Cannabis Said To Have Caused Young Man's Death in Essex
Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, October, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
Yes you did read the title right. A young man reportedly took his own life due to the effects of cannabis in the younger years of his life. Matthew Leahy, a bright 20 year old, committed suicide while admitted to the mental health unit at the Linden Centre in Chelmsford, Essex. This situation is unfortunate but the substance being blamed for the young man's death is questionable... Cannabis is being the main suspect.
Most people know the first time that they smoke whether or not they are fond of the cannabis plant. It is not something for everyone and some people do have a negative reaction, such as an allergy. However, the symptoms of this gentleman's decline are questionable if anything. Marijuana is a psychoactive substance but after searching through many pages of Google, one is unable to find any sort of reports of severe hallucinations while stoned if there are no other substances involved. Of course, mixing substances is sure to have different effects on different people and mixing drugs is NOT recommended.
Matt Leahy reportedly began to decline when he was around age 14. His teachers said that he wasn't paying attention in school and he was growing apart from his parents, who had divorced when Leahy was younger. Since the young man's clothes smelled occasionally of marijuana, the plant became the suspect in the decline of a once honor student. However, it is necessary to recognize that most 14-year-olds begin to discover who they are at this time. It is a very difficult age for anyone, in any geographical location. Puberty mixed with the incredible stress of high school is enough to crack any person who may have unstable feelings about past issues. The boy's mother, Melanie, confronted her son about his cannabis use but he denied it.
The fact that parents should educated their children on cannabis early on cannot be stressed enough. Adults can utilize cannabis to assist them with everyday life. It is extremely different in children and can be a serious problem if the plant is introduced in to the system too early in the developmental stage. Parents absolutely need to take the step to make their kids sit down and they need to educate them. Not with scare tactics and not in a confrontational way. Talking about cannabis should be a positive experience for both parent and child. If the child is educated and knows the risks and benefits of the plant, perhaps their decisions will steer them away from the plant until they're older. It's not up to schools, churches, or extracurricular activities to educate children about cannabis.
As Matt got older, the odd symptoms that he seemed to be experiencing got worse. He reportedly claimed that he felt that there were bugs crawling all over his body and that threadworms had infested his body and were falling out of his mouth and ears. Google did not provide any other cases such as this one in relation to cannabis. The drug that seems to be most associated with crawling bugs, mood swings, and rage is methamphetamine. "Meth bugs" is a common term for addicts who pick constantly at their skin, as they believe that they are covered in crawling insects. To my knowledge, there are no other reports of cannabis causing an effect such as this without other substances involved. However, there is a serious medical condition that is known as Morgellon's Disease that afflicts a part of the human population. This very mysterious illness causes a person to imagine that there are bugs all over their body, crawling under and over their skin. In this situation, the person will the illness will become agitated when confronted about having any sort of illness. If Matt was a sufferer of this condition, the fact that he was constantly being berated by doctors and his parents would have escalated his suddenly violent nature.
When the young man was admitted and released from the Linden Centere the first time, his mother said that he was completely different. Being admitted to a mental unit in a hospital almost assures that the person will be pumped full of anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, and anxiety medicines in order to combat the effects of the episode. Melanie said that he came out of the center as a hollow eyed, shuffling zombie. Unfortunately for this center, there have been other young person suicides in the establishment. This leads one to wonder about the treatments that are being administered within the hospital walls.
When Matt was readmitted to the center after an explosive fight with his parents, he was under close scrutiny. However, the young man managed to hang himself in his room while under the watch of the doctors. A terrified phone call was received by Matt's father five days before he committed suicide, saying that he was drugged and severely depressed. His parents had been told not to visit for the first few days in an effort to get the young man settled. They were worried but assured by the staff that Matt was taking an art class to combat the negative feelings. Small, needle sized puncture wounds were also discovered in a post-mortem study of Matthew's body, something unbeknownst to his parents who say that their son was terrified of needles.
