Well, still another scientific article comes out showing the brain damage marijuana causes. If anyone is interested, look up Neuropsychopharmacology (2014)39, 2041-2048. It demonstrates the loss of gray matter in the brain of adolescents who use cannabis. It affects the motivational, emotional, and affective processes. The more you use and the younger you start, the more the effect of the drug. And the effect of the drug is very simply to make you unmotivated and emotionally flat.
So, since really young people rarely read this blog, maybe there is no point to writing this, but this is really important stuff. I remember when one of my teenagers was thinking about smoking marijuana and approached me about “a friend” who had questions about it, I would present the data. It didn’t stop my kid from experimenting. Facts are really worthless if someone has already made up their mind to do something. But just because people will not listen does not make the facts go away.
Cannabis is a dangerous drug. It is addictive to about 10 percent of the population. It is being legalized and is more and more available. You may not think of it this way, but it is 1984, the novel. Vast numbers of people are either taking opiates or benzodiazepines or smoking weed. Feeling emotions is not in style. Feeling pain, emotional or physical, is positively outlawed. “It [cannabis] has medicinal qualities and it is safer than alcohol,” one commentator said this morning on a New York radio station. I kept myself from ripping the radio out of my car, but I really wanted to call the station to have an intelligent discussion about this. The talking points about marijuana are so tiresome and pedantic. Define “medicinal qualities.” Define “safe.” Is brain damage safe? What medicinal qualities are we talking about? Pain control? Anxiety? Depression? Glaucoma?