Kids are Smoking about as much Pot as Grandma and Grandpa are Smoking

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 7th, 2013

Week in Review

The Sixties gave us hippies and free love.  And the Seventies gave us stoners in junior high school.  Growing up apparently hasn’t changed much for these stoners (see Drug Use Drops for America’s Youth, Rises in the Over 50 Crowd by MIKE LEVINE, ABC News, posted 9/4/2013 on Yahoo! News).

Drug use among America’s youth is dropping, but it’s booming among people over 50, a U.S. government survey released Wednesday shows.

Last year, the rate of illicit drug use among children and teenagers 12 to 17 years old dropped to 9.5 percent, down from 11.6 percent a decade earlier, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) latest national survey.

Meanwhile, illicit drug use among adults 50 to 64 years old has increased in the past decade.

Specifically, illicit drug use among adults 50 to 54 has more than doubled since 2002, reaching 7.2 percent last year. For people 55 to 59, such drug use has more than tripled, reaching 6.6 percent last year.

Marijuana is by far the most-used illicit drug among both children and adults, according to SAMHSA, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

At a press conference Wednesday in Washington, officials expressed particular concern about use by those 12 to 17 years old.

“There’s no question that marijuana is harmful to the developing brains of adolescents,” said SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde, adding that marijuana use has been linked to “significant I.Q. declines.”

So what were these 50-54 year-olds doing when they were 15 (the average of 12 and 17)?  It was the middle of the Seventies.  The height of Cheech and Chong and stoner humor.  Anyone in school in the Seventies knew what 15 year-olds were doing.  Getting high.  Some kids just reeked of marijuana in school.  Some would smoke a joint before school.  Some would cut class and get high.  Much of junior high is a foggy memory to them today.  Having fried a considerable amount of brain cells in those days.

Kids today still smoke more pot than Grandma and Grandpa.  Unless their Grandparents were getting high in the Seventies.  Here’s a test you can do to find out.  Knock on the door and whisper, “It’s Dave.”  If they say, “Who?”  Whisper louder, “Dave!”  If they then reply, “Dave’s not here” and begin laughing you know they were listening to Cheech and Chong in the Seventies.  And probably spent their spare time getting high.  Which is why they are still getting high.  Once a stoner always a stoner.

Which does not bode well for today’s youth.  About 10% of 12-17 year olds are smoking pot.  And that’s with it being illegal.  Imagine what it will be like when more states decriminalize it.  And this isn’t Grandma’s and Grandpa’s pot.  Pot today is far more potent than it was in their day.  And will cause more long-lasting damage.   So they probably won’t even remember why “Dave not’s here” is funny when they reach the ripe old age of 50.

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Study finds Link between Smoking Marijuana and Testicular Cancer

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 15th, 2012

Week in Review

Pot smoking can cause permanent brain damage.  It can lead to harder and more dangerous drug use.  But now there is something even more horrible it can do to you (see Marijuana use may increase risk of testicular cancer by Jon Bardin posted 9/10/2012 on the Los Angeles Times).

A new study, published Monday on the website of the medical journal Cancer, reports that men who have testicular cancer are twice as likely to have smoked marijuana before they were diagnosed than control subjects. The association existed only for nonseminomas, the more dangerous form of testicular cancer that is harder to treat.

In the study, carried out in Los Angeles, a team of researchers enrolled 163 men who had been diagnosed with testicular cancer between 1986 and 1991. They also recruited a larger group of control subjects who were matched to the patients on such characteristics as age, ethnicity, and what L.A. neighborhood the subjects lived in at the time they were diagnosed—a localized approach to controlling for socioeconomic status.

The researchers, led by Victoria Cortessis of the USC, quizzed the participants on a range of medical and lifestyle factors, including drug use. They found that marijuana use before they were diagnosed was linked to a two-fold increase in testicular cancer risk. Even with this increased risk, the likelihood of developing testicular cancer remains relatively low: According to the American Cancer Society, a normal man’s likelihood of developing the disease is about one in 270. The risk of dying from the disease is even lower, at one in 5,000.

One in 270?  The average graduating class size in a U.S. public school is about 125.  So if you go to high school in a big city chances are that at least one in your graduating class will have testicular cancer.  And the odds are that it will be one of the stoners in your grade.  And if you’re one of the stoners it could be you.  Sure, the odds are low.  But considering what’s at risk some may reconsider enjoying that ‘harmless’ marijuana.  Because it could cost a guy his two best friends.

So to wrap up marijuana may cause permanent brain damage, it may be a gateway drug to a more harmful drug/addiction or it may cause you to lose your testicles.  As sad as the first two are to consider it is probably the losing of your testicles that gets the attention of a young pot smoker most.  Even though the first two are far more likely to happen and destroy your life than the less likely losing of your testicles to marijuana-inflicted cancer.  Because a young man has priorities in his life.  And saving brain cells or avoiding drug addiction is clearly not one of them.

So don’t do drugs, high school kid.  Because it could kill you.  Or worse.  It could hurt your future sex life.  Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase if you don’t use them you will lose them.  To testicular cancer.

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