Not sure if there has been a discussion on this but Im wondering what people think about the war on drugs in particular the war on marijuana.
When you delve further into the history of marijuana in the USA it becomes apparent that the reasons for its relatively recent illegality (humans have been using marijuana for a myriad of reasons ie. medical, religious, recreational etc.for millenia) are based on racial discrimination and big businesses such as logging and cotton industries who were afraid of hemp as a sustainable and economical resource. It is also apparent that after prohibition (which so obviously did not work) there was a government agency the federal bureau of narcotics which would of had to be downsized considerably had the war on marijuana not been waged. A similar situation in the UK also entailed where weed was mainly made illegal due to political reasons.
I also note that allogations and arguments against weed have been inconsistent. First it was claimed to make people violent and crazy then governments warned it caused people to be lazy and unmotivated, then it was a gateway drug, now it causes depression. The only effects of marijuana that can be proved are that it makes you hungry, happy and sleepy and some new studies reveal marijuana may be beneficial to health.
Because marijuana is illegal I believe it creates more crime and problems than if it was legal where quality as well as age limits could be controlled . ALso the weed industry could also benefit the economy as well as the hemp industry. I think it is unfair that some are branded and seeen in the eyes of the law as criminals when in every other part of their lives they follow the law and many justifications as to why weed is legal are unfounded and unproven. The war on drugs also costs a load of money from peoples taxes.
I just want to know if there is anyone out there that disagrees with weed being legal and why?
The word "psychosis" is used to describe conditions that affect the mind, in which there has been some loss of contact with reality. The terms "early psychosis" or "first episode psychosis" mean that an individual is experiencing psychosis for the first time. Hallucinations, delusions (false beliefs), paranoia and disorganized thoughts and speech are symptoms of psychosis. These symptoms can seem so real that often the person does not realize that they are experiencing psychosis. Psychosis also affects feelings and behaviour.
Psychotic episodes are periods of time when symptoms of psychosis are strong and interfere with regular life. Although the lengths of these episodes vary from person to person and may only last a few hours or days, psychosis is most likely to continue for weeks, months or even years unless the person is given proper treatment.
The experience of psychosis varies greatly from person to person and individuals experiencing psychosis may have very different symptoms.
Approximately 3% of people will experience a psychotic episode at some stage in their life, although a first episode usually occurs in adolescence or early adult life. Psychosis occurs across all cultures and levels of socioeconomic status and affects males and females equally.
Being able to treat psychosis early is very important, since it usually starts during a very critical stage of a young person's life. Adolescents and young adults are just starting to develop their own identity, form lasting relationships, and make serious plans for their careers and future. A successful recovery leads to a healthy, productive future.
The first phase is called the Prodromal Phase.
The second phase is the Acute Phase.
The third phase is Recovery.
Early Signs (Prodromal Phase)
Prior to the onset of acute psychosis people may have symptoms that are characterized as Prodromal symptoms. Some of the more common Prodromal symptoms include:
These symptoms are very general and could be signs of many different things, including normal adolescent behaviour. It is always important to be on the alert for such changes in thoughts, feelings, perceptions and behaviour especially when they are continuous over a period of time. The earlier the treatment starts, the greater the chance of a successful recovery.
It is in the Acute Phase that typical psychotic symptoms emerge. These are the symptoms that are hard to miss. They are intense, active and continuous. They interfere with normal life functioning. These symptoms are frequently separated into "positive" and "negative" categories.
Positive symptoms are referred to as "positive" because they are viewed as an excess or distortion of the person's normal functioning.
Some of the positive symptoms include:
Delusions (Fixed false beliefs)
Disorganized Speech or Behaviour
The behaviour of individuals with psychosis also may be disorganized. The person may have difficulties performing activities of daily living (e.g., cooking, self-care) or display inappropriate behaviours or responses (e.g., laughing while describing a personal tragedy).
Negative symptoms reflect a decrease in, or loss of, normal functions. These symptoms are often less evident than positive symptoms and require careful assessment.
Some examples of negative symptoms include:
It is also common for other symptoms or problems to occur along with the psychotic symptoms.
In the recovery stage, the acute symptoms mentioned above will lessen and start to fade; however, some symptoms may linger. Even after the psychosis has responded to treatment, problems such as depression, anxiety, decreased self esteem, social problems and difficulties with work or school may occur.
Unfortunately, at this time there are many theories about what causes psychosis, but no definite answers. Psychosis occurs in a variety of mental and physical disorders; therefore, it likely has multiple causes. Biology, stress and drug use are three of the most common theories.
Neurotransmitters. There is strong evidence that some psychoses involve a dysfunction in neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are the "chemical messengers" of the brain. They transmit impulses throughout the brain and the central nervous system. Of particular importance is the neurotransmitter dopamine. Most antipsychotic drugs that control the positive symptoms of psychosis also block the transmission of dopamine.
Genetics. Individuals whose close relatives experience psychosis are themselves at increased risk. For example, the risk of developing psychosis associated with schizophrenia in the general population is approximately 1%, yet the children and siblings of those with schizophrenia have respective lifetime risks of 13% and 9%.
Brain Changes. Changes have been found in the brains of some individuals with schizophrenia, which appear to have been present since birth or early childhood. Possible causes of the changes include: genetic transmission, abnormal neurodevelopment and pregnancy or birth complications (e.g. exposure of mother to a virus during the second trimester of pregnancy).
Some psychoses appear to occur primarily in response to stress. In most cases, it is believed that a vulnerability to psychosis combined with stress will lead to psychosis.
Psychosis can be induced by drugs or can be drug assisted. For example, it appears that amphetamines can cause a psychotic episode, while other drugs, including marijuana, can increase a person's natural vulnerability to psychosis resulting in a psychotic episode.
Vulnerability to psychosis is acquired through a genetic predisposition, or as a result of an environmental insult to the brain (brain damage). Vulnerability can be measured by a family history of psychotic disorders, birth complications (e.g. oxygen deprivation of the baby) or brain injuries.
Stresses can be such things as significant life events (e.g. death of a loved one, moving to a new city, etc.), abuse of alcohol and drugs or stressful living conditions (e.g. high levels of family conflict or financial problems).
The degree of vulnerability varies from person to person. Likewise, the amount of stress that may trigger psychosis likely differs for each individual. For example, a person with a low vulnerability might withstand a large amount of stress without experiencing psychosis, whereas, a person with a high vulnerability might only withstand a minimal amount of stress without experiencing psychosis.
Although some individuals with psychosis may experience mood swings and increased feelings of agitation, they are more likely to present emotional dampening and social withdrawal. While strong delusions and hallucinations may cause a person to react unpredictably or even aggressively, individuals with psychosis are rarely violent and, in fact, they are at much greater risk of causing harm to themselves than to others."
This is a copy and paste from a psychology website. It just causes too much trouble with organized crime and the violence associated with it being illegal. Psychosis is relatively harmless compared to criminal violence and the cost to society to lock up all those people.