Weed Wackiness: Here Are Common Drugs More Dangerous Than Marijuana

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As the debate over medical marijuana continues in New York and the rest of the U.S., there's bound to be a lot of conflicting information out there.

Opponents of medical marijuana tend to argue that it is dangerous and has no therapeutic qualities. We're not medical experts, so we're not going to debate the intricacies of cannabis' curative properties. But we have to wonder: Is weed really as dangerous as authorities make it out to be, since it seems a lot safer than common prescription and over-the-counter drugs?

For background, the American Council for Drug Education tells us that pot causes: "impaired perception, diminished short-term memory, loss of concentration and coordination, impaired judgement, increased risk of accidents, loss of motivation, diminished inhibitions, increased heart rate, anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, hallucinations, damage to the respiratory, reproductive, and immune systems, increased risk of cancer, psychological dependency."

Compare this to the listed side and overdose effects for these popular meds.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) "Upset stomach, mild heartburn, diarrhea, constipation; bloating, gas; dizziness, headache, nervousness; skin itching or rash; blurred vision; ringing in ears; chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance; black, bloody, or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; swelling or rapid weight gain; urinating less than usual or not at all; nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness; or severe headache, neck stiffness, chills, increased sensitivity to light, and/or seizure (convulsions)

An overdose of acetaminophen can be fatal.

The first signs of an acetaminophen overdose include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, sweating, and confusion or weakness. Later symptoms may include pain in your upper stomach, dark urine, and yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes."

Dextromethorphan and Guaifenesin (Robutissin DM): "Drowsiness and dizziness. Adverse effects, which have occurred at higher doses, include excitation, mental confusion, and opiate-like respiratory depression. In some cases of abuse, patients have experienced euphoria, hyperactivity, mania, and auditory and visual hallucinations.nausea, vomiting and constipation.

Overdose effects (from the National Institutes of Health): no breathing; bluish-colored fingernails and lips; blurred vision, high/low blood pressure; coma; convulsions."

Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percoset, Percodan): "Constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; nausea; sleeplessness; vomiting; weakness; rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; chest pain; confusion; difficult or painful urination; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; mental or mood changes; numbness of an arm or leg; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or light-headedness; slowed or difficult breathing; sudden, severe headache or vomiting; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; tremor; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision changes.

Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, muscle weakness, confusion, cold and clammy skin, pinpoint pupils, shallow breathing, slow heart rate, fainting, or coma."

Hydrocodone (Vicodin) : "Nausea; vomiting; constipation; lightheadedness; dizziness; fainting; seizure; slow/shallow breathing; unusual drowsiness/difficulty waking up.

Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, sweating, pinpoint pupils, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), confusion, cold and clammy skin, muscle weakness, fainting, weak pulse, slow heart rate, coma, blue lips, shallow breathing, or no breathing."

Alprazolam (Xanax) : "Changes in appetite; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; light-headedness; nausea; tiredness; weight changes; rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness; behavior changes; blurred vision; burning, numbness, or tingling; chest pain; confusion; dark urine; decreased coordination; decreased urination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; loss of balance or muscle control; memory or attention problems; menstrual changes; muscle twitching; new or worsening mental or mood changes (eg, depression, irritability, anxiety; exaggerated feeling of wellbeing); overstimulation; red, swollen blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent dizziness, drowsiness, or light-headedness; shortness of breath or trouble breathing; suicidal thoughts or actions; tremor; trouble speaking; yellowing of the eyes or skin.

An overdose of Xanax can be fatal. Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, feeling light-headed, and fainting."

(Info from Drugs.com, Jezebel)

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Erinlautenbach
Erinlautenbach

So I have been sick for a week eating tylenol like candy, I have barely eaten, barely pee and am throwing up... I thought it was bc I was still sick guess it might be the tylenol!!! Son of a bitch! Great read tho but anyone who didn't know about the narcotics is an idiot!

