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Cannabis 'disrupts Brain Centre'
04-30-2007, 11:06 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-30-2007, 11:08 PM by Easy Skanking.)
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Cannabis 'disrupts Brain Centre'
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Scientists have shown how cannabis may trigger psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia.

A King's College London team gave healthy volunteers the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

They then recorded reduced activity in an area of the brain which keeps inappropriate thoughts at bay.

THC levels are thought to have doubled in street cannabis in recent years - at the expense of other ingredients which may have a beneficial effect.

A separate study has shown that one of these ingredients - cannabidiol (CBD) - has the potential to dampen down psychotic symptoms, and could form the basis of new treatments.

The research will be discussed at a conference on the impact of cannabis use to be held at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College this week.


Quote:If something has an active effect in inducing the symptoms of psychosis after one dose, then it would not be at all surprising if repeated use induced the chronic condition
Professor Robin Murray
Institute of Psychiatry


Dependency

Although figures are not kept, it is estimated that as many as 500,000 people in the UK may be dependent on cannabis.

Increasing numbers of people are seeking help for cannabis problems at specialist clinics. In 2005, only heroin users accounted for a greater proportion of patients.

Experts are concerned that street cannabis is becoming increasingly potent. It is thought that average THC content has risen from 6% to 12% in recent years.

The Institute of Psychiatry study gave THC, CBD or placebo capsules to adult male volunteers who had not abused cannabis.

They then carried out brain scans, and a battery of tests, and found that those who took THC showed reduced activity in an area of the brain called the inferior frontal cortex, which keeps inappropriate thoughts and behaviour, such as swearing and paranoia in check.

The effects were short-lived, but some people appeared more vulnerable than others.

In a second study, a team from Yale University administered THC intravenously.

Even at relatively low doses, they found 50% of healthy volunteers began to show symptoms of psychosis.

Volunteers who already had a history of psychotic symptoms appeared to be particularly vulnerable.

Side effects

A third study, by the University of Cologne, compared the effect of CBD and a commonly used anti-psychotic medicine, Amisulpride, on 42 patients with a history of schizophrenia.

After four weeks both groups showed a reduction in psychotic symptoms, but the CBD group were less prone to side effects, such as muscle stiffness and weight gain.


Quote:We strongly urge the government to heed the growing evidence and take urgent action to warn young people that some of them are risking lifelong mental illness
Marjorie Wallace
Sane

The researchers warned that THC and CBD compete with each other biochemically, so a rise in THC levels would blunt any positive impact of CBD.

Professor Robin Murray, a consultant psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry, said the research provided the strongest evidence that cannabis had a significant impact on the brain.

He said proving a long-term effect was extremely difficult, as it was not ethical or feasible to stimulate long-term psychosis in volunteers.

However, he said: "If something has an active effect in inducing the symptoms of psychosis after one dose, then it would not be at all surprising if repeated use induced the chronic condition."

Professor Murray also warned that the high potency cannabis now widely available was likely to pose a much bigger risk to health than the significantly weaker formulations of previous years.

"It is similar to comparing the effect of drinking a glass of wine at the weekend with drinking a bottle of vodka every day."

Marjorie Wallace, of the mental health charity Sane, called the research a "significant contribution" to the understanding of the dangers of cannabis.

"Sane has been saying for years that there is a link between psychosis and the drug, particularly in its more potent forms.

"We strongly urge the government to heed the growing evidence and take urgent action to warn young people that some of them are risking lifelong mental illness - that they are playing Russian roulette with their minds."

The first problem is the basic assumption of THC and CBN existing separately. In marijuana, the THC breaks down into 2 different cannabanoids, CBD and CBN. This breakdown is done over time and also in the human body after THC is consumed. The article makes the claim that in the "new stronger" weed, the CBD is sacrificed because the THC content is higher. This is false. If there is more THC present in the pot, then when the THC breaks down, there will be as a result more CBD and CBN than in pot with a lower concentration of THC. These cannabanoids don't exist separately from the THC, they are the result of a chemical breakdown of the THC. The high from THC is a heady almost trippy high. The CBD and CBN intensify that head high and also produce a body high. The ratio of remaining THC to cannabanoids determines what type of high humans feel. Less broken down THC = trippy high. More broken down THC = body high or stoney high.

