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Marijuana Related Celebrity Deaths

George Michael and Carrie Fisher’s Deaths Have Marijuana in Common

Two recent untimely marijuana related celebrity deaths are a wake-up call about drug use. Both Carrie Fisher and George Michael were addicted to drugs, and both appear to have a problem with marijuana, in particular. Current scientific research is showing that marijuana is hazardous to the heart, and both of these famous people died of cardiac arrest.

The Carrie Fisher story began when her actress mother encouraged her to smoke pot at age 13. Carrie was an avid smoker for 6 years before moving on to cocaine and LSD. She ended up with full blown mental illness. Carrie suffered from bi-polar disorder, which is characterized by wild swings from mania to depression. The actress suspected her father was bi-polar as well.  She may have inherited his predisposition for the disorder. Yet heavy marijuana use, and use at young ages, increases the likelihood of triggering the disorder.

It is believed that Carrie Fisher was clean from drugs long before she died.  However, having used marijuana, followed by lots of cocaine, would have done considerable damage to anyone’s heart.

From the Washington Post article about her death, we read: “I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital,” Fisher said to Sawyer. “I used to think I was a drug addict, pure and simple — just someone who could not stop taking drugs willfully. And I was that. But it turns out that I am severely manic depressive.”

Marijuana and Bipolar Disorder

According to Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana does cause chemical imbalances, it overrides our naturally created feel good chemicals and suppress the body’s ability to produce them. A Psychiatry Journal study, Cannabis-Induced Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features, says clinicians agree that cannabis use can cause acute adverse mental effects that mimic psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Margaret Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister’s wife blamed marijuana for triggering her bipolar disorder.  She said that each episode of mania she experienced came after heavy marijuana use.

Lori Robinson, founder of MomsStrong.org, wants America to Wake Up to the Looming Health Crisis. Robinson and her husband, lost their oldest son to “marijuana withdrawal suicide.”  She works in the health field and is concerned that doctors are not making the connection between mental health problems and drug use. Neither are our parents and teenagers aware that marijuana use can lead to serious problems with brain health. However, a press conference warned about the risk more than 10 years ago. Unfortunately, the Press did not adequately report it.

George Michael struggled for years to overcome his addiction to marijuana. Just a year before his death, he went to one of the finest rehab centers in Europe.  All to no avail.

What we know from press reports about pop singer George Michael is that he was smoking up to 25 joints daily before he checked himself into rehab. He had several brushes with the law while under the influence. At one point he was forbidden to drive a car for 5 years. And yet, he declared that marijuana was not “getting in the way of my life in any way.” This is what is called ‘denial’ which is a common trait among drug users.

News reports of George Michael’s death say that in the end, he was struggling with addiction to heroin, and crack cocaine. Once again, the gateway theory that marijuana addiction leads to other drugs is confirmed in his tragic case.

It would be easy to write off these few bipolar celebrities as aberrations, but there is another singer, this one Irish, whose 30 year marijuana habit was widely reported. In this blog on a treatment center website it mentions at least one doctor gave her a bipolar diagnosis.

Marijuana and Heart Attacks

Check out the DrugAbuse.gov website, see the article on Marijuana. Here is the reference to heart attack, which both George Michael and Carrie Fisher died from:

“Increased heart rate. Marijuana raises heart rate for up to 3 hours after smoking. This effect may increase the chance of heart attack. Older people and those with heart problems may be at higher risk.”

Another celebrity, Whitney Houston died at age 48 of heart disease and drowning and was found to have both marijuana and cocaine in her system when she died.

These talented individuals suffered needlessly while they were alive and their talent was lost to the world too soon.

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Heath Ledger is another celebrity whose death is attributed to drug use.

It makes you wonder. Why aren’t we learning from these high profile cautionary tales? Why is marijuana use rising and why are legal strictures loosening?  We bemoan the loss of these celebrities but we need to look deeper as to why they have departed so young.

