Bogus claims stating social network users are druggies too
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, August, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
(CBS) Is social networking turning America's youth into substance abusers?
Teens who use Facebook and other social networking sites on a daily basis are three times as likely to drink alcohol, twice as likely to use marijuana, and five times more likely to smoke tobacco than teens who don't frequent the sites.
"The findings in this year's survey should strike Facebook fear into the hearts of parents of young children and drive home the need for parents to give their children the will and skill to keep their heads above the water of the corrupting cultural currents their children must navigate," study author Joseph A. Califano, Jr., founder and chairman of Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance abuse, said in a written statement.
Seventy percent of teens spend time on these sites every day, according to the survey. That's 17 million 12- to 17- year-olds.
According to Califano, looking at pictures of teens getting drunk, using drugs, and passing out contributes to this risky behavior. Compared to teens who never saw these images on social networking sites, picture viewers where three times more likely to drink alcohol, four times more likely to smoke pot, and three to four times more able to obtain marijuana and illegal prescription drugs.
"Continuing to provide the electronic vehicle for transmitting such images constitutes electronic child abuse," according to Califano.
The study also looked at how television contributes to teen's risky habits.
Not surprisingly, watching Snooki and the gang get sauced week-after-week may be affecting teen viewers. The survey found one-third watch shows like "Jersey Shore," "Teen Mom," and teen dramas like "Gossip Girl." Compared to teens that don't watch this suggestive programming, these 12- to 17-year-olds are almost twice as likely to drink and use marijuana.
"They see these images and there are no moral or educational statements accompanying them, so teens may be left with the impression that this is what the real world is about and that everybody is doing it, so it is OK," Dr. Andres Huberman, medical director at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospitals' project outreach in West Hempstead, N.Y., told WebMD.
Should parents curb their kids social networking use? If the survey results are any indication, they haven't been. Nearly 90 percent of parents surveyed as part of the study said they didn't think social networking sites would make their kids more likely to drink or do drugs.
Califano told WebMD, "It is a phenomenal assault on public health that we subject teens to pictures of drugs, alcohol, or teens being drunk or passed out on the Internet, in films, and on TV shows that are suggestive and glorify drinking and drugging."
Do you agree?
A Medicinal Pot Patch For Pets Coming Soon
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, August, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
A Seattle company has developed a marijuana pain patch for use on dogs, cats and horses suffering from arthritis, cancer, and other chronic pain. The company, Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems (MMDS), acquired a patent for the patch which was developed in 2000 by Walter Cristobal of the Santa Ana Pueblo Tribe of New Mexico. According to Culture Magazine, Mr. Cristobal created a marijuana skin patch to ease his mother's arthritis discomfort and was ultimately awarded a patent.
This patch allows the trans-cutaneous (through the skin) delivery of the marijuana instead of the traditional smoking, inhaling or eating of the drug and as an alternative to traditional pain medication. The patch will be sold under the trademark Tertacan, and should be available in the United States by the end of this year. Jim Alekson, a spokesperson for MMDS, called the pot patch a "mellow alternative to traditional pharmaceutical painkillers, which have proven harmful, sometimes fatal in animals". The patch will also be available for humans.
Many state laws will have to be amended to allow the purchase of medical marijuana, to allow veterinarians to legally prescribe it, and to allow people who are legally allowed to have medical marijuana to give it to their pets.
Clearly, proper prescribing and dosing are critical, as is the case with any pain patch issued for humans and animals, and abuse can be quite serious. Pets have had serious reactions to pot accidentally ingested or deliberately given to them as a prank. Reactions can include listlessness, uncoordinated physical movements, disorientation, incontinence and other symptoms consistent with the toxicity of an overdose. Most state laws consider illegally providing, or negligently allowing a pet access to pot a crime.
Don't try this at home yet.
Is Marijuana a gateway drug?
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, August, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
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Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, August, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Who Says Bongs & Pipes Aren't Art? High-End Smokeware in LBC
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, August, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
Very few artists come up with art that is actually funtional, if anything that alone should be enough to showcase the skill that glass blowers must have to make some of the amazing pieces that we see today.
There's a special spot deep in the heart of the LBC that offers brilliant, intricate sculptures. While you may not be in the market for home decor, perhaps you are perusing the sprawl for new additions to your marijuana paraphernalia collection. GooseFire Gallery in Long Beach is a spot you may want to add to your checklist.
Doubling as high-end smokeware, these artistic pieces not only spice up your living space but serve as pipes and bongs.
Exhibiting around 75 pieces of "controversial glass art," GooseFire Gallery showcases the work of 15 artists, reports Press-Telegram. Though marijuana isn't for everyone, Owner Matt Abrams, 29, feels that anyone can appreciate the items as art.
"I think even people who don't enjoy the marijuana see the time and effort and the artistic elements put into these pieces," Abrams said. "You can't deny that. They look at it and go, `I don't appreciate that it's a pipe, but I do appreciate that it's a beautiful piece of work.'"
The functional artworks range in price staring at $500 to $10,000, excluding a $45,000 glass bamboo-climbing lemur. The piece consists of about seven pipes hiding among the bamboo shoots.
"There's nothing else like that out there," said Abrams of the lemur work.
Aside from practical art, Adams also dabbles in medical marijuana. His family owns One Love Long Beach, the collective across the street from the gallery. Adams serves as the managing director and handles the legal work.
While the gallery is well-received by many, others are not impressed.
"Drug paraphernalia labeled as smokeware is no more art than vomit is," Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation. "Drugs have destroyed many lives and families and there is nothing beautiful or fascinating about it. ... Peddlers of smokeware who recklessly promote drug activity and contribute to this health problem just to make a buck, even under the guise of art, are repulsive, not artistic."
Art or vomit, L.A.?
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