There are so many websites and blogs out there going on about how safe Marijuana is, I figured I would add a page or two on this website with some facts as I see them.  Pot smokers are really the last to see the effects that the drug is having on them.  To people around them that don't partake it is generally pretty obvious. Read through the material on these pages and make your decision.  No matter your decision, please consider others if you do decide to take this drug.  If you drive, you are threatening others lives, not just your own.

1. First of all let's define a drug; What is a drug?:

"A drug is any substance (other than food that provides nutritional support) that, when inhaled, injected, smoked, consumed, absorbed via a patch on the skin, or dissolved under the tongue causes a temporary physiological (and often psychological) change in the body."  (This definition compiled from Stedman's Medical Dictionary and Random House Dictionary.)

2. CBC Marketplace put out a very good video on an investigation they did in Colorado: CBC Marketplace They did some testing with people on marijuana using EKGs and other lab testing to actually discover what THC does to the human body.  The video has great information on the relationship between THC and CBD and their volumes and relationships in today's dope compared to that of the 60s and 70s.

3.  Drug classifications: For the purposes of this article and your enlightenment, we are going to add a couple of classifications to drugs.

One is a water soluble drug like alcohol.
And another is a fat soluble drug like marijuana.

4. Pop quiz:  Three questions here:

First:  How long does alcohol stay in the blood stream?

Answer:  Alcohol will be washed out of your bloodstream and urine within 12-36 hours. 

Second Question: How long does a fat soluble drug like marijuana stay in your bloodstream.

Answer: lots of varying opinions on this one but the answer is approximately two weeks in the bloodstream. It will vary depending on how regularly one uses it.

Question: How long does Marijuana stay in the fat tissues of your body?

Answer: No, it is not weeks or months, it is forever!  You will find numerous places where the fact that marijuana stays in the fat cells but none say how long.  Fat soluble drugs such as marijuana and LSD are absorbed into the fatty tissue surrounding the arteries and veins.  As an aside, one of the organs in your body with the most fat tissue is the brain. 

5. Marijuana side effects, short term and long term. The majority of the information below is from https://www.drugabuse.gov a USA government website.

Short Term Effects: 

Affects judgement
Reduces co-ordination
Reduces reaction time
Reduces Blood Pressure
Sleepiness
Attention problems
Alters sense of time and place
Impaired body movement
Impaired memory
Increased heart rate
Temporary hallucinations
Temporary paranoia

When taken in high doses: 

Hallucinations
Delusions
Psychosis

Long Term Effects:
Affects Brain development
Can be addictive
Impairs memory and thinking
Impairs learning functions
Weakens the ability to learn
Breathing problems/Lung illness
Worsening symptoms in patients with Schizophrenia

Other long term effects: (Again from https://www.drugabuse.gov)

Marijuana use during pregnancy is linked to lower birth weight and increased risk of both brain and behavorial problems in babies. And if you want to have babies to begin with...This from InHaleMD   and WebMD

 "The bad news (if you want to become a father) is that marijuana appears to have negative effects on sperm count, sperm morphology[How many of a man’s sperm cells are deformed], and sperm motility[can they move] – all of which are important for getting pregnant."

And girls...: (This from WebMD)

"When women smoke marijuana, nicotine, or other drugs, their reproductive fluids contain these drugs," Burkman says. "The woman smoking marijuana is putting THC into her oviduct, into her cervix. If the man is not smoking but the woman is, his sperm go into her body and hit THC in the vagina, oviduct, and uterus. Her THC is changing his sperm."

Intense Nausea and Vomiting. Regular, long-term marijuana use can lead to some people to develop Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome.

6. You think you know why marijuana is being legalized.  Likely not.  It is really all about the money.  It has nothing to do with whether it is good for you or not.  Drugs in general have been the underlying thrust of many wars.  The Vietnam war was about gaining access to herion and marijuana.  The Brits in China so many years ago was more about the opium trade than anything else.  Afghanistan was about harvesting the poppy plant to capture the heroin trade.  this is a very long article but worth reading.  It is about the three billionaires that, using their oodles of money managed to get laws passed over and over to get marijuana acceptable and legal in the USA: Tracking the Money that is Legalizing Marijuana in the USA

Here is a quote from the article: "Where’s the Money Coming From?

Americans seem to have been persuaded that cannabidiol (CBD), a marijuana component often called cannabis oil or Charlotte’s Web, cures intractable seizures in children stricken with epilepsy. Polls show 90 percent want medical marijuana legalized, especially for these children.

But listen to Michael D. Privitera, MD, president of the American Epilepsy Society and director of the epilepsy center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, in a letter he wrote to a Pennsylvania legislator:"

7. And if you think it is any different in Canada check this out: NBC Canada Follow The Money

In this video you can see the trail of politicians and police that have smoothed their own way to making millions in the marijuana industry.  One quote is that there is a possibility of upwards of 22 billion dollars that will be coming into various coffers in Canada from the production of Marijuana.