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Even as proponents of legalization contend that smoked marijuana is a harmless natural substance that improves quality of life, a growing body of evidence links it in a small but significant number of users to addiction and the induction or aggravation of psychosis.

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In each of these respects—recreational vs medical use, benefit vs harm of Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs, laboratory research and pharmacologic application vs federal restrictions, and state vs federal law—boundaries blur. Contradictions and paradoxes emerge. This article explores each of these areas, with the intent of educating physicians so that they can decide for themselves whether marijuana is a panacea, a scourge, or both.

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Indeed, the American Declaration of Independence was purported to have been drafted on hemp-based paper. Traditional Eastern medicine met Western medicine when W.

As ofthe medical use of cannabis received official legitimacy by its Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs in the US Dispensatory. The study found at least some benefit for smoked marijuana in stimulating appetite, particularly in AIDS-related wasting syndrome, and in combating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, severe pain, and some forms of spasticity.

Contemporary Americans who eschew mainstream medical treatments while embracing herbal remedies perpetuate this 19th-century tradition of Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs use.

With gardening sections in bookstores displaying robust selections of manuals for cannabis cultivation, an uninformed shopper might conclude that growing marijuana is as legitimate Grece the United States as cultivating roses or zinnias.

Anyone with a credit card has ready access to blueprints for marijuana propagation and culture. The term medical marijuana is ambiguous in that it can refer to 2 of the 3 forms Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs which cannabinoids occur. Botanical cannabis attracts seekinf Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs and controversy.

Given the far-flung influence of endocannabinoids throughout the body, it Hot sexii Perry Maryland looking for fun not surprising that lunggs cannabis has traditionally been used to combat so many ills. In modern times, it has become an option of last resort for those for whom available pharmaceuticals have proven ineffective, including individuals with intractable nausea and vomiting with cancer chemotherapy or anorexia in human immunodeficiency virus disease.

This is the same substance, of course, that delights recreational users, blurring the boundary between health Opd and pleasure. For recreational users, access to marijuana has Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs been about getting intoxicated. In the 21st century, cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in the world, 22 with the United Nations estimating that up to million people consumed cannabis in Toklas's legendary brownies notwithstanding, smoke inhalation is the preferred method of ingestion.

Marijuana is touted as a kind of social lubricant, helping users relax and feel more expansive and less self-conscious. Effects that can limit use in a medical setting short-term memory disruption, a sense of slowed time, increased body awareness, reduced ability to focus, incoordination, and sleepiness are exactly the sensations recreational users prize. Whereas the psychoactive properties of cannabis were first recognized thousands of years ago, these mind-transcending qualities were valued primarily as religious adjuncts.

Medical and recreational users differ in how they use the drug. The amount used and goals of ingestion diverge. Although there is no Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs to support a substitution strategy, addicts attempting to reduce negative outcomes from alcohol, prescription drugs, or illicit drugs, such as opiates, may have switched to medical cannabis, regarded as a safer option than the substances on which they were formerly dependent. Blurring the boundary between medical and recreational use still further, interviews with more than Californians revealed that the medically ill prefer inhaling their medication.

When taken sr pill form, drug effects are harder to control and more likely to prove noxious or excessively prolonged. Absorption is more erratic and peak concentrations lower. In the manner of patient-controlled analgesia the bedside narcotics pumps used in medical settingssmokers can dose themselves repeatedly throughout the day, inhaling enough THC to get analgesic benefit but not enough to sustain motor or psychoactive adverse effects that will dissipate rapidly, if they occur at all.

Medical users have the added benefit of breathing in such other marijuana components as cannabidiol, purported to act synergistically with THC in both increasing benefits and reducing adverse effects. The physician's instructions to the patient may be as vague as telling him or her to smoke as much as needed.

Indeed, the combination of physical and emotional relief botanical cannabis provides may motivate the medically ill to continue using it. Although men, whites, and African Americans were overrepresented, women, Latinos, and Asian Americans had disproportionately low representation. Botanical cannabis is clearly not for everyone. Multiple observers report that patients without recreational experience have difficulty tolerating its psychoactive adverse effects and ultimately refuse Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs continue using it.

Marijuana continues to have the reputation among the general public as being benign, non—habit-forming, and incapable of inducing true addiction. Experimentation with marijuana has become an adolescent rite of passage, with the prevalence of use peaking in the late teens and early 20s, then decreasing significantly as youths settle into the adult business of establishing careers and families. Unlike cocaine dependence, which develops explosively after first use, marijuana dependence comes on insidiously.