This story is absolutely tragic and positive vibes go to the family of this young man. Whether or not cannabis played a final role in Matthew's decision to take his own life, there is definitely more to this situation. Hopefully, an in depth review of the situation will reveal that cannabis was not the cause of this man's sickness. Considering the plant is used as a medicine (and has been used as one for thousands of years), it is hard to believe that the plant alone could cause such a drastic change in a normally happy, uplifting person. Even though the knowledge of cannabis being medical, please refrain from mixing it with other substances or smoking past the point of your tolerance. While an overdose is impossible, the effects of being "too high" can be unpleasant and embarrassing.
Cannabis Can Treat Prostate Cancer
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, October, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
A new study using a compound meant to mimic the medicinal effects of cannabinoids has found that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors – something which cannabis does naturally - can prevent, and treat hormone-sensitive prostate cancer. The study was published this month by the U.S. National Institute of Health.
According to researchers of the study; “In the in vivo treatment, compound 4 [a synthetic cannabinoid] at 2 mg/kg, blocks the growth of LNCaP tumors and reduces the growth of PC-3 tumors generated in mice.”
They continue, stating that cannabinoids are a “good potential anticancer agent against hormone-sensitive prostate cancer.”
The study was conducted at the Instituto de Química Médica, CSIC, Calle Juan de la Cierva in Madrid, Spain. It will appear in print in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.
Category: Nugs | Posted on Sun, October, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
How To Clean A Vaporizer
Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, October, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
Smoking a vaporizer is a great way to get stoned. The high is completely different than smoking a bong or a bowl. Marijuana that has been through a vape can also be used in food, although you need a lot more of it as compared to unvaporized weed. There are so many different kinds of vaporizers that are sold these days. All of them are unique but most of them are pretty expensive. While it's nice to have an expensive piece of equipment like a vape around, it's something that needs to be cared for.
Cleaning a vape can be a difficult process, especially if you're unsure of what you're doing. Not only that but every vape is different and therefore, every vape has to be cleaned differently. The following steps are a general idea of how to clean most vaporizers and can be adapted in order to clean your personal equipment.
What You'll Need;
A Small Toothbrush
70-90% ISO Rubbing Alcohol
Gloves (There is still resin in a vape and it doesn't leave skin easily)
Put on your gloves and clear the vaporizer of any leftover bud that's left from your last baking session. Using the toothbrush, remove the fine dust that's produced when weed is vaped. Make sure that you thoroughly clean all parts of the vape that you can reach with the toothbrush. Also, if you're cleaning a handheld vape, be sure to remove the batteries before you begin cleaning and be very careful when using any sort of liquid in the chambers.
Every vape has a screen. Find where yours is located. Since these screens are interchangeable, you can remove this piece. Take it out now but be careful. Depending on how long it's been since your vape was cleaned, this piece may be extremely difficult to remove. You may need to use pliers but BE CAREFUL! Squeezing these pieces too hard can result in cracks. Be gentle but firm. Remove the dirty screen.
Take some rubbing alcohol and dip the Q-Tips in. Using the small cotton swabs, scrub every part of the vape carefully. Each piece of this device gets resin on it so be sure that you pay attention to where the buildups are. The alcohol should remove the resin fairly easily. Occasionally, it may seem like no amount of scrubbing will take this stuff off. If this happens, just lightly brush over the spot with the rubbing alcohol and let it sit for a bit. Don't soak any plastic pieces in rubbing alcohol? Only use this Q-Tip method, as sometimes the alcohol can sink in to the plastic and effect your smoking.
After scrubbing the resin from all parts of your vape, make sure to run them under hot water to clear off the remaining rubbing alcohol. If you want, you can fill a small bowl with hot water and Q-Tip the pieces again with that rather than alcohol. Now, set your pieces out to dry on the paper towels. After the vape has dried, reassemble it and you're ready to smoke! Be careful cleaning vapes that have the chambers on the same part as where the batteries are, if you're familiar with that kind of vape. This set of instructions should be done very carefully. A vaporizer is an expensive investment and it's no good if it happens to get flooded with alcohol or water. Just be careful!
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