Beware of Cannabis - Not at all a mild drug

by Medindia Content Team on  July 9, 2006 at 9:34 AM Drug News
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Beware of Cannabis - Not  at all a mild drug
There is a whole lot of misconception about Cannabis and its effects. It is widely thought to be a mild medicine, not causing much harm. Such misrepresentations of the drug have resulted in making it a Class C drug.

However scientists from Karolinska Institute in Sweden have unearthed the harmful effects of cannabis, when they exposed rats to THC, a key causative ingredient in cannabis. It was found that the brain of those rats exposed to THC, got attuned to heroin, necessitating an increase in heroin intake during subsequent trials.

Cannabis is also linked to risks of cancer, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychosis.


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This article seems to suggest that cannabis use cause heroin addiction. Surely, to make such a laughable claim, the article needs to show a far more thorough investigation.

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Correction to the above: The quote on page 7 is:- «The periodic exposure to low-dose THC during adolescence did not appear to predispose animals to an increased sensitivity to initiate heroin self-administration.» The previous quote is Yasmin Hurd's bizarre conclusion on the basis of totally contradictory data. Thank You

guest

Hello, I see you have published a second story on this article. Whatever conclusions you may arrive at, I draw your attention to the report itself, p7. where it says: "In summary, the current findings provide direct evidence in support of the gateway hypothesis that adolescent cannabis exposure contributes to greater heroin intake in adulthood." In other words cannabis IS NOT a gateway drug. Further, the rats that HAD been exposed to cannabis, showed LESS desire to hunt after it. Tne report is freely available on the web, Google: Neuropharmacology. Since the report clearly shows that cannabis is NOT a gateway drug, one can only wonder what personal motivations the authors had for their bizarre and dishonest conclusions. Or do you HONESTLY think, after reading it, that it really demonstrates what it claims?

guest

This is a biased, distorted article, aimed to establish the weary and lame "gateway drug" theory, which could be applied just as easily to tobacco and chocolate. According to this study, THC exposure may increase the addiction to heroin for rats who are ALREADY ADDICTS, but will not make them addicts. There is no "gateway" here. Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug today, so people who have used less popular drugs such as heroin, are likely to have also used marijuana. However, the vast majority of marijuana users never use any other illegal drug, and for most, marijuana is a terminus rather than a gateway drug.

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