(Closed) Is marijuana a drug and can you overdose???

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Post # 47
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Are people really arguing whether it’s a drug?  Of course it is.  But so is alcohol and caffeine. 

Yeah you cannot realistically overdose on marijuana.  But you can overdose on water and vitamins and many other things that are good for you Smile

Post # 48
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Helper bee

It’s a drug.  It’s all but impossible to OD.  And yes, it should absolutely be legalized.

However – to all the pot-smokers out there who are advocating for legalization, I want you to consider one thing: it will be expensive. VERY expensive.  Probably around the cost of cigarettes or alcohol.  

For the consumers of today, it will be a detriment.  For tax purposes, and the job market, it would be an extremely good thing to legalize. 

Post # 49
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Busy bee
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@trueblue14:  Yeah it’s a wonder to me that more kids don’t try to get high off of antihistemenes. I mean, they’ve already done that with cough syrup lol.

Post # 50
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Busy bee
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@lightmist:  hm, but what about shrooms? If pot has a good effect on people, then good. But it’s always better to err on the side of caution.

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
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@PuckBunny:  its expensive now. I’m okay with taxing it, they tax everything else i enjoy so it doesnt make it difference to me, and yay for helping the economy. 

Post # 52
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Bumble bee
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@tmsing:  well shrooms are a different story, so are poisonous plants and those type of things. All im saying is that its the one drug where you dont have to break it down, process it, and mix with other things. Its natural. Its a plant with flowers that happen to be smokable. yipee. 

Post # 53
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes, you can overdose on it. You can overdose on WATER and die (google it, frats substituted binge drinking water instead of beer and people died because it threw their salt balance off too much).

Yes, it is a drug, and YES, it is addictive. About 1/10 of the people who use it become dependent.

Post # 54
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Like others, I view pot as on par with alcohol. However, I think it is potentially addictive for the right types of people.

 

Most people that become drug addicts do so in two ways… they are biologically set up to become them; there is something in their brain that when triggered by a substance gets them hooked (which usually leads to other substances), OR over time their bodies become accustomed to a substance thus creating this feeling of need.

 

There is a difference between something being addictive, and not having physical reactions to a lack of a substance. You might not start sweating, get headaches, or feel horrible if you don’t have pot for a day or two, but if your mental triggers tell you that you need it every day, in my opinion, that it still an addiction.

 

So in that instance, I do view pot as a gateway drug.

 

Also, there is a difference between people who are addicted to a substance and who abuse a substance, a distinction that I think is often lost in these sort of conversations. Both can be rather detrimental.

 

I don’t think it should be illegal though, because of other substances that are equally addictive that are legal. Plus, I think having legal outlets for it would be safer for consumers, as well, not to mention our country could probably use the tax revenues.

Edit: Also, I’ve read that young people that used pot very frequently for extended periods of time had some cognitive and memory issues because they used it before they turned 25, which a lot of researchers are saying your frontal lobe isn’t completely formed yet. I’m thinking this is only in extreme cases, though.

 

 

 

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve tried it twice and I must be alergic to it and with my symptoms, I can easily say that you can overdose on it.

When i tried it and i didn’t try much, just a little, I felt like someone had cut off all my blood circulation to my arms and legs and I cried cuz it was so painful. I can’t imagine the feeling if i had more.

Post # 56
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Helper bee

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@crayfish:  do you have any sources to state that there’s a possibility of overdosing? If so, can you post? I’d be interested in seeing those. 

Post # 57
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Helper bee
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Illegal? Oh yes… I remember that. haha, just kidding. It’s technically legal in WA now. But I don’t use it. Couldn’t if I wanted to (don’t want to). I work for the federal govenment. Also, most places still have drug policies that don’t allow you to have it in your system. It stays in your system a lot longer than say alcohol. So really the only people that can use it and get away with it are people who don’t have a job… Catch 22?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad it’s legal. It will be nice to save all the money on cops doing “drug busts” and putting harmless pot heads in jail on my dime.

It is a drug. I don’t think it could kill you unless it is laced with something. I do think it can make you lose ambition and do nothing with your life if you let it get to that point. I.e.: ex boyfriend that would rather spend his limited amount of money on a dime than pay rent… and gets evicted. Great choices…

Post # 58
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Honey bee
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@crayfish:  you can also OD and die from too much salt. Fun fact.

Yeah the word “drug” is so taboo for some instance but most people do drugs every day *gasp* from drinking a glass of wine, to having a cup or coffee, tea, a piece of chocolate etc.

I saw some people saying it is a “gateway” drug.  this cannot piss me off more. Why isn’t alcohol or cigaretts also a gateway drug?  I’m sure the kids who went on to do coke after weed drank and smoked cigs before weed!  This is just the most logical sequence.

And for the people who say it is a drug and the difference is becasue it is illegal, I’m not sure if you have much logic in you at all.

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