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  •  I started smoking pot when I was in 8th grade (0+ / 0-)

    By 12th grade I smoked every day.  Back in 2004 after 30 years of heavy pot smoking - I estimate the equivalent of 35,000 - 40,000 joints by that point in time - I decided to spend some money to take an extensive panel of IQ tests.  I didn't feel that my intellectual capacity had diminished but I wanted an independent evaluation.  My results showed a rise of about 8 IQ points since the mid-70's.  The mid-70's numbers were almost exactly the same as my pre-school testing results.  Wow, pot sure damaged my brain, amazing I can even type without drooling.

    Next point, A number of studies have found that, contrary to what they expected to find, usage of marijuana seems to have a protective effect in general.  Studies of emergency room admissions for all reasons were done.  What they found was that someone who had smoked marijuana in the previous 6 hours was less likely to end up in the ER than someone who was completely sober.  Furthermore, the effect was dosage dependent - the more they smoked the less likely they were to be injured.


    Researches uncovered some surprising results in a cross-over study of accident victims in a Swiss hospital ER: Cannabis use is inversely proportional to injury risk. In other words, the more cannabis used, the less chance of accidental injury.

    This same study showed a dose-dependent increase in injury risk from alcohol use. For example, alcohol use within six-hours prior to injury was associated with at mean relative risk of 3.00 compared to no alcohol use (1.00), That's an increase of 300% based on comparison of the numbers of similar injuries sustained by non-drinkers.

    What researchers did not expect to see was the effect cannabis use had on accidental injuries. When they reviewed accidents treated in the emergency room, and looked at whether the patient used cannabis or not, they found that cannabis users were only one third as likely to be injured in the same circumstances as those that had no cannabis in their system. Dosage, in this case, was inversely related to risk of injury, with a mean relative risk factor of only 0.33, (or 1/3) compared with non-cannabis users.

    Continue reading at Cannabis Use Lowers Injury Risk by Two-Thirds, Swiss Study Shows | NowPublic News Coverage

    You also might want to check out the links in the post just before yours regarding traffic deaths and suicides.

    Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

    by kbman on Mon May 21, 2012 at 04:42:00 PM PDT

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