The article also claims that THC induces psychosis and that symptoms of this affliction were shown in the tests among 50% of the participants. What were these symptoms of psychosis? They are never described but yet the article claims if you comsume THC you are at an increased risk of becoming psychotic and exhibiting these mystery symptoms. My 20 + years of personal experience with pot and observations of smokers does not show this to be the case. I have seen and experienced an increase and change in thought patterns but none that I would associate with psychosis.
The article then says that CBD helps reduce psychosis. This part I find backs up my personal experience. I have had friends with some problems (OCD and bi-polar, aka schizophrenia) and smoking helps to balance them. Under that article's claim of side effects it suggests that the rise in THC cancels out the benefits of CBD. As I previously mentioned, THC breaks down into CBD and CBN, so if there is a rise in THC content, there will be a proportional rise in CBD as a result.

So, my conclusion is that there might have been an actually study done of pot but it was then "corrected" to match up to the political party line. The only part that I find to be factual is that CBD helps to reduce psychotic behavior of the the brain.


Here's some additional info about marijuana in association with mental health.
Cannabis, Mental Health and Context: The Case For Regulation

New Zealand findings contradict this article:
New Zealand Parliamentary Committee Recommends Liberalizing Nation's Marijuana Laws

Hawaii study
No Causal Link Between Cannabis Use And Schizophrenia, Study Says
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05-01-2007, 01:25 AM,
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Cannabis 'disrupts Brain Centre'
nice post! was just reading this piece of disinfo before.

had a similiar scare article in the local paper here about how...

- more and more coffee shops are being closed in Holland, because of aggressive! tourists

- hashish is being polluted by rat poison

- to pass school. DO NOT SMOKE THAT EVIL WEED.


Tetrahydroponic Mangirls forgive us our sins....
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05-01-2007, 07:38 AM,
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Quote:- more and more coffee shops are being closed in Holland, because of aggressive! tourists

Yep that's true, allthought the reasoning behind closing them is bogus.
sorta wierd, since one would logically not assume a tourist getting
high was about to start some shit on vacation. Two weeks back a coffeeshop my brother
frequents got robbed at gunpoint by an American, strange story., as he would have gotten
himself a gun in Holland, which isn't the easiest thing for a tourist... they never caught him either.

thanks for your post Easy Skanking.
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05-02-2007, 04:32 PM,
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Cannabis 'disrupts Brain Centre'
Taken from another forum discussion on this...

from a talk givin by cathy obrien/alleged mind control victim.

You say in your book that mind-control slaves are permitted any drug except marijuana, why?

Cathy:
The effects of marijuana on the brain are not conducive to mind-control.

Mark:
It doesn't mean you can't be traumatised and put under mind-control, it just means it screws up the programming.

Cathy:
Because it actually opens neuron pathways in the brain. It expands thought. I'm not going to stand here and speak pro-marijuana but I am anti-anti-marijuana because we see all these ads on t.v, and even Dole and Clinton in their campaigns are saying 'guns, violence and marijuana', as if it is so violent. Because it is not conducive to mind-control. They want it off the streets more than they want their drugs, like cocaine, off the street. Marijuana is especially targeted. I don't promote the use of marijuana as a band-aid for mind-control because, again, knowledge is our only defense.

...by Fritz Springmeier & Cisco Wheeler:
Quote:the human brain is actually 7 brains. The 4th or mid brain that lies between the upper 3 brains and the lower three and functions as a crossroads, joins with the optic thalamus, which forms the floor of the 3rd ventricle. The ceiling of the 4th brain is the floor of the 3rd ventricle. The 3rd ventricle and the Cave of Brahma make up the 5th brain. The 5th brain is connected to the cerebral hemispheres of the Cerebrum and is critical to creating concepts and storing abstract concepts. It feeds on ideas, and reflects. (Marijuana activates this brain, and it is common knowledge among mind-control handlers that marijuana is forbidden to slaves.)

...you can critcally analyze... and come to the conclusion that mind control works by supressing the production of melatonin, but at the same time, replacing the function of melatonin, artificially. thc help the brain/body create melatonin. fluoride and bad electromagnetic frequencies(cell, electric grid, haarp, ect...) supress melatonin. now you can come to the conlusion.. that mass mind control tecniques are used on the general public the same as it's used on mk ultra subjects like cathy obrien, or cisco wheeler.

more dot's connected...

