If Marijuana Were Legal, Would Rehab Embrace It Like They Do Cigarettes?

Question by harryh: If marijuana were legal, would rehab embrace it like they do cigarettes?
I have a former relative in a drug rehab facility. When he went in, he was not a cigarette smoker. From what I hear, he has now taken up smoking, and the facility is discouraging him from trying to give it up. With tobacco, being the number one killer among drugs, I find this extremely counter-productive and just another one of rehabs hypocrisies. So if marijuana were to be legalized, would such a facility embrace this too? How is this not hypocrisy.
Sage… Your off topic and missing the point of the question. But…. just I so get this straight, are you actually suggesting that nicotine (a drug that kills 5.4 million people worldwide per year) is a safer drug than Tetrahydrocannabinol (a drug which there has never been one confirmed death) ? Your not really serious are you? If so, what’s your last name Benson or Hedges?
midnight. He was an in-law. There was a divorce. Therefore -former family member.

Best answer:

Answer by Jake Lockley
From Dr. Drew and celebrity rehab:

Why are the patients allowed to indulge in their smoking addictions?

In California, I’m required by law to give people a place to smoke. It’s in what’s called Patient’s Rights. I offer every single patient CHANTIX and most of them refuse it. Brigitte Nielsen from last season is the only one who successfully stopped smoking also. Although the old wisdom in addiction treatment was that you deal with the smoking later, current research shows that you’re more likely to stay off your drug of choice if you address smoking at the same time. So I address it with every single one, but I’m obliged by law to let them kill themselves with cigarettes.

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2 Responses to If Marijuana Were Legal, Would Rehab Embrace It Like They Do Cigarettes?

  • midnightmoon62 says:

    What do you mean former relative? DId you disown them because of their addiction or something? Not very family like, huh?? Even if they are not in your life right now because of their addiction, they are STILL your relative.

    And yes, I think it is counter productive…. Sometimes.

    That only moves the addiction from one substance to another. HOWEVER, having been a person who has had addictions, sometimes that is what you have to do. I mean, isnt that how we treat every addiction until we can wein the person completly off the addiction? Smokers are encouraged to use nicotine replacements as they get off the cigs and then wein off the nicotine. Psychologically, this can be a positive way to go about it, because very few people can quit addictions cold turkey. So sometimes, it is NOT counter productive.

  • Sage says:

    Marijuana potency has grown steeply over the past decade with serious implications for users with the average amount of THC having more than doubled.

    In the same period the number of admissions to psychiatric hospital caused by the drug soared by 85 per cent due to the fact that those who smoke the drug regularly are more than twice as likely to suffer illnesses such as schizophrenia, hallucinations and delusions later in life.

    Teens using marijuana to alleviate feelings of depression just compound the problem.

    As well as psychotic illness cannabis can cause affective disorders such as depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Even worse it is linked to cancers.

    Cannabis users display neuropsychological dysfunction (relative frontal lobe functioning deficits, cognitive inhibition) and attentional deficits similar to those found in schizotypal or schizophrenia patients.

    Regular use can shrink the parts of the brain which control memory, emotion and aggression. The hippocampus, which is thought to govern emotion and memory averages 12 percent smaller and the amygdala, which has a part in controlling fear and aggression, 7 percent smaller. This suggests that heavy daily use may be toxic to human brain tissue.

    Blood flow velocity is significantly higher in users and they have higher values on the pulsatility index (PI), which measures the amount of resistance to blood flow. This is thought to be due to narrowing of the blood vessels that occurs when the circulation system’s ability to regulate itself is impaired. This leads to abnormalities in the small blood vessels in the brain.

    The active chemical in MJ called delta-9-tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC) binds to cannabinoid (CB) receptors located on several cell types in various organs. This greatly increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes in addition to impaired learning and memory.

    It can also effect physical health. Three to four cannabis cigarettes a day cause the same amount of damage to the lungs as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day. Thus there are rising levels of lung diseases such as emphysema.
    In comparison to cigarettes marijuana smoke has significantly higher levels of toxic compounds, including ammonia and hydrogen cyanide. Ammonia levels are 20 times higher while hydrogen cyanide, nitric oxide and certain aromatic amines occurred at levels 3-5 times higher.
    It can also effect the unborn child. Scientists have identified that endogenous cannabinoids, molecules naturally produced by our brains are functionally similar to THC from cannabis and play significant roles in establishing how certain nerve cells connect to each other. Maternal cannabis use allows THC to travel through the placenta and impair fetal brain development and impose life-long cognitive, social, and motor deficits in affected offspring.

    Low doses of Ä-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), equivalent to that in the bloodstream of an average marijuana smoker facilitate infection of skin cells and can cause these cells to turn into malignant sarcoma.

    And then there are all the car crashes caused by people driving under the influence of drugs that are at this moment being quantified but already show that more drug drivers kill than drink drivers!!

    So it is a lot, lot safer to smoke cigarettes than weed!!

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