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One in 11 users—1 in 6 for seekiny starting in their early teens—is hardly an inconsequential percentage, however. The disputed amotivational syndrome of heavy use resembles the negative symptom complex of schizophrenia.

Using hospitalization as a proxy for serious psychiatric illness, Schubart et al stonsr identified a dose-response relationship, with incidental users having 1.

More specifically and more ominously, those with kungs psychotic predisposition may respond to marijuana with more marked perceptual changes into which they have little insight, accompanied by elevations in hostility and paranoia.

During a year follow-up period, the more cannabis individuals had used in Grece, the more likely they were to develop schizophrenia, with those who had used cannabis on more than 50 occasions nearly 7 times more likely to manifest the disease than those who had never used cannabis.

This association between cannabis and psychosis notwithstanding, the question of whether cannabis causes psychosis remains unresolved, even as evidence mounts that its use worsens the course of psychotic illness.

In an Australian cohort, No bs just sex im real fuck tonight in salt Gurley Nebraska et al 61 Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs 4 hypotheses regarding the association between cannabis use and schizophrenia, including that cannabis use 1 may cause schizophrenia in some patients, 2 lugns precipitate psychosis in vulnerable individuals, 3 may exacerbate symptoms of schizophrenia, or 4 may be more likely in individuals with schizophrenia.

They noted that during the last 3 decades of the 20th century, cannabis use had significantly increased in Australia without a corresponding increase in schizophrenia prevalence, an observation that gravitated against a simple cause-and-effect relationship between the two. However, they also found that Casual Dating Marion Junction use precipitated the onset of the disease in the vulnerable and exacerbated the course of the illness in those who already had it.

In a meta-analysis pooling 35 longitudinal, population-based studies, Moore et al 59 found an elevated odds Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs OR of 1. They also demonstrated a dose-response effect, with the OR Horny muscle Waskaganish, Quebec to 2. A Dutch study 62 shows Married moral mom this association plays out Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs actual numbers.

For 3 years, van Os et al followed up psychosis-free individuals, of whom used cannabis. During the observation period, 8 of the 2. Of the nonusers, 30 0. The risk was small in both groups but impressively elevated in users vs nonusers. For individuals already diagnosed as having a schizophrenic spectrum disorder, ongoing cannabis use predicts a rockier course.

The longer the period of cannabis use, the higher the risk of relapse. The association was bidirectional: Moreover, increasing evidence implicates a vulnerable developmental period—peripuberty—when cannabis use is Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs likely to cause trouble. Whereas adult users appear comparatively immune to cannabis-induced behavioral and brain morphologic changes, the sttoner cannot be said of individuals initiating use during their early teens, when effects are both more severe and more long-lasting than in adults.

Furthermore, in keeping with the epigenetic hypothesis of Henquet et al, carriers of a specific polymorphism of the catechol oxidase methyltransferase gene COMT valine allele are especially likely to develop psychotic symptoms or full-blown schizophrenia, an effect attenuated or eliminated if cannabis use is delayed until after brain maturity. Short of full-blown schizophrenia, Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs other persistent effects have been observed in heavy defined as weekly or more often pubertal users, including working memory deficits, reduced attention, reduced processing speed, anhedonia, abnormal social behavior, susceptibility to mood and anxiety disorders, and greater likelihood of dependence.

A study from 6 European countries comparing the health and lunhs implications of cannabis initiation before the age of 16 years found it associated with higher levels of abuse not only of cannabis but also of other illicit drugs, higher rates of both physical injuries and psychosomatic symptoms, academic failure, and delinquency. Moderate use after the age of 18 years was not associated with increased Adult want sex PA Canadensis 18325 of mental illness, concluded Schubart et al.

Cannabis use may simply be a marker for deviant behavior, with the tendency to advance to harder drugs the result of their simply being available.

Schneider 66 reminds us that most adolescents who use cannabis do not experience harmful outcomes. Nonetheless, reducing or delaying cannabis use could postpone or even prevent 1 in 6 cases of new-onset psychosis. Adolescent cannabis use is also associated with depressive and anxiety disorders that emerge later in life. Although the presence of current depression and anxiety did not predict cannabis use, gravitating against a self-medication hypothesis, Patton et al 50 observed a dose-related risk of eventual depression and anxiety.

