .People own their bodies and minds and they do not belong to the state or country they live in . A drug free world is a " pipe dream " and will never happen thank god !
this video is such right wing bullshit, first off thc isn’t a drug, drugs are artificial manufactured and thc is naturally occurring, the only thing thc is a gateway to is the fridge, it is not unhealthy the only thing that is unhealthy about it is the physical act of smoking, get your facts straight and don’t just accept a “study” because you agree
Grandi jos Grandi jos watched it from beginning to end and it is absolutely not pro-weed, the only thing pro about it was the suggestion that it should be legalized but that was only the last 15 seconds, the rest of the video was saying “how bad” it is, which is a right wing point of view and the legalization point was to protect people from something that people don’t need protection from, my bad for the language though
It should be illegal for you to have an opinion.
If someone wants to smoke or do something that doesnt effect you than who are you to tell them no?
How about if i told you, you cant drink alcohol cause i dont like it... yeah fuck you dude
young people will want to do drugs, it's easier to buy illegal drugs than alcohol and tobacco when you're under 18, and if a relatively harmless drug like weed is inaccessible to young people, they'll do other more dangerous things
Ok do a video about cannabis' beneficial properties and i guarantee it will out weigh the negatives. Its not for everyone but it should be legal. In fact it should be considered produce. Especially if alcohol is legal which does far more harm than all drugs put together.
Its stupid to deny supply and demand in the first place. Who is this guys patron? Big Pharma? Big Alcohol? Seriously end the drug war and make them all legal. Clean them up and tax them heavily. Pay some debts, and fund scientific research! Jesus!
well,smoking weed does have it's bad sides. but if we legalize it we can actually research it properly and and get to know even more about this plant. I mean, we're already on our way to use it in medical care. (The CBD part). Although all in all, with weed it's dependent on the person you are and the mindset you have whilst using it.
wow I have always hated smoking weed because it meses with my head in. a way I couldn't explain and it just made me feel different than other people who smoke it. I guess I have this phycosis thing he's talking about.
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