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=...;feedId=online-

news_rss20:
Quote:A synthetic chemical similar to the active ingredient in marijuana makes new cells grow in rat brains. What is more, in rats this cell growth appears to be linked with reducing anxiety and depression. The results suggest that marijuana, or its derivatives, could actually be good for the brain.

In mammals, new nerve cells are constantly being produced in a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which is associated with learning, memory, anxiety and depression. Other recreational drugs, such as alcohol, nicotine and cocaine, have been shown to suppress this new growth. Xia Zhang of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, and colleagues decided to see what effects a synthetic cannabinoid called HU210 had on rats' brains.

They found that giving rats high doses of HU210 twice a day for 10 days increased the rate of nerve cell formation, or neurogenesis, in the hippocampus by about 40%.

also-
Quote:Scientists in Spain think they have discovered that the active ingredient in marijuana can help protect the brain from some of the problems caused by Alzheimer's disease. While marijuana does not cure the disease, the researchers say, lab tests have shown that the illegal drug can probably help reduce the mental problems that Alzheimer's patients suffer. The discovery may set the stage for a renewed debate over the medicinal use of marijuana.

note: theres a link between fluoride and alzheimers, and cancer; so keep in mind the link between low melatonin and cancer
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05-02-2007, 10:56 PM,
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Quote:They then recorded reduced activity in an area of the brain which keeps inappropriate thoughts at bay.

Yeah that's real science for ya. Just what inappropriate thoughts might they refer to?


MMM
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05-03-2007, 12:21 AM,
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Excellent info, Ill Human Oddity!
It would seem that these findings might parallel my experiences. It also gives some new light into my investegation of pot, awareness and awakening.

Thanks for this addition!




Quote:
Quote:They then recorded reduced activity in an area of the brain which keeps inappropriate thoughts at bay.

Yeah that's real science for ya. Just what inappropriate thoughts might they refer to?


MMM


Seriously!
Since when does science categorize thoughts as appropriate or inappropriate? Seems that in this study they would stick to psychotic or normal or some area in between. Pseudo-science with propaganda on top!
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

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05-17-2007, 05:42 AM,
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Cannabis 'disrupts Brain Centre'
I remember coming across that article and the "inappropriate thoughts" struck me as pretty strange too.

Perhaps, "maybe the government doesn't have my best interests in mind with its screwy legistlation such as banning this beautiful plant and starting pre-emptive wars" is an inappropriate thought???
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05-17-2007, 01:13 PM,
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Cannabis 'disrupts Brain Centre'
Quote:I remember coming across that article and the "inappropriate thoughts" struck me as pretty strange too.

Perhaps, "maybe the government doesn't have my best interests in mind with its screwy legistlation such as banning this beautiful plant and starting pre-emptive wars" is an inappropriate thought???
"Inappropriate thoughts" just like "free trade" are ambiguous and vague terms that lawyers get their kicks from. Their meanings allow for a whole host of interpretations and definitions and can therefore always be used to the advantage of whoever created them by using a (secret) definition that works in their favor.

For instance, "inappropriate thoughts" may mean all thoughts that criticize authority (even though that authority may be abusive and corrupt and it is therefore ethically sustainable to have those thoughts).

Regarding "free trade". This may mean all trade done by a priori specified nations that have qualified to be socalled "favored nations", by fitting for instance to criteria conform British Empire regulations. Between those nations there may be (unregulated) "free trade" while other nations who fail to acquire favored nation status will be economically starved to death.

Isn't lawyer talk god's gift on Earth?
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05-17-2007, 01:17 PM,
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Quote:Excellent info, Ill Human Oddity!
It would seem that these findings might parallel my experiences. It also gives some new light into my investegation of pot, awareness and awakening.

Thanks for this addition!
I second that motion. Great post IHO.

Do you guys notice how marijuana is used in the same sentence with items that have a strong connection with hard crime such as "guns" and "violence". It's a psychological trick (it has to be) to try to persuade the public of the criminal if not demonic nature of marijuana.
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05-18-2007, 03:53 AM, (This post was last modified: 04-18-2012, 01:15 AM by proteinspill.)
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