Potheads

denver_1“Raul Castro is Fidel’s right-hand man for all clandestine operations and Fidel viewed the drugs [marijuana, heroin, cocaine], as ‘a very important weapon against the United States, because drugs demoralize people and undermine society.’

“’The drugs were destined for the United States.  Our youth would not be harmed, but rather the youth of the United States, the youth of our enemies.  Therefore, the drugs were used as a political weapon because in that way we were delivering a blow to our principal enemy…the drug trafficking produced a very good economic benefit which we needed for our [Communist] revolution.  Again, in a few words, we wanted to provide food to our people with the suffering and death of the youth of the United States.’”  Joseph D. Douglass, Jr., Red Cocaine: The Drugging of America, p. 101, 102

Editor’s Note:  Dr. Douglass’ book published in 1990 is now coming to pass exactly as he outlined.  The basic strategy to “dope” the West and especially the United States was “set forth in 1961 or 1962 by Soviet General Kalashnik and reinforced by Mikhail Suslov, chief ideologist of the Communist Party.” P. 41 It has continued to the present via Communist Cuba! (See esp. chap. 8 “Cuba And The Rise Of Narco-Terrorism.”

“The more open-minded teen attitudes toward marijuana have no doubt been encouraged by the push toward legalization.  Twenty-one states, plus the District of Columbia, now permit marijuana for medicinal purposes.  Washington and Colorado already allow recreational use.” Daniel James Devine

The future, gone to pot

SCIENCE | Marijuana may be doing lasting harm to the brains of young, recreational users

Marijuana, the most common illegal drug in the United States, is increasing in popularity among the nation’s youth. The trend bodes ill for the future, suggests new research that is the first to show even “casual” smoking of marijuana—as infrequently as once a week—is linked to major changes in the brain.

In the study, a team of researchers from Northwestern University in Illinois, Harvard Medical School in Boston, and Massachusetts General Hospital used MRI to measure the volume, shape, and density of the amygdala and nucleus accumbens, two brain structures related to emotion, reward, and motivation. The scans revealed abnormalities in these structures among young adults ages 18 to 25 who smoked pot at least weekly.

“People think a little recreational use shouldn’t cause a problem, if someone is doing OK with work or school,” said Hans Breiter, one of the co-authors and a psychiatry professor at Northwestern. “Our data directly says this is not the case.”

Appearing in an April issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, the study adds to a body of research suggesting pot leaves a long-term mark on the brain, especially among younger users. A New Zealand study published in 2012 found that people who began smoking marijuana heavily as teenagers lost an average of eight IQ points between the ages of 13 and 38. Other research has found marijuana users have fewer brain connections in regions responsible for memory and learning.

Some skeptical researchers say the association between weed and IQ could be the fault of other potential factors, like personality or socioeconomic status. But if the hypothesis is true that pot dulls mental abilities, we should pay attention to another trend: Teenagers are becoming more likely to believe the drug is safe.

A Department of Health and Human Services survey released in December 2013 found that a declining number of American high-school seniors—only 40 percent—believe regular marijuana use is harmful (in 2012, 44 percent thought so). A quarter of seniors have smoked weed in the past month, and 7 percent smoke it daily—up from 2 percent in 1993. More than one in 10 eighth-graders have used marijuana in the past year.

The more open-minded teen attitudes toward marijuana have no doubt been encouraged by the push toward legalization. Twenty-one states, plus the District of Columbia, now permit marijuana for medicinal purposes. Washington and Colorado already allow recreational use.

In states with medical marijuana laws, one-third of 12th-graders who use pot say they sometimes obtain it from somebody with a medical marijuana prescription. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, around 9 percent of those users will eventually become addicted. Add in the decline in IQ, and we have the ingredients of a social experiment with generational consequences.

 

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