You Only Have To Smoke Cannabis Five Times Before Your Body Has A Terrible Reaction

While some believe that smoking cannabis is beneficial to the body and mind, new research suggests that the plant actually has unwelcoming side effects after it is smoked just five times. Scientists are now sharing that the drug, often smoked by youngsters, leads to mental health issues, even leading some to suicide. Researchers at the University of Oulo have concluded that these issues are more likely to occur if you start smoking at a young age, and the earlier someone is when they start smoking, the more likely they are to see these mental issues start to surface.

The news of this new research is aligned with the recent super-strength skunk that has flooded Britain’s illegal market, leading campaigners to emit caution.

In a landmark study conducted two years ago, skunk was responsible for a quarter of new cases of psychosis. This part of the drug is potent and has been linked to the study that associated cannabis to psychosis.

The British Journal of Psychiatry published the findings of the recent study after 6,000 volunteers were monitored from when they were 15 until they were 30 years old.

According to the estimates, one percent of the population suffers from psychosis, which includes severe distress, hearing voices, psychosis, and delusions.

“We found that young people who had used cannabis at least five times had a heightened risk of psychoses during the follow-up,” said PhD student Antti Mustonen. “Our findings are in line with current views of heavy cannabis use, particularly when begun at an early age, being linked to an increased risk of psychosis. Based on our results, it’s very important that we take notice of cannabis-using young people who report symptoms of psychosis.”

Mustonen’s is recommending that we strive to prevent the use of cannabis at an early age.

In a different study, there was a correlation between smoking cigarettes and psychosis. The study, which was published in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, showed that teens who smoke ten cigarettes a day have a higher risk of developing psychosis, and this risk rises if the habit starts before the age of 13.

Professor Jouko Miettunen, who is leading the study, found that the risk is evident even when using other possible risk factors, including family histories.

“Based on the results, prevention of adolescent smoking is likely to have positive effects on the mental health of the population in later life,” said Mustonen.

There is also the fact that those with mental health problems are more likely to smoke.

“We need to do much more to encourage people with mental health problems to think about quitting and provide them with the help to do this,” said York University mental health lecturer, Ian Hamilton. “Smoking is one of the main reasons that people with severe mental health problems die decades before those who don’t, something that we can potentially improve.”

One commenter made a point about the impossibility of convincing cannabis lovers that the drug causes negative side effects…

“You will never convince cannabis fans of its downside. In itself, it may not be addictive but the feelings it creates are. They are addicts just like any other. I have known many cannabis users and all of them, even older ones, display symptoms of paranoia and “poor me” to a degree. What terrifies me is the number of people who are driving having smoked without any fear of the consequences.”

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The New York Times seemed to think it was bitterly ironic that some of the students at Santa Fe High School, site of the recent mass shooting, had staged a walkout last month in support of the Parkland, Florida, students. But now, only a month later, one of the students who participated in the walkout is in the hospital from yet another school shooting. 

I suppose we could revel in the irony, but, as a more results-oriented person, what I take from that vignette is that school walkouts are not effective deterrents to school shootings. I’m not sure the poems did much either. 

These are hideous events that require serious proposals, not the self-indulgent mawkishness our media keep serving up. 

Here are some news items that might help us figure out how to reduce the number of school shooting victims. 

— May 3, 2017, Arlington, Texas: James Jones went to the Zona Caliente sports bar and began yelling incoherently. When the manager, Cesar Perez, went to talk to him and calm him down, Jones pulled out a gun and shot Perez dead, then started shooting wildly at patrons. Luckily, a concealed carry holder happened to be having dinner at Zona Caliente with his wife that night. He shot Jones dead before anyone else was hurt. 

— Aug. 7, 2016, Linndale, Ohio: Two men getting into their car in a Dollar Store parking lot were held up by a masked armed robber. As the gunman, Varshaun Stephen Dukes, was rifling through one of the men’s pockets, the other pulled out his concealed handgun and told him to stop. The robber fired at the man but missed. The concealed carry permit holder shot back, putting a .45 bullet in the robber’s brain. (Naturally, he survived.) All of this was captured on the Dollar Store’s surveillance camera, so no charges were brought against the armed citizen. 

— June 26, 2016, Lyman, South Carolina: Jody Ray Thompson opened fire in the crowded Playoffz nightclub, injuring three. But before he could kill anyone, he was shot in the leg by a club patron with a concealed carry license. Police arrested Thompson without further incident and no one died.

— May 31, 2015, Conyers, Georgia: After arguing with a liquor store clerk, Jeffrey Scott Pitts returned with a gun and began shooting at everyone in the store, killing two. Todd Scott, who was there to buy a six-pack, returned fire. The crazed gunman fled, went home and shot his parents. “He was very surprised that he was not the only one in the store with a gun,” Scott said. Apart from the two people killed in Pitts’ opening barrage, no one died. Scott saved the lives of everyone else in that store. 

— July 24, 2014, Darby, Pennsylvania: Felon and psychiatric patient Richard Plotts pulled out a gun at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, murdered his caseworker and wounded his psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman. He would have kept shooting — Plotts had 39 more bullets — but the doctor pulled out his own gun and fired back, in violation of the hospital’s no-guns rule. No one else died. 

— Jan. 11, 2014, Portland, Oregon: After being turned away from a strip club in Portland, repeat felon Thomas Elliott Hjelmeland came back, wearing a clown mask, guns blazing. He hit a waitress, a security guard and a patron before a bouncer, concealed carry permit holder Jonathan Baer, returned fire and ended the attack. No one died. 

— Dec. 16, 2012, San Antonio, Texas: Jesus Manuel Garcia began shooting at the Santikos Mayan Palace movie theater from a nearby restaurant and continued shooting as he walked toward the theater. An armed off-duty cop shot Garcia four times, stopping the attack. No one died. 

— March 25, 2018, Boiling Springs, South Carolina: Jesse Gates kicked in a side door of the Southside Freewill Baptist Church during services, raised his gun to shoot — but was grabbed and held at gunpoint by the reverend’s grandson, a concealed carry permit holder. No one was hurt. Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said, “I like the fact that a concealed weapons permit holder was prepared to protect the worshipers.” 

It seems like it’s been awhile since we’ve heard of a crazed gunman being quickly disarmed at a school. Maybe because we’ve been trying to stop mass shootings with gun-free school zones. 

Here are some older school shooting cases that had comparatively happy endings. 

— In 2001, 15-year-old Charles Williams tried to shoot up his high school in Santee, California, but luckily, an off-duty cop happened to be bringing his daughter to school that day. He ended Williams’ rampage with his own gun, holding him until more police arrived. Two fatalities. 

— In 1998, a 14-year-old student began shooting up a school dance being held at a restaurant in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. The restaurant owner pulled out a shotgun, keeping the death toll to one. 

— In 1997, a student shot several people at his high school in Pearl, Mississippi, killing two, and was headed to the junior high, until assistant principal Joel Myrick retrieved a .45 pistol from his car and pointed it at the gunman’s head. Another massacre averted. 

— In 1993, student Mark Duong pulled out a gun during his disciplinary hearing at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, wounding three people, including the police officer, who, luckily, had been asked to attend the hearing. The officer immediately shot the psychotic student dead, saving the lives of everyone in the room. 

We can try the walkouts, rallies, moments of silence, media adulation, poems and fist salutes. But if the full arsenal of liberal disapprobation doesn’t stop schizophrenics from going on shooting sprees, concealed carry laws will at least save a lot of lives. 

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