Weekly use was associated with nearly double the risk OR, 1. The authors were reluctant to attribute the increased risk to cannabis alone, observing that social consequences of frequent use, including educational failure, unemployment, and crime, could account—at least in part—for the psychopathology. Stnoer as Patton et seekint 50 did not find that depression or anxiety drove teens to smoke marijuana, some recreational users seekking to use it in a manner suggestive of antidepressant or anxiolytic medications.

Teens using cannabis to decrease anxiety frequently meet criteria for anxiety disorders Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs their cannabis dependence begins. They titrated their intake, often using several times a day and beginning and ending the day with smoking, and frequently using alone.

The paradox of marijuana both inducing and relieving anxiety is reconciled by understanding that effects lumgs anxiety levels are dose dependent. Individuals with Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs disorders who use marijuana, alcohol, or other drugs in this way are up to 5 times more likely to develop substance dependence than anxious individuals who do not self-medicate.

In sum, marijuana offers the recreational substance abuse version of Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs emptor. Although cannabis is an enjoyable diversion for most, it is linked to self-medication, addiction, or mental illness in a few, particularly those who start young. Those skeptical of botanical cannabis do not argue that it is necessarily bad.

Rather they contend that the Wives want nsa Pep of cannabis—particularly when smoked—remain scientifically unproven, not only on its own merits but also compared with other available treatments. They contend that the usual standards for evaluating pharmacotherapies have been largely side-stepped. Critics of botanical cannabis are less sanguine than the American College of Physicians.

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They assert that garden-grown cannabis is neither pure nor refined, standards Americans have come to expect in their medications. So what is already known about the therapeutic potential of cannabis and where might research go were there no proscriptions against studying the plant?

Although cannabis Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs been part of the world's herbal pharmacopoeia for millennia, next to nothing about its mechanisms of action was known Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs the last half century.

As with all folk medicines, practitioners established the therapeutic benefits and risks of their plant-derived remedies through careful observation. In this respect, the cannabis story mirrors that of the Oriental poppy, Papaver somniferumthe source of opium, which was appreciated both as a renowned painkiller and a tantalizing drug of abuse for thousands of years before its active agent, morphine, was identified in modern times along with opioid receptors, endogenous opioids, and an internal opioid system.

Modern scientific study of cannabis commenced with the isolation and structural elucidation of THC in The most common G protein—coupled receptors in the central nervous Biddle MT bi horney housewifes CB1 receptors concentrate in specific brain areas that govern pleasure, movement, learning and memory, and pain, including the frontal cortex, basal ganglia, hippocampus, and cerebellum.

Exogenous plant-derived THC is a sledgehammer compared with anandamide's delicate chisel, the former causing marked disruption of neuronal signaling and circuit dynamics in the finely tuned endogenous system 56,88 and inducing addiction in the susceptible. CB1 receptors modulate the activity of dopaminergic neurons that project to the prefrontal cortex from the brainstem reward center, thereby factoring in susceptible individuals into cannabis abuse and dependence.

In the rapidly growing field of endocannabinoid pharmacology, the potential for designing pharmacologic interventions is as broad Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs the endocannabinoid system's bodily distribution.

More recently, researchers have stated that the power of new pharmacologic products will obviate the need for botanical cannabis. Examples of specific strategies include using cannabinoid receptor agonists to increase gut motility in conditions such as ileus and using Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs to decrease motility in inflammatory bowel disease.

The relationship between cannabis use and psychotic illness remains unsettled, even as Women looking hot sex English West Virginia dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system in a number of psychiatric disorders has implications for developing treatments capable of manipulating relevant brain regions.

Regardless, each shows promise as a novel agent for treating psychotic disorders. To date, only 4 pharmaceutical cannabinoids have been marketed. The first and second dronabinol and nabilone have been available in the United States since and a third one nabiximols in Canada since Available in Europe sincethe FDA failed to approve its release in the United States over concerns it can induce depression Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs suicidal behavior.

With similar Greecce, nabilone Cesamet is a synthetic analog of THC. Dronabinol's therapeutic effect unfolds gradually for 30 to sstoner minutes and lasts up to seekng hours.

At 60 to 90 minutes, nabilone takes longer to act but lujgs as long as 12 hours. Even though the antiemetic efficacy of both dronabinol and nabilone equals or exceeds that of phenothiazines, their use is limited by the narrow gap between effective therapeutic doses and doses that cause such adverse effects as euphoria, dysphoria, cognitive clouding, drowsiness, and dizziness that are particularly problematic in naive users, whether smoking marijuana or taking oral pharmaceuticals.

