Our Pot Head President: Is He Endangering Us?

(1) Ibama GolfingYou won’t read it in our mainstream news media but the use of cannabis is definitely detrimental. This study has found that it is highly addictive and opens the door to hard drugs. More importantly it impairs intellectual development.

Now listen to President Obama: As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

I’ve been wondering whether his youthful use of marijuana is affecting his judgment as is shown by his suggestion marijuana use is not dangerous. Recent scientific studies prove him wrong. I sense in him a mental fugue. I know its little things but are these symptoms of his brain not working right.

(1) coffee cup saluteHow account for his great insensitivity for his actions when one minute he is condemning a beheading of an America citizen and within ten minutes is seen laughing on the golf course; and what about the great faux pas of saluting two Marines with a coffee cup in his right hand. True, as I said they are minor, but are they indications of a bigger problem.

How responsible is he for not stopping the IS? (IS is sometimes referred to as ISIS, ISIL. It is supposed to stand for Islamic State. To me it stands for Islamic Savages.)  In January he was referring to them as a minor league team. Now we are going to all-out war with them. How account for such changes in six months?

It’s reported he’s been warned about IS since 2012. Yet he recently blamed the intelligence community for not keeping him properly posted. Perhaps the effects of cannabis made him forget the warnings. Or the effects of it made him miss almost 58% of the daily briefings.

The article quoted above stated: “Too often cannabis is wrongly seen as a safe drug, but as this review shows, there is a clear link with psychosis and schizophrenia, especially for teenagers. The common view that smoking cannabis is nothing to get worked up about needs to be challenged more effectively. Instead of classifying and re-classifying, government time and money would be much better spent on educating young people about how smoking cannabis is essentially playing a very real game of Russian roulette with your mental health.”

I’m no expert but it always seemed to me that what you take into your body it will leave an effect. Jim Jones showed us the dire effects of cyanide-laced punch;  James Lind showed how oranges and lemons were useful in preventing scurvy. We’ve learned to the dismay of our tobacco companies that cigarette smoking badly damages the lungs. We know if you imbibe too much alcohol on a regular basis you may get cirrhosis of the liver.

The body accumulates things and retains things. The old expression that what you eat is what you are is true. Eat healthy and you’ll be healthy. Smoke cigarettes or drink too much booze you lessen your chances for a healthy life.

How then does this play in with the use of marijuana. That doesn’t affect most of the body only the most important part, the brain. I’d think if there is one part of the body we’d most want to safeguard it is the brain. Yet we know marijuana has a direct result on it.

Here’s what I read: When someone smokes marijuana, THC gets into the brain rapidly and attaches to cannabinoid receptors. The natural EC system is finely tuned to react appropriately to incoming information. But THC overwhelms the EC system. It prevents the natural chemicals from doing their job properly and throws the whole system off balance.” The EC system is the endocannabinoid system named after the cannabis plant from which marijuana comes. It is an important communications system in the brain and the body.

We know that smoking pot affects the brain. One common result of its use is that is immediately seen is that people have trouble with thinking and problem solving. We don’t know to what extent it damages the brain or how long the damage lasts or whether at times it comes back to affect our thinking.

Another report noted:Recent research indicates marijuana use may cause permanent damage to areas of the brain related to memory and learning, specifically during important times of neural development (typically from when a fetus is first growing to when someone is in their early 20’s). It could even cause a significant decline in IQ. Quitting marijuana use as an adult did not seem to fully restore those losses of brain functionality. In comparison, study participants who began to smoke as adults did not experience the same mental decline.

To me President Obama seems at times to be acting erratic. I’m just wondering whether his use of marijuana in his youth is coming back to bite him, or even worse us, the country.

6 thoughts on “Our Pot Head President: Is He Endangering Us?

  1. Off topic, but what does the blog think about Apple’s decision to encrypt all iPhone6 data?

    The FBI hates it and has trotted out the claim that this protects terrorists, child pornographers and drug dealers and shouldn’t be allowed. (The Gold Standard of fear mongering.)

