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
6. Body Building
7. Bulimia nervosa
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
Uterine, testicular, and pancreatic cancers
Mouth and throat cancer
Cannabis cancer cures (general)
Cannabis partially/fully induced cancer cell death
Cannabis kills cancer cells
Intestinal inflammation and cancer
Cannabis inhibits cancer cell invasion
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· “This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming.”;
· “Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.”;
· “There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.”; and
· “For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.”