Posted by: bwoof | January 21, 2010

Invincible and stoned!

It’s usually a good thing when I’m  in the presence of somone who has much more knowledge than I–another potential learning opportunity, right?

But today, I wasn’t so sure about that premise.

“I know way more about weed than you do, way way more. I know everything,” said a person who was simultaneously attempting to do something very dangerous.  “It’s not a problem, not at all. And, I can stop anytime, you know.” 

No, I don’t know.

So, it was time for a little bit of research, all of which led to my still unwavering conviction that weed, even though it’s possibly the most widely used illegal substance around, is still not a best choice daily practice.

Thankfully, a teacher had recently shared with our staff an announcement about an upcoming CBC ‘Nature of Things’ show that features David Suzuki, a episode that describes the newest scientific research about what really happens when people smoke that a grassy stuff. It’s not as neutral as many people like to think. The Downside of High, looks like it will be a good show to watch.

Teenagers who start smoking marijuana before the age of sixteen are four times more likely to become schizophrenic.

The scientists’ groundbreaking work on the connection between marijuana and mental illness also reveals that, for all young adults, smoking marijuana nearly doubles the risk of developing recurring psychosis, paranoia and hallucinations – the hallmarks of schizophrenia…a scientific perspective on some of the little-known and little discussed risks of marijuana, particularly for teenagers.

So, I will continue the learning next Thursday night at 8 p.m. If you can, watch the show and share your comments.

Grateful for:

  • several encouraging, albeit stretching, conversations today
  • people who model acceptance for others and see potential first, problems second

Curious about:

  • bone graft surgery for broken scaphoids
  • knee scoping surgery
  • credit recovery and the best models to explore
  • how do sailors fight the doldrums? how do they get wind in their sails again?

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