Terri L Johnson
Terri L Johnson

Not to mention when my husband was on the transplant list in one of the best university hospitals(NOT IN NJ) They told us the main reasons for needing liver transplants is tylenol.Not alcohol like I thought , but Tylenol!One man we spoke to waiting on list said he took this medicine everyday trusting the FDA knew what they were doing...He had sinus headaches and it cost him his liver...My husband died and I believe Hep c was escalated by the pain medicine given to him that was loaded with tylenol! The doctor would not have felt right giving him oxicontin for it's just too strong and such a bad stigma attached.My husbands gastro and liver specialist at the transplant unit had his pain management changed to a doctor who they spoke to about the harm the other pain meds werec causing his liver! This pain doctor( with the advice and conversing with the transplant unit) did put him on oxicontin which was wonderful for making his last year of life as best as possible! What a wonderful medication when used properly, by an ill person,My very sick crippled over husband was able to come downstairs and eat dinner with his wife and children and dance with me over candle light dinners...I thank god that at that time , pain meds were just starting to become a "bad" thing as the quality it gave to my families life gave us lasting memories we never would have had without Oxicontin.Doctors now are afraid...Even if they know its best!They are scared to death!Well, so what if it's addicting if someone is dying anyway!And if the green plant god gave us, which is full of fiber and nutrients was not illegal(A plant! Can uyou really believe that we as the american people have had a plant taken from us in which the scriptures even say"I Will LEAVE YOU AND HERB BEARING SEED WHICH WILL BE HEALING FOR THE NATIONS!"It has been taken from us! this healing herb bearing seed plant.My daughter had the oppurtunity to spend time at high sierra festival in CA and at camp grounds in CA and came home healed from warts which 2 doctors could not get rid of !!!Just by eating salads, stews, soups, etc, in which no part of this plant was wasted...She looked like and felt like a picture of health! Until a couple weeks back in NJ.Here Alcohol is poison and more addicting then narcotics! And we allow it! I know a man who got left in jail, with guards laughing at him going thru alcohol detox,,,He didn't even know a month of drinking this poison every day would put him into this condition for we have made it 'legal' so people think it's the lesser of all evils... that it's fine! Well when they realized this man was almost dead a guard who had some sense got an ambulance.h almost died!Lost kidney function from the detox and is on dialisis daily, and a law suit going in which he will win!If he dies his children and lawyer will finish it!This is sick that we allow this addicting alcohol to be sold and used daily, without a thought of how much worse it is then anything we are trying to keep from the people! or does our government know and like the money made off of all that comes of it!?IT's Psychologically addicting and physically addicting!Someone could use that plant God said in the word he would leave for our healing, every day for a year and not die at all from a physical withdrawal!! They may not even have psychologically got attached either.I find these politicians against us using this plant either very ignorant, or very clever in the facts that it may stop people from needing medicine, insurance for their health...and much more...such as paper rope, and things, like oil for our cars, heat...all can be made inexpensively, if we used this plant as it was meant to be used. But to get arrested if you grow it, and I could make a salad filled with the fiber the leaves have in them, and not even use the bud, I could actually be arrested!! when it's healthier to eat then broccoli and broccoli is a vegie filled with vitamins and fiber...I could go on and on...so I will stop here! This is a very corrupt world! I have just had one of the best most caring doctors taken from me ...set up by an informant to get himself out of trouble no doubt, but it was b/c he was under scrutiny for believing in the medical M program and was one of the 131 who had the guts to participate! One of the first things said, was Christie saying "see these are the kind of doctors who would be giving out the marijuana!! i wish I was not so ill, for i am tired of this corrupt world and would love to do something about it!

MikeParent
MikeParent

I'm sorry for all your families troubles, and wish you all the best.  Ironically, if your husband tested positive for marijuana, he may well lose his eligibility for a transplant! 

Dmpw
Dmpw

While I believe that marijuana use should not be classified as a criminal offense, I think we do need to have regulation.  I would favor a law that allows marijuana use, but imposes a civil fine for users who talk to strangers while high.

OutlawByConscience
OutlawByConscience

You forgot water, milk, orange juice, caffeine, and nicotine, which are all substances with a lower LD-50 than THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

And stop calling it marijuana. It's a misnomer based on the fabrications of Henry J. Anslinger, the first head of the Bureau of Narcotics, and William Randolph Hearst, the media/timber magnate.

It makes you guys look foolish and uninformed.

ProudcitizenoftheUSA
ProudcitizenoftheUSA

Decriminalize Marijuana, no one healthy or sick deserves to be stigmatized over a benign substance that has not caused a single overdose in its 5000 plus years of recorded history. Can marijuana cause psychological problems? Yes, but so can too much internet, television, porn, eating, smoking cigarettes, and consuming alcohol.

If sensible drug policies were truly based on rationalistic and evidence based practices, we would have legalized its usage decades ago. However, its better late than never to decriminalize marijuana. If you are from New Jersey, ask your local assembly man/woman to support Assembly Bill 1465. A nation that fails to protect its citizen for minor issues, is a nation that will not protect you when there is a major problem. Marijuana is a minor issue that does not require criminal justice intervention, instead the government could better extend its services by protecting citizens through public health and non-justice interventions for "marijuana addicts" or under-age marijuana users. As a proud citizen of the USA, I believe it is our patriotic duty to eliminate draconian laws that have been systematically used to oppress minorities and youths.  

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

LSD and Psilocybin never killed anyone, same as Marijuana.

**** Legalize LSD and Psilocybin!! ****

Toadmann
Toadmann

LSD, Psilocybin and Marijuana have not only not killed anybody, they actually show potential as therapeutic treatments for depression, addiction (to opiates, alcohol, stimulants etc.) and even cluster headaches.

m577a2
m577a2

 Prohibition causes 100% of the violence surrounding marijuana, with the help of the ones paid to protect and serve us. They say they're just trying to keep us safe but fight tooth and nail to keep this war on American citizens going, killing us and our pets and stealing our property over a plant that can't hurt you. www.leap.cc When will we put an end to this terrorism?

joeyrockx
joeyrockx

Only the completely retarded think marijuana should be illegal.

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