Alcohol and Marijuana Information
Alcohol is always one of the most abused drugs in our society, but in Oklahoma, it is even more prevalent than in some other states. The Native American population of Oklahoma has been well documented as having more alcohol addiction problems than they have with other drugs, including very addicting illicit drugs, like crack.
Alcohol addiction gain its popularity because of the tremendous marketing efforts that it can have as a drug that would be illegal for any other drug. The sponsorships that Budwiser and other distillers can use to get their name in front of our Oklahoma youth, set our kids up to thinking that having a "cold one" is a mark of growing up and emancipation.
Alcohol has an extremely damaging effect or impact on our society, in terms of domestic violence, promiscuity, leading to teenage pregnancy and the transmision of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), lost time at the job and lower productivity, as well as the tremendous cost from the impact of alcohol regarding automobile accidents. Alcohol consumption promotes violence and even though this is well known, it is hard to always establish the cause and effect of how alcohol played into acts of violence and the consequences seen in victimization.
What hasn't yet been addressed is the tremendous cost that alcohol plays in health related matters. Alcohol-induced liver damage disrupts the individual's metabolism, eventually imparing the function of the liver, kidneys and even the brain.
Most of the alcohol a person drinks is eventually metabolized by the liver. Some metabolitic products generated during alcohol metabolism (e.g., acetaldehyde) are more toxic than alcohol itself. These metabolites are called free radicals can damage liver cells and promote inflammation, impairing vital functions such as energy production and evidence shows that they also cause cancer. The body's natural defenses against free radicals (e.g., antioxidants) can be inhibited by alcohol consumption, leading to increased liver damage. If you take vitamins to incrase the action of antioxidants and then drink wine with your dinner, you may be defeating your efforts.
Long-term alcohol consumption prolongs the inflammatory process, leading to excessive production of free radicals, which can destroy healthy liver tissue. Bacteria that live in the human intestine play a key role in the initiation of Alcoholic Liver Disease. Drinking increases the passage of a noxious bacterial product called endotoxin through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream. When these reach the liver, endotoxin activates specialized cells (i.e., Kupffer cells) that monitor the blood for signs of infection. These cells respond to the presence of endotoxin by releasing substances called cytokines that regulate the inflammatory process.
Abstinence is the cornerstone of Alcoholic Liver Disease therapy. With abstinence, fatty liver and alcoholic hepatitis are frequently reversible, and survival is improved among patients with ALD, including those with cirrhosis.
Marijuana is the most common illicit drug in America, with more than 14 million estimated users and converts picking up the habit daily. Marijuana is a dry, shredded green/brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, it usually is smoked as a cigarette (joint, nail), or in a pipe. There are larger, cigar-type marijuana joints called blunts. Blunts are usually combined with other drugs in combination with marijuana. Marijuana smoke has a pungent and distinctive, usually sweet-and-sour odor. There are countless street terms for marijuana including pot, herb, weed, grass, endo, trees, ganja, sticky-icky, mary jane and hash.
Todays marijuana is estimated to be 10 to 20 times more potent that the pot from the 1960s. The forgiving attitudes that parents have when they discover that their children are smoking pot is naive because of the more debilitating effects of the marijuan that is in the hands of our young ones in Oklahoma today.
The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). THC content can often store in a person's body for many months after use has ceased, continuing to cause adverse reactions.
Ther are both short-term effects of marijuana and Long-term effects.
In the short term, marijuana causes problems with memory and learning, distorts perception, causes problems in thinking and problem solving, causes a loss of coordination and increases the heart rate. It also lowers the blood sugar which can be a serious problem for diabetics.
Marijuana's adverse health effects may occur because THC impairs the immune system's ability to fight off infectious diseases and cancer. Certianly that should be enough discouragement to keep one from wanting to continue using pot, but the respiratory effects are also damaging.
Research shows that marijuana causes problems in daily life or make a person's existing problems worse. Because marijuana compromises the ability to learn and remember information, the more a person uses marijuana the more he is likely to fall behind in intellectual, job, or social skills. Workers who smoke marijuana are more likely than their co-workers to have problems in the workplace. Several studies associate workers who smoke marijuana have increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers' compensation claims, and job turnover.
Long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction for many people; that is, they use the drug continually, even though it disrupts family, work, school, and recreational activities. Withdrawal symptoms make it hard for long-term marijuana smokers to stop using the drug. People trying to quit become irritabile, have sleep disorders, and anxiety. They also display increased aggression, peaking approximately one week after the last use of the drug.
There are no good reason why anyone from Oklahoma or living in Oklahoma should think that marijuana use is save and not addicting.
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