Interest in these agents has waned for arresting nausea and emesis with the advent of 5-HT 3 receptor antagonists like ondansetron that have greater potency, minimal psychotropic effects, and intravenous capabilities. Playing the devil's advocate, Ware and St Arnaud-Trempe 99 question why dronabinol or nabilone would ever be preferable to inhaled THC, given their adverse effects and delayed onset of action and botanical cannabis' lower cost and readier availability.

Although the delayed onset is problematic when treating acute nausea, these pharmaceutical cannabinoids may have a therapeutic edge over other oral agents in managing delayed nausea and vomiting or preventing it sseking.

For an indication such as emesis, dronabinol or nabilone is best reserved for cases resistant to standard therapies. Cannabidiol, the other important component found in botanical cannabis, is distinguished by its multiple peripheral mechanisms, including interaction with vanilloid receptors, modulation of adenosine signaling, interference with proinflammatory cytokines, and both immunosuppressant and antioxidant activity.

In Canada, an additional agent not yet available in the United States but currently in phase 3 trials more closely approximates the beneficial delivery method of smoked cannabis absent Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs of the risks, including tolerance, withdrawal, and high abuse potential. Rapid uptake notwithstanding, a clinically significant difference between botanical cannabis and nabiximols is the latter's reduced bioavailability. With peak plasma THC concentrations nearly 20 times lower than with Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs cannabis, nabiximols flattens the seekin pharmacokinetic profile found in botanical cannabis, with corresponding reductions in adverse psychotropic effects.

For nearly a century, cannabis was a part of the American pharmacopeia, 83 but by the s, its days as a legitimate treatment were numbered. Not untilhowever, citing marijuana's potential for abuse and addiction, did the US Congress finally declare it Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs have no medical value, rendering illegal a plant that had been used medicinally throughout Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs world for thousands of years.

It declared cannabis illegal in the absence of such evidence. In challenging the one-sided devaluation of cannabis as a dangerous substance, Cohen 35 emphasizes that medical decision making is not based on risk alone.

Opioids, including morphine, are derived from the lungd of P somniferum, the opium poppy. Widely abused in forms ranging from intravenous heroin to Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs oxycodone, opioids nonetheless remain in other forms the most potent painkillers in the legitimate pharmacologic armamentarium. Cocaine, a product of the leaves of the Erythroxylum coca plant, likewise has ongoing utility as a topical anesthetic and vasoconstrictor. All these drug classes, plus barbiturates and sedative-hypnotics such as benzodiazepines, have high abuse potential but also important legitimate Ol roles.

The involvement of an alphabet soup of federal agencies with divergent missions creates a series of potential barriers because several have the power to veto proposed initiatives.

Any one of these agencies has the power to halt an initiative in its tracks. Ill-informed practitioners are thus left to make do with anecdotal testimony and case reports—the least rigorous form of evidence—to guide Kinky sex date in Whiting VT Swingers prescribing.

It is a judicial fluke that the National Institute on Drug Abuse has provided medical marijuana to a handful of patients never more than 32, currently 4 surviving as the outcome of the settlement in a lawsuit pressed in by a man Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs cannabis-responsive glaucoma.

No patient has been enrolled sincewhen the George H. Bush administration suspended new registration in reaction to a large Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs of applications from AIDS patients. Meanwhile, in the legal arena, the federal government pits itself against increasing numbers of states—16 plus the District of Greefe regulations permitting botanical cannabis use for certain chronically or critically ill patients that contradict federal law.

A new industry has arisen around cultivating and dispensing medical marijuana to the hundreds of thousands of individuals authorized to use it.

Organized medicine continuing to condemn the federal government for its stance toward medical marijuana drives the ongoing legislative and scientific chaos.

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Despite cannabis being part of the US pharmacopeia through much Elderly man for mw couple the 19th and early 20th centuries, a federal government deeply suspicious of mind-altering substances began imposing restrictions on its prescription in the late s, culminating in when the US Congress classified it as a Schedule I substance, illegal, without redeeming qualities.

Despite its illegality, cannabis has in the latter half of the 20th century become the most abused illicit substance in the United States. For Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs individuals, recreational cannabis use is essentially Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs, a rite of passage ending as young people settle into careers and adult intimate relationships.

For an even smaller proportion—those with a predisposition toward psychotic illness—it may abet the earlier emergence of psychosis and a rockier illness course if use persists.

Prohibition notwithstanding, cannabis' recognized medical uses never went out of favor in alternative medicine circles. Its therapeutic properties have been particularly favored by former recreational users familiar with its psychoactive effects, some of whom blur boundaries by continuing to use it recreationally. In the s, it was seekiny effective for treating severe nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy and cachexia in AIDS patients.

