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

Saturday, May 26, 2007

How to lie to your baby about pot.

Cannabinoids linked to brain damage imposed by maternal cannabis use

A critical step in brain development is governed by endogenous cannabinoids, 'the brain's own marijuana'. Studies conducted at Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet, with participation of scientists from Europe and the United States, are now published in Science and show that these endogenous molecules regulate how certain nerve cells recognize each other and form connections.

The scientists believe that their findings will significantly advance our understanding of how cannabis smoking during pregnancy may damage the fetal brain.

Huh!!!! ...with this logic they may as well be measuring tyre pressure to find a cure for Aids.
If this phenomena of cannabis / fetal brain injury was even 'slight risk' it would have shown up in epidemiological studies all over the freaking world.

(published elsewhere)

This prenatal stuff is all unsurprising. However set aside the moral dilemma for those who need to indulge in other peoples lives for a moment and consider the implications here.

If ALL pregnant mothers at risk of FAS (alcohol impairments) displaced alcohol with cannabis tea - the biopsychosocial benefits would be.? Apply the same logic and displaced consequences to tobacco.

Now there is the real a test of the efficacy of 'should we or shouldn't we'.

The double blind neonate study (Harvard) was conclusive. Neonates to pot tea drinking mothers performed statistically better across a raft of tests. They attributed the better outcomes to improved health of mother (thus baby) from the anti-emetic effect in an otherwise constrained diet.

This issue tests 'mode of use...' and socially normative behaviours.

(it is quite probably true that) Pregnant Mothers shouldn't smoke or drink alcohol. The ones at greatest risk are children of teen (young) mothers. We put every impediment to credible public health in front of them and then play the blame game. We're truly screwing people up. More so than pot has ever done to anyone.

One needs to visit this issue holistically.

Blair Anderson
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