“Its impossible to shoot from the hip and diagnose anyone with a mental illness until they have been off drugs at least 90 days or more, I guess you could diagnose someone, but it would be a misdiagnosis....his drug problem and all that surround it needs to be handled first and you'll have a completely different charlie...”
JimRinX on Mar 1, 2011 at 14:58:53
“Actually.....that theory could have cost me my life when I was a teen, but then Medical Marijuana IS a Medicine, and IF you Take the Chronic Depression Medicine Away a Teenager having a 'black hole sun' day - they might just blow their own freaking heads off.
But that's Medical Marijuana - not Cocaine.
You People Need To Get A Clue About These Things!”
“Yes this is a big concern for sure, but many do not realize that alot of breast feeding mothers are presribed very potent prescription drugs, ant-depressants and painkillers while pregnant or breast feeding and being told that the drug toxins are not passed on to the child. This proves that not the case. Its unfortunate this mother of course bears this responsibitly of killing, had she been given truthful information about all drugs may never have become addicted in the first place.”
“As a former marijuana user, I still cannot understand why we would want to make marijuana legal. I later moved onto harder drugs and can remember being terribly depressed during that time. Forget politics for just a second if you can. If you understand physiology and the way the body works, the simple mechanism of marijuana causes you to get high would explain why the later depression occurs and the need to smoke more happens. Mark my words you are going to see depression and anxiety issues rise as a result. I don't want anyone to be in pain and possibly law enforcement should focus on more severe crimes, but making it legal, I mean look what goes on with alcohol and tobacco, they are legal and kill millions each year. What about work related injuries? Isn't marijuana responsible for a large percentage of work related injuries?”
“Educate the public yes, making it legal no. And regarding your point about tobacco, its legal and is alcohol and both kill more people individually than all other drugs combined. Drug companies want them to be legal for profit.”
“Yes alcohol is a drug, is legal and kills more people every year than all other drugs combined, legal and illegal. Legalizing drugs is not the answer. At one time they were legal and caused damage and then were made illegal as a result. Legalizing would be going backward. Its all about stopping it at origin and thats with the user or potential user's.”
“Parents should do full research before exposing kids to any toxic substance. Most vaccines are not needed, while some are most are not. You should obtain full disclosure. Additionally, per doctors the long term effects of the newer vaccines is still unknown”
“By the way, marijuana does effect the mental state of the user and contributes greatly to depression and anxiety by the physiological effect it has on the body. It is a toxin and burns up nutrition needed for normal bodily functions like production of neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphine serotonin etc, which are needed to maintain a sense of well being.”
TMcKeon on Jan 21, 2011 at 14:59:19
“Speaking strictly for myself, and a few of my girlfriends, I have found marijuana to be a very good aid to reduce anxiety, depression and mood swings associated with menopause. I tried a few other prescriptions for my "depression," -- which now I realize was not clinical, just a "phase" that we go through when we realize certain aspects of our life are now over -- and they were much more intrusive mentally than pot was. It basically mellowed me out, helped me with dealing with the life change, and kept me from biting everyone's head off. I used it as needed (certainly not every day, as with prescriptions) for just a few months. And every now and then, it gave me the giggles, which was more healing than anything.”
RadicalRuss on Jan 21, 2011 at 14:34:34
“You couldn't be more wrong.
THC, CBD, and the other cannabinoids are demonstrably and remarkably non-toxic. There is no effective LD-50 (a lethal dose that will kill half that try it, a pharmacological measure of toxicity) for cannabis. The DEA's Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young declared:
At present it is estimated that marijuana's LD-50 is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity.It also in no way "burns up nutrition". Cannabis acts on our endocannabinoid receptors located in the brain and throughout the body, not on dopamine or serotonin receptors in the brain.”
“What about the psychiatric drugs Loughner was on? I haven't seen any reports detailing those. It is also reported by recent Times article these drugs that are 7-10 times more likely to cause suicidal and homicidal behavior. What about those?”
SaddieMcCall on Jan 21, 2011 at 14:53:54
“I haven't read anything that suggested that he was being treated for psychiatric concerns. I've read that the college sent 4 officers to his house to inform him that he could not return to the college without a mental health evaluation and statement that he is not a threat to others before he would be permitted back in school. I haven't seen anything that suggests that he follow through with a mental health evaluation.”
“I dont know about getting arrested, may have been extreme but they definitily should have been handled, reprimanded for this, joke or not. I wonder if the kid in Nebraska was on meds......”
msmanatee on Jan 8, 2011 at 14:38:31
“Arrest them, put the in jail. Then kick their little butts out of school. I have a middle schooler. This in no way should be allowed. This is bullying in the highest order. If they are allowed to "bully" or threaten teachers, just think what they will do to fellow classmates with little or no power.
“People should be educated on the toxic effects of any drugs, and the least you can say about Salvia, its toxic, which means poisonous to the body. That in and of itself should enough to sway someone from doing it, but sad to say... its not. As with any drug there are going to be other more harmful effects that the desired effect, which have been creatively marketed as " side effects" when they are the overall effects, not side effects. As someone who has overcame addiction that started innocently enough, as a kid just trying to have a good time, I have since learned the end result of being exposed to any drug.”
Jan 12, 2010 at 17:44:40
“I agree with Nathalia franks and thank god everyday for sisters. My sister was who inspired my family to do something and not sit idly by and watch me self destruct. Had it not been for her taking those steps I most assuredly would be in prison as i was on probation with seven years hanging over my head and had violated my probation for the 3rd time. I OD'd during that time and finally came to my senses. I have since became a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, educated over 130,000 kids in six states about the dangers of drugs, helped hundreds get into rehab via interventions. While it is true the person has to be willing to get help interventions work about 95% of the time if done correctly with the help of a professional. I am sorry to hear about those that have failed, my heart goes out to you and your loved ones. I agree 100% with what Mr Lamm has to say! something can be done, and if, by the small chance it does not work, and small chance it is, at least the family knows they did everything they could to get the person help.”