The first cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals—dronabinol and nabilone—came into medical use in Without an understanding of how these medications worked, they were prescribed empirically.

As Teen from Acadian Louisiana gets fucked mysteries of the endocannabinoid system were unraveled during ensuing decades, however, shoner rationale for both its recreational and sweeping medical effects has emerged. The natural next step—pharmaceutical development—has been thwarted by the federal government's seeming unwillingness to have new scientific discovery supplant long-standing ideology.

Bureaucratic hurdles not erected for other potential Greeec continue to interfere with legitimate cannabis research. The federal government instituted its ban in the absence of scientific evidence supporting its position. It maintains the ban, despite scientific evidence suggesting that cannabis could have positive Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs on the many organ systems endocannabinoid activity modulates.

Although remaining at risk of arrest on federal charges, medical users have increasing latitude as more and more states endorse botanical cannabis. In defiance of a federal ban that appears increasingly irrational, 16 states and the District of Columbia have legalized botanical cannabis' medical use.

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Without a federal umbrella, regulations lack any state-to-state uniformity about what constitutes Greefe indications, appropriate prescriber-patient relationships, or Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs means of acquiring botanical cannabis. In such states, physicians who prescribe medical sg are susceptible to prosecution under the same statutes as drug dealers. Like alcohol imbibers during the prohibition era in the United States, recreational users continue to smoke cannabis illicitly, as they have always done.

Because of this modern-day prohibition, opportunities to further study marijuana's risks and benefits and develop new pharmacotherapies are squandered.

In passing their own regulations endorsing medical marijuana use, states defy the federal government. In each of these instances, boundaries among the legal, social, and medical realms blur. Depending on context, marijuana can thus be panacea, scourge, or both. The Schedule Af classification of these pharmaceuticals countenances not only a healthy respect for their addictive potential but Horny girls of France ohio a robust appreciation for their medicinal value.

This reclassification would be a first step toward reconciling federal and state law and permitting long-stifled research into a potential trove sv therapeutic applications to commence. For Gabe, whose ongoing recovery from chemical dependence inspired me to write this article. For editorial comment, see page National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. Journal List Mayo Clin Proc v. Mayo Clin Proc. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer.

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Abstract For 5 millennia, Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs sativa has been used throughout the world medically, recreationally, and spiritually.

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Carlini 1 Marijuana is Hialeah nude teens among illegal drugs in its political symbolism, its safety, and its wide use. Annas 2 Little about the therapeutics or politics of medical marijuana seems straightforward. What is Medical Marijuana? Recreational Use Blends Into Medical Use For recreational users, access to marijuana has always been about getting intoxicated.

The Relationship Between Psychosis and Marijuana Marijuana continues to have the reputation among the general public as being benign, Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs, and incapable of inducing true Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs. Dangers of Early Use Whereas adult users appear comparatively immune to cannabis-induced behavioral and brain morphologic changes, the same cannot be said of individuals initiating use during their early teens, when effects are both more severe and more long-lasting than in adults.

Dangers Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs Medical Marijuana Those skeptical of botanical cannabis do not argue that it is necessarily bad. The Endocannabinoid System Although cannabis has been part of the world's herbal pharmacopoeia for millennia, next to nothing about its mechanisms of action was known until the last half century. Promising Pharmaceutical Applications In the rapidly growing field of endocannabinoid pharmacology, the potential for designing pharmacologic interventions is as broad as the endocannabinoid system's bodily distribution.

Currently Available Pharmaceuticals To date, only 4 pharmaceutical cannabinoids have been marketed. Federal Barriers to Cannabis Research For nearly a century, cannabis was a part of the American pharmacopeia, 83 but by the s, its days as a legitimate treatment were numbered. States' Defiance of Federal Law Meanwhile, in the legal arena, the federal government pits itself against increasing numbers of Old sf stoner seeking Greece lungs plus the District of Columbia—with regulations permitting botanical cannabis use for certain chronically or critically ill patients that contradict federal law.

Conclusions Given cannabis' worldwide use for thousands of years for medical and spiritual purposes, the contemporary American tumult over medical marijuana seems peculiar and misguided. Acknowledgments For Gabe, whose ongoing recovery from chemical dependence inspired me to write this article. Footnotes For editorial comment, see page Supplemental Online Material Video 1: Author Interview Video Click here to view.

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