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  1. Avatar31 Mar
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    Zach

    list seems baseless and inane. Stuff like this is exactly why the substance and its users are not understood critically. If we stop parsing out these needs for good vibes and positivity maybe we will actually know what this amazing plant does to people one day.

    Moral high ground is exactly what opposition to marijuana takes in their arguments too and its getting us nowhere. My solution? lets start taking things seriously enough to stop making vague claims like “gateway drug” or “it improves media” .(it definitly doesnt, the movie is the same, youre different)

    1. Avatar31 Mar
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      Adam Rhodes (Listing owner)

      Hey Zach,
      I hear where you are coming from and I appreciate that you want to have a serious conversation. We often don’t see our own faults until someone points them out to us. Even then, we can choose to accept and better ourselves or reject it and remain impervious to evidence or reason. But the two statements aren’t really equivalent.

      Cannabis contains cannabinoids like THC and CBD that interact with the cerebrum but not the cerebellum or the brain stem. That is why you can’t OD from it. It simply doesn’t interact with the area of our brain responsible for our heartbeat or breathing. It does interact with the frontal, parietal, occipital and temporal lobes which govern functions like: emotions, spatial and visual perception, vision, and memory respectively.

      Because THC stimulates and depresses these functions, we can empirically show that THC affects the subjective experience. But because of laboratory testing, personal experience and a process called the entourage effect, we know that different strains of weed actively produce a variety of effects in the brain. Those subjective effects include the interpretation of media like words, sounds and images.

      The statement that weed improves media is specific. It’s also supported by a significant amount of scientific evidence that doesn’t go away when we spread some good vibes. But the statement that weed is a gateway drug can’t claim the same.

      Tikun Olam in Israel recently published research that shows cannabis can help fight the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation. It makes more sense to treat it as a health issue (spending less money and keeping families together and in the workforce) than a criminal issue (meaning more arrests and prisons but less GDP). There is also significant evidence that federal rescheduling of marijuana would allow new breakthroughs in a variety of advanced fields like pharmaceuticals, construction and industrial fiber.

      Yet entrenched interests in America block federal opponents of legalization like Attorney General Sessions refuse to recognize a multitude of scientific evidence that proving that marijuana is not a gateway drug. Despite a multitude of states joining the Green Rush, federal reform hasn’t made much headway. Maybe if we have more open conversations like this we can move the goalpost forward without coming off as preachy.

      So thanks for commenting and sharing your views. I hope you were able to get something fun or information out of my work. I’m always open to constructive criticism if you care to let me know what you think about any of my other work Zach.

  2. Avatar31 Mar
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    dean

    Pretty much have to agree with the points you make in the article. I’m 57 years old, been tootin for 40 of those. Lets get the party started!

    1. Avatar31 Mar
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      Adam Rhodes (Listing owner)

      Glad to hear I hit the mark with you Dean. I really appreciate the feedback on my work and salute your 40 year toot. You must have seen some awesomeness in that time. I’ve only been toking for about 14 years or so. I got to be careful if I party hearty with someone of your vintage.

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