Drug War Propaganda Continues | National Institute on Drug Abuse

This was a great video up until the last 30 seconds where the intentional drug war propaganda was inserted.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

[Marijuana use can have far reaching consequences in the user’s brain.  THC can activate cannabinoid receptors found throughout the brain, altering healthy communication within the brain and with the rest of the body; this can affect motions, movement, learning, memory and decision making.  Using marijuana frequently, especially during adolescence over stimulates the reward system and can change the brain’s actual wiring.  Such use can lead to addiction and other mental health illnesses, and even lower a person’s IQ.]

The drug war propaganda in this video is strategically concealed in semantics.  I’ll just point out a few examples of what I’m talking about.

1.       “THC can activate cannabinoid receptors found throughout the brain, altering healthy communication within the brain and with the rest of the body”.

The use of the word “healthy” in this video insinuates that normal neural activity is always good, and that any sort of deviation from that norm is unhealthy.  If you believe that any sort of mind altering effects are unhealthy, then by this logic you surly must also agree that meditation, long distance running, and sex are also unhealthy…. Yes that statement quickly becomes absurd when you dissolve NIDA’s semantical inserts. 

 

2.       “Using marijuana frequently, especially during adolescence over stimulates the reward system and can change the brain’s actual wiring. “

The phrase “over stimulates” insinuates that any increase in the production of dopamine is a bad thing.  The reality is that each brain is uniquely wired, some produce too little dopamine, some too much.  To assume that any increase in dopamine is unhealthy, is just flat out incorrect and purposely misleading.

According to Mental Health Daily:

“Heightened levels of dopamine are associated with improvements in cognitive function such as memory, learning, and problem solving.”

“High dopamine in certain areas of the brain may enhance our ability to learn new things. Those with deficient dopamine have a difficult time sustaining motivation to put forth sustained effort to learn something new. Those with low dopamine may experience learning deficits because they remain unmotivated.”

“Higher levels of dopamine may be involved in cognitive organization or allowing us to organize our thoughts. Those that have a difficult time organizing thoughts or staying productive are thought to have lower levels of dopamine. If you have an easy time organizing your thoughts and verbalizing these thoughts, you may have elevated dopamine.”

“Those that are highly motivated tend to implement systems that increase their productivity. Since there is a dopaminergic reward associated with getting more work done (e.g. money, fame, success), those with high dopamine may be more productive than average. Those that are lazy, unmotivated, and underproductive may need to elevate their dopamine levels.”

NIDA was correct about marijuana being able to change the brain’s wiring… but so does learning how to juggle, dating a new person, buying a new car, or doing anything new…. Neuroplasticity and neurogenesis is a good thing!  For people suffering from PTSD, this re-hardwiring of the brain is exactly what they want to have happen to return back to good mental health standards.

 

3.       Such use can lead to addiction and other mental health illnesses, and even lower a person’s IQ.

You know what else can lead to addiction and other mental health illnesses, and even lower a person’s IQ?

1.       Watching Television

2.       Playing video games

3.       Prescription Antidepressants

4.       Fanatical Religiosity

5.       Incarceration

6.       Body Building

7.       Bulimia nervosa

8.       Porn

9.       Sugar

10.      Etc…

 

The public deserves more factual reporting and less intentional drug war propaganda from taxpayer funded “scientific” institutes.  Many people have benefited greatly from using medical cannabis, and NIDA is upset by that fact.  I don’t disagree that for some people, especially children, cannabis usage can become harmful, but for others, it may be a lifesaving medicine.

By the way, NIDA receives a Billion dollars a year in taxpayer funding.  Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/legislative-activities/budget-information/fiscal-year-2017-budget-information-congressional-justification-national-institute-drug-abuse

In honor of NIDA, here are 100 scientific studies into the medical uses of cannabis:

 

Cannabis kills tumor cells

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1576089

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20090845

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/616322

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14640910

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19480992

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15275820

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15638794

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16818650

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20307616

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16616335

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16624285

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10700234

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17675107

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14617682

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17342320

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16893424

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15026328

Uterine, testicular, and pancreatic cancers

http://www.cancer.gov/…/c…/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20925645

Brain cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11479216

Mouth and throat cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734

Breast cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18454173

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16728591

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9653194

Lung cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25069049

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198381?dopt=Abstract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21097714?dopt=Abstract

Prostate cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841?dopt=Abstract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339795/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594963

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15753356

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10570948

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19690545

Blood cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12091357

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594

Skin cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12511587

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19608284

Liver cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475304

Cannabis cancer cures (general)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12514108

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15313899

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20053780

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18199524

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19589225

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12182964

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442435

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12723496

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16250836

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17237277

Cholangiocarcinoma cancer

http://ww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21115947

Leukemia

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15454482

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16139274

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14692532

Cannabis partially/fully induced cancer cell death

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12130702

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19457575

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18615640

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17931597

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18438336

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18387516

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15453094

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19229996

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9771884

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18339876

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12133838

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16596790

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11269508

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15958274

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19425170

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17202146

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11903061

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15451022

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20336665

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19394652

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11106791

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19189659

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16500647

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19539619

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19059457

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16909207

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18088200

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10913156

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18354058

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19189054

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17934890

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16571653

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19889794

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15361550

Translocation-positive rhabdomyosarcoma

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19509271

Lymphoma

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18546271

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16936228

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16337199

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19609004

Cannabis kills cancer cells

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16818634

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12648025

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16835997

Melanoma

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17065222

Thyroid carcinoma

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18197164

Colon cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18938775

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19047095

Intestinal inflammation and cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442536

Cannabis inhibits cancer cell invasion

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19914218

 

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