I'd rather my kid smoke some nice home-grown weed than some mass-produced processed cigarettes...heck, even just rolled tobacco is fine too.
Anyway, if the worst your kid sister is doing is a little weed, talk to her, but don't act like her mom. If you're concerned, say so, but end of the day is it's still up to her, even if it's against the law.
And psychologically addicting is basically habitual which it is already classified as and rightfully so. But again, in my opinion, I honestly think it is that way because it has grown to be a drug that friends hang out and bond over more than anything else. Again basically it is habitual due to the social factors surrounding it. Also it is used to help treat and relieve many medical conditions.
be smart about your drugs and they will not hurt you.
Are you nervy? Irritable, depressed, tired of life? Keep it up.
It's spread somewhat throughout the world, though luckily the media concerning it was immensely negative from the start, deterring people away from trying it once they heard of it. The scary thing about Krokodil, though, is how extremely easy it is to make; with my knowledge of sterile compounding and chemistry, I could probably make a highly purified compound with miscellaneous substances around my apartment. The states are very lucky that people heard of it first in a negative light, instead of a positive one. As for heroin and crack, ultimately it depends on where you are... an addicted population is one that pays you a lot, and so there are a number of underground organizations with a direct interest in distributing it. Overall, there are more cocaine dealers arrested than any other illicit drug distributor.As for things that are obscure or strong e.g. Krokodil (a drug only really seen in a junkie population in Eastern Europe), heroin, crack, PCP etc. are not exactly easy to come by. Hell I go out clubbing every weekend and do work for nights in underground clubs where drugs are rife, even if I asked dealers who I know sell hundreds of pills, coke, ket, acid, 2CB etc. I would be VERY hard pressed to find any sort of person who even knows a dealer for the highly addictive and heavy drugs out there. They simply aren't easy to come by for a reason, it's just common sense not to take it. Though as a side note, there are a shit load of people out there who take things like heroin and lead a normal life, just because junkies get all the attention and others are reluctant to admit they take them, doesn't mean they don't.
I smoke weed every damn day to manage my ptsd, and to mange my daily nausea, and my chronic pain from nerve damage in my spine and hip. I was doing my finances last night high off my ass. and normally math fucks hard core with me. but I could unsderstand it last night just fine.
it also helps me when Im working out at the gym. alowes me to focus more. and it hels me push past what I normaly could not.
I don't consider sex to be intoxicating in the same way that marijuana is intoxicating. Sex doesn't (usually) impair short-term memory, increase social isolation, impair mathematical/logical abilities, and generate paranoia.
If it's only Marijuana I really wouldn't worry about it. I know lot of people who started doing that around 14 and they all turned out fine with jobs and many of them are happily married with children now.
FYI: Chocolate contains.
1. Anandamide: an endogenous cannabinoid found in the brain. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that targets the same brain structures as THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.
2. Theobromine: a stimulant frequently confused with caffeine. Theobromine affects humans similarly to caffeine, but on a much smaller scale.
3. Phenylethylamine: earned the nickname 'chocolate amphetamine.' High levels of this neurotransmitter help promote feelings of attraction, excitement, giddiness and apprehension. Phenylethylamine works by stimulating the brain's pleasure centres and reaches peak levels during orgasm. Chocolate has the highest concentration in any food of phenylethylamine, which is the chemical produced in the brain when a person is in love.
& if its MILK CHOCOLATE, heres another:
4. Casomorphins: peptides, i.e., protein fragments, derived from the digestion of milk protein. The distinguishing characteristic of casomorphins is that they have an opioid effect.
which makes it a drug as well. So that statement of yours falls flat when you realize just how many foods you would have to stop eating just to accommodate that request.
20 pages in and people are still peddling the myth that marijuana is harmless whilst accusing others of propaganda. At first I was considering watching an episode of Black Adder for some laughs but this thread continues to suffice.
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I don't say it always does. I say it can. When you are purchasing cannabis you are exposed to other drugs. Either by your dealer suggesting them to you, your friends deciding to experiment and peer pressure to join in, being offered them at parties or plenty other methods. If you weren't smoking weed and moving in these circles the opportunity is much less likely to arise.
If anyone could pop down to the local supermarket or chemist to pick up some cannabis the "gateway" aspect would be greatly reduced. Certain people would still be looking for a bigger high but a much lower percentage of cannabis users would be exposed, or have an easy opportunity, to move on to other drugs.
I do not think the smoking of weed is the most hazardous part of smoking weed. The method to aquire it forced by it being illegal is the biggest issue. But since it is illegal I consider the danger I associate with aquiring the cannabis to be part and parcel of smoking it.
Perhaps it's more the terminology that is causing disagreement here. Rather than "Cannabis is a gateway drug" it should be "The illegality of cannabis creates circumstances which lead to an expsoure to other drugs causing more people to try them".
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If you really are concerned then warn her of the legal repercussions, but don't try to stop her as she is no longer a baby. If she get's in trouble she will hopefuly learn from her mistake.
It's not that marijuana is dangerous or addictive (you'd have to be really stupid/willfully ignorant to believe that tripe). It is just that at 17 you should be doing important stuff. And one thing that marijuana does do is destroy motivation. She's at a poor age to squash her motivation to better herself and at that age it is more important than ever to do so. It may not be physically addictive and it may not be harmful to your health but it is harmful to your long-term prospects on life. If you talk to her about it just don't bullshit her with the same War on Drugs garbage they pushed off on us. Tell her the truth. Not that bad but still a bad idea at that point in time.
Damn, that derailed into pro-/anti-marihuana flame war quickly
This isn't the best place to go for an advise about such topic as you have both protagonists as well as opponents in this community, which is just gonna result in major disagreements
Go find out what she thinks about this topic and discuss, if she has at least some sense of responsibility and moral it should be just fine.
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