Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Is pleasure the illegal 'enhanced sensitivity' diminishing USA youth?

Is pleasure the illegal 'enhanced sensitivity' diminishing USA youth?
The USA'sNational Institute on Drug Abuse's reading on Dr. Fergusson's reading on our kids.

http://www.nida.nih.gov/NIDA_Notes/NNVol19N5/Marijuana.html

The results indicate that the pleasure of early use, not how much marijuana is used, determines the likelihood of later addiction. "There are people smoking a lot of marijuana who aren't addicted to it," Dr. Fergusson explains. "Others are smoking less but are addicted or headed for addiction."

Dr. Fergusson says his findings parallel those of studies on cigarette smoking and alcohol use among adolescents, which suggest that initial subjective response to a drug might be a behavioral marker for biological addiction-vulnerability. This growing body of research indicates that vulnerable individuals seem to experience enhanced sensitivity to a drug's positive effects, diminished sensitivity to its negative effects, or a combination of the two responses.

How about deviancy amplification, or alienation from rule of law and rejection of the moral compass, or the simple social context "because ya lied to me!".
Where is that tested for?

Even by the most conservative of analysis, there must be an awful lot of well adjusted cannabis smokers. Probably in many communities, orders of magnitude more 'Have' than of who 'Haven't". Early use in education is trying to inoculate some if not all kids against their known experience. Just as some kids just will never, some kids will always.

That means, intolerance! Up go the teenage bullshit meters.
Now try and reach them?

Doh!


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