I haven't read through all of these replies, but I'm a bit of an unwitting expert on this subject thanks to my girlfriend, who is a neuroscience student and an avid potsmoker. She is the sort of person that researches everything she drinks/eats/smokes thoroughly before she puts it into her body, and this includes long talks with some of the leading professors in the neuroscience field and plenty of research in pyschopharmacology texts and such. In basic terms, science has been unable to prove that THC causes ANY longterm damage to cognition or any other function of the brain. There is an affect on short term memory retention, but that varies with the person and doesn't last very long at all, though that depends on the amount you smoke/eat. I don't know what most of this means, but she tells me that pot is beneficial because in people with an endocanabanoid shortage in their brains, it stimulates appetite and acts as an antidepressant. Also, it is a misconception that smoking can kill neurons, apparently it is quite the opposite, it fights exitotoxcicity which is what causes neural death in some diseases like Alzheimer's, and it also is the best anti-nausea medicine known to science. In her words, THC is about as intense a drug as caffeine, and much less addictive. Nicotine is a far more dangerous substance. Not a single person has EVER died from an overdose of THC, though with a strong enough injection it is theoretically possible, but eating/smoking it will never approach those levels.
Those are just a few of her many reasons she gave me for why pot is a benign substance that should be legalized and regulated like alcohol and tobacco. Personally, my subjective experience with pot is that it doesn't make you "stupid" or anything like that, it just makes you more of what you already are/feel. My girlfriend is brilliant and constantly questioning mechanisms in the brain and such, and when she is high she makes connections that she otherwise may not have made and does some excellent research in that state. For me, it makes me giddy and motivated for random adventures, which is basically how I always am, but with more euphoria and touch sensitivity than usual (speaking of which- sex on weed is something everyone should experience. It's wonderful).
|Quoting Avt007 (Reply 2):|
It's not good for you in any way, (unless you have cancer) it kills your short term memory, your motivation, and if you're caught, it can really screw up your life.
You are right about the being caught element... As smart as my gf is, she still sometimes travels with a little bit hidden on her in airports and such, which pisses me off when I find out because that sort of conviction, even if it is based on a law neither of us feels is sensible, could ruin her future career. Not worth it at all!
|Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 12):|
The ONLY way that I would ever legalize pot was if there were a field test the police could do in order to determine if someone was driving high.
You know, driving under the influence of any drug is a reckless and irresponsible thing, but I'll admit that I have driven fairly drunk and fairly high on a few occasions, and being high behind the wheel is MUCH safer than being drunk. At least in my case, I get paranoid that I'm going to kill someone so I become more focused on the road than when I'm dead sober and end up driving as if I had a femnazi dominatrix ready to viciously beat me for any road infraction in the passenger seat. I've also had my reaction time tested on a few occasions by unexpected manouvers by other cars, and it seems to me that I reacted just as quickly and smoothly as if I were sober, though I still think that it is reckless as other people may be more easily distracted when high.