When I was 16, I created the Cartoon "PotMan" -
however, it was the early 1980's and President Reagans "Just Say No", campaign was everywhere!
President Nixon originally Started the "Cannabis / War on Drugs". It was Reagan who re-Ignited the War, he also Incuded Marijuana in Their War On Drugs!
Also, my Grandfather was a Grand Marshall Freemason, so I Felt Morally & Ethically Obligated, Not to Glorify Pot. So, I put P.M. & C.C. in the "art closet".
Meanwhile, I have ceated nearly every kind of Art for clients.
With new found information And inspiration, in 2012, I started P.M. on fb! This IS How I Became "Educated", through "Social Media". I have been researching & educating ever since.
It All fits together perfect! We are continuously being Lied to by the Media, they do Not tell US the whole truth to protect their "Parents" interests. "They Lied about Everything, about the "Everything Plant"!
First of all, you may Read for free online - "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" - by "Jack Herer". Note: Jack ran for president twice in the 90's!
Even though smoking pot is Only 2-3% medicinal, statistics saw 63% Less head, neck & throat Cancers with heavy users. First we must have an educated society before WE may move forward. Knowledge is Key.
Spiritual awakening may be painful emotionally, because we shed away many of the constructs, beliefs, patterns "inner and outer" that we had surrounded ourselves with. Many of these constructs are not aligned with our True Spiritual Nature "T.S.N." and do us more harm than good. But we were convinced otherwise. We were positively sure we needed them to survive, identify with, to thrive, and to feel good. They deal with anything and everything in our lives, big and small, and are often things we hold very dear.
You may not be completely aware of what and how they work. Yet spiritual awakening is precisely about becoming aware of such constructs, and liberating you from them, yet you Had Believed you needed them there. Imagine "New Possibilities with Good Health and Environment".
Therefore, as these constructs are challenged - and sometimes ripped off - the process can be painful. Particularly so when we resist it. Yet the process needs to move forward, because your own spiritual desire for it, for freedom, for peace, for healing, surpassed your clinginess to the constructs that hold you prisoner. Imagine "New Possibilities with Good Health and Environment".
August 4, 2015 - Teen Marijuana Use Not Linked to Later Depression, Lung Cancer, Other Health Problems, Research Finds
Study contradicts some prior marijuana research
Read the journal article
- Chronic Adolescent Marijuana Use as a Risk Factor for Physical and Mental Health Problems in Young Adult Men (PDF, 243KB)
EDITOR’S NOTE: A clarification of the study referenced below was issued because of controversy surrounding the findings. The original article reported there was not a statistically significant difference among four groups of males who exhibited varying patterns of teenage marijuana use in relation to several physical and mental health issues later in life, including psychotic disorders. Because of the controversy, the authors were asked to conduct a different set of analyses that compared teens who were infrequent or nonusers of marijuana to a combined group of teens who used marijuana regularly over multiple years. Although these supplemental analyses indicated that teens who engaged in frequent marijuana use had a higher probability of meeting criteria for a psychotic disorder than infrequent/nonusers by their 30s, this difference did not reach statistical significance using a two-tailed test (p=.09).
WASHINGTON — Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University tracked 408 males from adolescence into their mid-30s for the study, which was published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors®.
“What we found was a little surprising,” said lead researcher Jordan Bechtold, PhD, a psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “There were no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that we measured regardless of the amount or frequency of marijuana used during adolescence.”
Marijuana use has undergone intense scrutiny as several states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug, prompting the researchers to examine whether teen marijuana use has long-term health consequences. Based on some prior studies, they expected to find a link between teen marijuana use and the later development of psychotic symptoms (delusions, hallucinations, etc.), cancer, asthma or respiratory problems, but they found none. The study also found no link between teen marijuana use and lifetime depression, anxiety, allergies, headaches or high blood pressure. This study is one of just a few studies on the long-term health effects of teen marijuana use that have tracked hundreds of participants for more than two decades of their lives, Bechtold said.
The research was an offshoot of the Pittsburgh Youth Study, which began tracking 14-year-old male Pittsburgh public school students in the late 1980s to analyze various health and social issues. For 12 years, participants were surveyed annually or semiannually, and a follow-up survey was conducted with 408 participants in 2009-10 when they were 36 years old. The study sample was 54 percent black, 42 percent white and 4 percent other races or ethnicities. There were no differences in the findings based on race or ethnicity.
Participants were divided into four groups based on their reported marijuana use: low or non-users (46 percent); early chronic users (22 percent); participants who only smoked marijuana during adolescence (11 percent); and those who began using marijuana later in their teen years and continued using the drug (21 percent). Early chronic users reported much higher marijuana use, which rapidly increased during their teens to a peak of more than 200 days per year on average when they were 22 years old. Their marijuana use then declined somewhat as they got older.
The researchers controlled for other factors that could have influenced the findings, including cigarette smoking, other illicit drug use, and participants’ access to health insurance. Since the study included only males, there were no findings or conclusions about women. Relatively few participants had psychotic symptoms, according to the study.
“We wanted to help inform the debate about legalization of marijuana, but it’s a very complicated issue and one study should not be taken in isolation,” Bechtold said.
Article: “Chronic Adolescent Marijuana Use as a Risk Factor for Physical and Mental Health Problems in Young Adult Men;” Jordan Bechtold, PhD, and Dustin Pardini, PhD University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Theresa Simpson, MA, and Helene R. White, PhD; Rutgers University; Psychology of Addictive Behaviors; published online Aug. 3, 2015.
The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.