    I personally feel that my decision to use encrypted communication (or not) is none of the governments damn business. But of course, I probably have something suspicious to hide.

    1. Jeff:

      I think if there is evidence that a iPhone6 and beyond contains evidence that a crime has been committed or that it has evidence of a terrorist plot then with a proper affidavit and warrant I’d hope on a case by case basis that the FBI or other law enforcement agency would be able to access the phone. I don’t believe the FBI or any agency without the proper showing should have access to the information on the phone. I don’t think the iPhone6 etc should have any greater or lesser protection than a person’s house. If you are engaged in talking over the telephone as part of a plan to commit a terrorist act or any other major criminal act and the FBI meets the standard to show that is what you are doing then I believe no matter what you wish that the FBI or other law enforcement agency has the right to gain access to your conversations.
      I suggest we have to distinguish between the general sweeps of conversations as opposed to the specific ones. Some people feel it is their right to cut cocaine in their houses and its none of the government’s business but it is the government’s business to do it best to protect society from criminal activities.

  2. Obviously, william is some “soft on drugs” liberal who supports allowing Mexican drug cartels to set up pot injection booths in our elementary schoolyards so that they can enslave our youth and turn them into… I don’t know… Democrats?

    As long as there are votes to be gained by fear-mongering, and campaign support to be garnered by voting to continue to pour billions into the eternal War on Drugs, I cannot see our present Congress doing anything groundbreaking, or even remotely sensible about this issue. Looks like the states ( yay, federalism!) will have to drag the country into the sunlight. Again.

  3. No doubt marijuana should be kept away from children and teenagers: in them, not in adults, smoking grass causes what psychiatrists call an “amotivational syndrome.” Teenage smokers lose interest in things, like school, sports and what adults say. Recent scientific studies have shown that teenage chronic or frequent users lose on average 8 points off their IQs and this loss is irreversible. So, if you want to get into Harvard or BC, don’t smoke grass. The medical evidence indicates no loss of mental functioning, IQ or intelligence in adult users and no long term effects. In fact, the adult who smokes a joint a day is indistinguishable from the adult who has a cocktail or two beers a day. Marijuana users are probably healthier physically and intellectually over daily drinkers. Water soluble ethyl alcohol, booze, beer, saturates every cell in the human body including every brain cells. The law should be changed to decriminalize marijuana use for adults 21 and up, fine those stupid enough to be caught in public smoking—it’s a nuisance, odiferous and it’s second hand smoke—continue to criminalize driving while intoxicated with grass, drugs or alcohol, punish severely with hefty fines and jail time anyone who distributes marijuana to persons under 21 and imprison for at least one year anyone who distributes to persons 18 and younger. Bill Buckley long ago recommended these exact same legal remedies. No one listens. Legislatures, lawyers and judges especially are hard of hearing. Why should they listen, when they have all the answers? Societies change slowly, incrementally. Honesty, openness and a willingness to learn at all stages of life are the recommended nostrums.

  4. Red herring.

    IMHO, the main problem with pot is that a lucrative suppression industry that funds law enforcement and supplies the prison-industrial complex with its inmate raw material has grown and become powerful and entrenched since RMN first declared “War on Drugs(tm)”.

    How will we replace the huge cash flow entitlements that this “war” has generated for these poor addicted federal agencies and contractors?

    If you believe that citizen safety is the driving force keeping weed illegal, then you probably believe that the reason all Mass. law enforcement opposed replacing details with civilian flagmen was unselfish regard for the citizens endangered by the lack of $50-75/hr cops watching two guys dig a hole.

    “Follow the money” – Mark Felt

  5. His actions are explained by his liberalism. He’s no different than Carter or Dukakis. When you embrace a philosophy that is a proven failure one shouldn’t be surprised by the feckless result. Keeping pot away from the young is a good idea. Spending billions to keep adults from it’s use is a waste of resources.

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