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Stop Ignoring the Science about Today’s Turbo-Charged Marijuana

Today’s Turbo-Charged Marijuana is Putting Children in Danger 

Why is it so difficult to accept the fact that 21st century marijuana and its derivatives are insidiously altering the brain chemistry of some teens/ young adults?
 
There’s a group of Moms who’ve banded together to expose the devastation potent pot is causing some of our kids who naively believe today’s high octane strains of pot are “benign,” “medicinal”  and “harmless.” However, one of the saddest videos on this topic I’ve just discovered goes back to 2005 under the ONDCP Director John Walters of President George W Bush’s Administration. This presentation never became a true Public Service Announcement or warning as was intended (uploaded Nov ’07). It didn’t get the circulation to parents and kids because of the politics and the lobbying power of marijuana which was so strong even then.

Pity it could have warned kids and parents just how DANGEROUS 21st century marijuana IS.

Kids are growing up in this “culture of pot,” yet have no clue they are playing Russian roulette with their precious brains. And tragically, for some, it’s too late by the time one of the hideous psychiatric disorders is triggered (in spite of the truth most kids have NO family history of any severe mental illness).

It has not been easy for myself or my family. Never in a billion years could I have imagined the hell we endured from the negative effects from our son’s naive use of today’s potent pot. He never used until moving away from home at age 19, but within a short time, at age 23, he went into this sudden, overnight descent into “THC-induced-psychosis.” The mental health facility misdiagnosed Shane even though he admitted to and tested (+) for THC on his toxicology test but in 2009 this diagnosis was not forthcoming.

It’s a long, horrific tale, but I assure you, I am not tragically misinformed. I’m already well educated in the sciences with two degrees, plus 30 years working in health care.

I don’t intend to let the public continue to deny the science.

Please consider educating yourselves, like we parents have had to do. It’s time we stop with the politics & greed involved in marijuana legalization (and yes the black market is still thriving in Colorado and Washington). Unless a reader has equal or higher education & expertise than the leading scientists like Dr. Bertha Madras, a Harvard psychiatry professor, or  Sir Professor Robin Murray, a leading researcher in schizophrenia at Kings College, London, let the science speak for itself.
 
The website Moms Strong recently launched and profiles a REAL story of marijuana harms each week. Please don’t insult the parents who write honest, heartbreaking stories.
 
Read about the eminent neuroscientist/pharmacologist, Christine Miller, PhD, who anchors the website as the Honorary Adviser from a scientific perspective. Her information includes three PDFs: marijuana & psychosis, marijuana & violence and marijuana & psychiatric disorders.
 
These tragedies are happening in every town across the U.S.

Perhaps, when it happens to your “child”, the viewers who deny potent pot tweaks some young brains, especially thru at least age 25 when the neural pruning process occurs, you will finally appreciate why politics must stop trumping science!


By Lori Robinson, co-founder of Moms Strong, a support group partnering to inform and educate those harmed by marijuana. Moms Strong is not funded by industry or the government, they’re parents hoping to spread awareness and prevent marijuana related tragedies.

Dangers of Driving High Explained by Former Pot User

Watch Rafael Garcia Explain Why Driving High Is Not Safe

Pot users propel the myth that driving high is safe. This story disproves this myth. Continue reading Dangers of Driving High Explained by Former Pot User

Shelby Overcame Her Marijuana Vice

“All you can think about is that high.” – Shelby on her marijuana vice

Shelby’s story is a daily reality for many young Americans today. Her story illustrates the peer pressure young people are constantly under, especially when drug related. Shelby succumbed to her marijuana vice after enjoying the “high” for a third time. By college she was dabbling in cocaine and pills. Continue reading Shelby Overcame Her Marijuana Vice

The Hoax Behind A Medical Marijuana Card

Testimony #2: “Our State Created My Son’s Addiction”

(Read our first medical marijuana testimony) 

As soon as my son turned 18, he got his own medical marijuana card. I am not sure what the condition, but that “is between the patients and their doctors.” Since he was an adult we couldn’t stop it. Who are these doctors who prescribe it for $35, sometimes on the phone, without even seeing the patients?

My son is an addict. My son says he started using weed at 11.  To our surprise he was already using before we ever had that first talk about drugs. I never caught him until age 15. He was an expert at hiding it. Until then, I thought we were dealing with alcohol, but he used pot before he ever used alcohol.

He got the pot from the mom of a friend at school who had medical marijuana card.   This parent shared the marijuana with her children.  Oh right, they tell us medical marijuana is a  privacy issue between the patient and the doctor. Oh, it would be more accurate to say it’s outright fraud.

He also used alcohol, but only on weekends. He used pot daily and during school. At first we had no idea what was happening and why he was so difficult. His grades were still ok.

kidssmoking potBy the time he got his medical marijuana card, he was already addicted. He couldn’t attend college classes and had to drop out after one quarter. He began making butane hash oil, and tried the pot edibles. He even began to use other drugs. He became psychotic and manic and unstable. He still insisted on having his medical marijuana, and it was the only way he would agree to come with us, if we let him have it. Even during psychosis, the dispensary gave him the marijuana. He smoked a ton of this pot on the way home and the next day he was full blown psychotic.

He ended up in the psych ward where the doctor told us he needed to stop using drugs before we could figure out if he had a mental illness or it was just drug-induced. He went into rehab, but that didn’t really work.

Every song he listened to glorified weed. He sold weed, wanted to grow weed, write about weed, lost girlfriends and sports, lost college. Yet he still believed that pot was not addictive. No counseling or treatment that we tried dislodged this weed addiction from his mind–until the heroin addiction. That’s what worked to get him to stop weed–heroin.

Finally after cycles of escalating drug use he has been sober for almost a year.  It appears that his mental problems were entirely because of his drug addiction. But our son lost so much in the process. He is now 23 and has a job. I don’t know if he will ever get his mind back fully.

I have seen countless news articles about kids getting arrested for large and small crimes with one common factor–they are high on a some drug or another, usually marijuana. Medical marijuana was extremely easy for kids to get in California as is alcohol. But marijuana is easier to hide than alcohol. It is also decriminalized and no one gets arrested unless pulled over for a traffic violation, stealing or using in school. It is virtually legal and rampant. Given that medical marijuana is available to anyone over 18 in CA, including addicts and the mentally ill, it’s clear the problems will only get worse if pot is legalized.

We know others from his school who had manic and psychotic episodes. They ‘re either in recovery struggling with addiction or mental illness, or, even worse, some of them are already dead.

Parents, get this: Once your kids are into to drugs, all control is gone. It’s lost. The whole family is at the mercy of the drug, and at the mercy of the addiction. You may be thinking–my kid would never use drugs–but I thought that too. I hope your kid does not do weed, but chances are he or she will. Will our younger son be lost too? We ignored him and spent too much time dealing with the other son. Let’s hope he learned a lesson from his brother.

A California mother shares heartbreaking testimony about her son’s drug addiction –thanks to the easy accessibility of a medical marijuana card leads to more drug abuse by teenagers. Classifying marijuana as “medical” is the entryway to get marijuana into younger hands. Marijuana is a  mind-altering drug, but the danger is greatest for those under 25 and it begins earlier where there are medical pot programs.