Marijuana Use Expands Crime

A teen in Massachusetts smoked pot with another teen and then killed him.   Also last week, details emerged about a teen in Alaska who killed another teen over weed.   When there’s marijuana, crime happens

At the same time news came out about a man in West Virginia who sexually assaulted and killing the his girlfriend’s baby girl.  The couple smoked pot the evening before it happened.

Beginning Thursday, Massachusetts is poised to allow home grows of twelve plants which will service the black market for marijuana.    The state needs to prepare people and warn people of increase in this type of violence.

Certain people become highly delusional under the influence of marijuana, and have strange visions.  On November 25, a stoned driver had intense fear of a construction worker and ran over him with his vehicle.

If marijuana didn’t affect the brain, people would not hallucinate and kill so frequently under its influence..   Certain people stay in the state marijuana-induced psychosis for a very long time.

If the psychosis turns into schizophrenia, marijuana makes the condition worse.   A 19-year-old fraternity boy in Florida, who killed a couple in Florida, also started eating them.   THC was the only drug in his system and his father says there is schizophrenia in the family.
Also in Florida, the day after Thanksgiving, a babysitter got stoned and let the child drown.

Legalization Does Not Free the Police

We wonder why marijuana legalization advocates say: “Legalize to free police for more serious crimes.”   There are far too many stories showing that marijuana increases crime.

In Colorado, prosecutors have noticed an increase in murders motivated by marijuana, since legalization.

Humboldt County, California, principle pot-growing region of the USA, has a murder rate that far exceeds national averages.

On the first day of legalization in Washington state in 2012, two people were murdered when they tried to steal a marijuana grow.

Earlier this year,  murderers killed eight family members in southern Ohio, revealing a massive marijuana growing business.   

Since Massachusetts allows huge home grows, it probably won’t be long before police will be investigating such murders.  Obviously voters didn’t understand Question 4.  The marijuana advocates in Massachusetts are laughing right now.

Vaping is Not a Safe Alternative

Marijuana Users Hide it with Vaporizers

While electronic cigarette enthusiasts and marijuana addicts continue to blow their clouds, new research conducted on electronic cigarettes has pointed towards the additional dangers. After conducting a federally funded study on the dangers of vaping, Harvard scientists are now calling for “urgent action.” The researchers found harmful chemicals that destroy the lungs; these chemicals are commonly found in vaporizer liquids, also known as “juice”.

Recently, a 14-year-old girl wound up in the hospital suffering from mild burns to the legs and arms while trying to enjoy a ride on the Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios. The man sitting next to her on the ride brought his vape to the amusement park. The vaporizer in his pocket exploded, causing burn injuries both to the man and teen girl. This was not an isolated incident. The U.S. Fire Administration deems electronic cigarettes as “flaming rockets” due to their ability to blow up as compared to other battery-powered devices. Despite this warning, the FFA is still allowing these devices on airplanes.

Dangers of Dabbing

The dangers of ‘dabbing’ are also quite alarming. Dabbing is smoking highly concentrated marijuana oil produced by using butane as a solvent. The ‘dabs’ are then smoked through a vape pen or bong. Vaporizers are often used to conceal the use of marijuana in school, at work, and any public place because the scent is not detectable. The dabbing trend has led to more marijuana addicts and home explosions because of the process of making the concentrate using highly flammable butane. What is disturbing is that marijuana users continue to ‘dab’ for the quick and fast effects of ‘dabbing’, the THC content can be up to 70 to 85 percent. Michigan State Police are facing the challenges of controlling the dangers of ‘dabbing’ as stated by Lt. David Kaiser, “We always have explosions. We always have severe burns. It’s something that can wreck your body and your life forever,”. (Jackman, 2015). According to Jackman, a link between psychosis and dabbing was also found.

