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Scientists Debunk Theory That Pot Is a Gateway Drug

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

Data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 60 percent of pot users go on to try other drugs, which might seem to prove the “gateway” theory, except that 88 percent of drug users started with alcohol, according to several studies reported in The Atlantic.

Information published by Treatment4Addiction, which analyzed the government study, showed alcohol is more of a catalyst for trying new psychoactive substances, therefore preceding marijuana at the head of the chain.

“Gateway” is a problematic term in that marijuana use is not a tipping point but rather part of a process; this fact underscores a significant flaw of the gateway theory. Scientists tell us that correlation does not imply causation.

“Marijuana isn't a ‘gateway’ to harder drugs in the same way that ordering an appetizer isn't a 'gateway' to an entree: One comes before the other, but you're eating both because you're already at the restaurant,” The Atlantic explained.

Miriam Boeri, a sociology professor at Bentley University does not believe one type of drug use leads to another. In an article for The Conversation, she pointed out that poverty, mental illness and peer group pressure are all much stronger predictors of drug use.

Scientist Denise Kandel of Columbia University, who coined the term “gateway drug,” told NPR last week that she recently published a new paper on the topic, which shows nicotine is biologically the most potent gateway of all. When rodents were primed with nicotine, then given cocaine, they liked the cocaine much more.

In that case, the fact that e-cigarette use among teenagers has tripled in the past year, according to the Wall Street Journal, should be a much more worrisome trend.



Bender Joint.

Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, April, 30th 2015 by THCFinder


Chemical Change In Synthetic Marijuana Suspected Of Causing Illnesses

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

Over the past three weeks, people have been tumbling into emergency rooms across the country, seriously ill after using a synthetic drug known as K2 or spice.
Hundreds of cases have been reported in states including Alabama, Mississippi andNew York, where state health departments have warned people to stay away from the drug. New York City alone saw over 120 emergency cases in a single week in April.
Several people have died, and emergency room physicians have been seeing K2 users showing up with severe symptoms: high blood pressure, clenched muscles, seizures, hallucinations and psychosis.
"We have to chemically restrain and physically restrain them because they become violent and very strong. It takes four to five personnel to restrain them on a gurney," says Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. One patient last week ended up in the ICU. "He was combative and required sedation in the ER."
Although different variations of synthetic marijuana have been circulating on the street for about five years, Glatter says there's likely something unusual about the K2 behind this sudden surge in ER visits.
It's simple for manufacturers to modify the molecular structure of the mind-altering chemicals that producers spray onto dried plant material, which is then smoked. Not only does this make K2 difficult to identify and study, but the psychoactive effects become more unpredictable.


Do You Have A Marijuana Drug Testing Question?

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, April, 30th 2015 by THCFinder



Email For Expert Advice

In case you missed it, adult marijuana use is now legal in four states and the District of Columbia…but that doesn’t mean that your employer will tolerate it.

Say what you will about the pros and cons of each initiative, but one of the glaring omissions in each of those laws is the lack of any sort of workplace protection for adults who are legally consuming cannabis on their own time. Needless to say, there are few people in this country who can be 100% open about their marijuana consumption, especially around their employer.

At The Weed Blog one of the most common emails we get from readers come from frantic cannabis consumers who have suddenly been confronted with the need to participate in a mandatory drug screening. These emails come from people who are seeking new employment as well as from people who have been at a job for a while. No matter what the situation, for otherwise law-abiding and hard working people, having to submit to a drug test can be humiliating and nerve wracking. So many questions abound from this dilemma. How long does THC stay in my system? Is there a detox I can use? How do saliva tests work? Will I pass?For years we’ve been inundated with emails on this topic, and haven’t been able to respond to every email we’ve received. Now we are excited to announce that we are partnering up with Pass Your Test to answer all of your drug test related questions. We have set up a new email for those of you who need help with this complicated topic.

All of our drug testing articles can now be found at, and you can send all of your marijuana drug testing questions We are also working on a live chat option, where you can get help regarding your impending drug test in real-time.

Until we as a movement are able to get some workplace protection in place as legalization matures, this will be an issue that continues to affect working Americans. Here at TWB, we want to help you find some answers you can trust.




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