Vaporizers Not Safer Than Tobacco

Vaporizers are widely known to be a “tobacco substitute.” Yet, the American Lung Association reports that vaporizers not only contain nicotine but other chemicals harmful to the lungs, including toxic-cancer causing chemicals, such as a chemical used in anti-freeze. The ‘vaping’ industry misleads smokers into believing that vaping is safer than smoking and a great way to quit cigarettes. The allure of the hundreds of flavors entices consumers to indulge. Young people are particularly vulnerable to such marketing messages. The flavors themselves contain harmful elements that damage the lungs. Diacetyl, a chemical found in flavors is now known to be harmful to the lungs.

Wired, the technology magazine, tells the stories of several tragic vape pen accidents. The fact that an electronic cigarette are blowing up in adults and teens faces resulting in fractures, burns, and broken teeth leaves us wondering why people continue to put themselves at risk. While we wait for further research to explore even more dangerous aspects of ‘vaping’, we can only hope that smokers will not be fooled into thinking vaping is a safer alternative.

Former Addict Comments on Mainstreaming of Marijuana

Illuminating Comment Thread on Bend Bulletin Article

A recent article, Mainstreaming Marijuana, which outlines the ominous trends due to marijuana legalization is sparking some good conversation on the issue. Here is a portion of the comment thread:

M. Parent wrote:

I don’t use cannabis. I just can’t tolerate people being punished for using it, having their lives ruined via draconian laws
Your addiction is quite rare. At least you were never in the position of dying or acquiring a deadly ailment via its use.

Most users have no issue or problems with mj other than legal ones.

Be well

Skyway 1234 responds:

Thank you for your polite response, which must be because you don’t smoke pot. The pot smokers are unbelievably nasty, cruel, rude and determined to have their way. We don’t have draconian marijuana laws anymore. Today the only time people are arrested and charged with marijuana possession is if they have other charges against them and law enforcement wants to throw the book at them.

The percentage of convictions for marijuana alone are very few. My addiction is sadly anything but rare. I’ve been sitting in meetings now for 29 years and marijuana is the #1 drug that I see people going back out on. It is insidious and anything but good for your health. Our society has raised it’s young people to believe marijuana is completely harmless, so they don’t have a clue of what they are doing to themselves.

Most users have issues and problems, but we have a cabal of marijuana sellers who are determined to make you believe it is wonderful to smoke pot. Think of how it was with Big Tobacco, only in addition to the smoke and tar in your lungs, you’re loaded. People are smoking pot and driving, raising children, going to work, getting divorced, and so on. My older brother doesn’t have a problem with marijuana, he just keeps getting divorced – 4 times so far. No problem.

No matter how obvious it is that a death has occurred as the direct result of marijuana, pro pot advocates will not admit it. For example, there was a case in San Diego where a teenaged girl was hired to babysit a 1 1/2 year old toddler. While at the house, the baby was playing in the bedroom alone, the girl got a call from her Aunt, stepped outside, and the two females started smoking pot out in the car. The thick smoke must have been what blocked them from seeing the baby come out of the house and walk into the street. The baby was killed.

Now, was that death due to marijuana? Of course it was. The pro marijuana people advocated and supported the teen until she was acquitted of all charges and let go. Baby dead – perp walking the street. No matter how awful it is, pot advocates will tell you that it wasn’t because of pot. I’ll give you a true set of statistics. We have 50 million people in the US with a pot problem, 60 million alcoholics, and 15-21 million hard drug addicts. 259 million prescriptions are written each year for painkillers alone – and 250 million for anti-depressants. All of the above is for a population of 321 million. According to a UN study conducted at the end of 2014, the US has 5% of the world’s population – and 80% of the world’s drug addicts. Do we really need to make it easier for young people to obtain and use mind altering substances?

I’m not arguing with you to be spiteful, or annoying, to irritate or be a “right fighter.” I am saying this because I don’t want to see the suicides, the psychotic reactions, the honey oil explosions, the head on collisions, and the terrible toll marijuana takes on our society in hundreds of ways.

Look around online to find information that is not being provided to you by the marijuana industry, because they are feathering their own nests by trying to get the young people to believe marijuana is utterly harmless. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Please read the full article here and the comments that follow:

Mainstreaming Marijuana in the Bend Bulletin