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Why Pot Smokers Are Paranoid
TIME ^ | 6 April, 2011 | Maia Szalavitz

Posted on 04/09/2011 3:34:13 PM PDT by AustralianConservative

Paranoia is one of the most unpleasant "side effects" of marijuana. It's also a key experience shared by marijuana smokers and people with schizophrenia. But exactly how does smoking a joint cause the feeling that dark forces are conspiring to do you wrong?

New research in rats may help explain the source of this distress. The study, led by Steven Laviolette at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, involved training rats to fear the scent of either almond or peppermint. The scents were delivered to rats in a cage either with black-and-white striped walls or with black polka dots on a gray background. (The rats were not pre-tested for their taste in interior design.) One scent was accompanied by an electric shock to the rodents' feet, while the other scent was not.

At the same time, researchers experimented with the activity of the CB1 receptors in a certain region of the rats' brains. These cannabinoid receptors are activated by the main psychoactive component of marijuana, THC. In some rats, the scientists blocked CB1-receptor activity; in others, they used a marijuana-like drug to enhance it.

(Excerpt) Read more at healthland.time.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: libertarian; libertarians; marijuana; medicalmarijuana; neuroscience; paranoia; pot; quitstaringatme; whosfollowingme
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1 posted on 04/09/2011 3:34:16 PM PDT by AustralianConservative
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To: AustralianConservative

What? You mean like one molecule in my finger could be a universe?


2 posted on 04/09/2011 3:36:15 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: AustralianConservative
Potheads paranoid? I can't see how they have the reasoning left to be that.


3 posted on 04/09/2011 3:38:07 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: AustralianConservative

This is the third thread started by you in the last few minutes about marijuana...what gives?

Granted, FR has had posters like Willie Green and his trains, chet99 and his pit bulls and so on, so this isn’t all that unusual now that I think about it. Just curious.


4 posted on 04/09/2011 3:39:11 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Who are they talking about?


5 posted on 04/09/2011 3:39:14 PM PDT by Free America52 (The White guys are getting pissed off. We beat Hitler Hirohito and Krushchev. Obama will be easy.)
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To: mylife

Very nice reference!


6 posted on 04/09/2011 3:39:23 PM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: AustralianConservative

Well, marijuana IS illegal, so powerful forces really ARE out to get you: the police, the DEA, etc.


7 posted on 04/09/2011 3:39:40 PM PDT by Mountain Troll (My investment plan - Canned food and shotguns)
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To: AustralianConservative

This is about the silliest study I’ve ever read about! Just dumb!


8 posted on 04/09/2011 3:41:05 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Mountain Troll

9 posted on 04/09/2011 3:41:43 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: AustralianConservative

It’s all a government plot to enslave us!

See “Conspiracy Brother” played by Dave Chappelle in the movie “Undercover Brother”


10 posted on 04/09/2011 3:42:10 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: AustralianConservative
SO...they put the rats in certain types of cages and then give them an electric shock.

The pot smoking rats are smarter than the ones who didn't smoke pot — they are the ones who remember which cages are dangerous.

11 posted on 04/09/2011 3:42:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Mountain Troll

Or put another way, just because you are paranoid, doesn’t mean there AREN’T people out to get you!


12 posted on 04/09/2011 3:43:03 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: cdcdawg

Pot is pretty inane stuff.
Alcohol does far more damage. People get insane on alcohol.

The problem with pot is that people get complacent.

No one ever picked a fight smoking pot. Anyone ever OD on Pot?
Plenty of people let their lives slide by smoking pot.


13 posted on 04/09/2011 3:45:18 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: rlmorel

Pot fetish...lost his best girl to a pot head...


14 posted on 04/09/2011 3:45:20 PM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: AustralianConservative

Dave’s not here.


15 posted on 04/09/2011 3:45:35 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: AustralianConservative
obama smoking pot Pictures, Images and Photos
16 posted on 04/09/2011 3:46:20 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Free America52; Lazlo in PA

Really Free? Lazlo, where is Dave then? He’s not here either.


17 posted on 04/09/2011 3:48:39 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: Snickering Hound
What kind of person would sit and let somebody else use up a roll of film taking pictures of him?

A wannabe "male model"?

18 posted on 04/09/2011 3:49:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: BenLurkin

19 posted on 04/09/2011 3:50:15 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: AustralianConservative

Really? Of all the people I have known who smoked pot, got lazy and fell asleep - that’s it.


20 posted on 04/09/2011 3:50:29 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: mylife

LOL...I think of the most crazy and insane things I have done in my life, and alcohol is a common element...especially whiskey.

Don’t know why, but I think whiskey makes people even crazier.


21 posted on 04/09/2011 3:52:13 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: AustralianConservative

Rat’s paranoid ?
They always have a rain day, tea party bastards are always taking their abortion dollars away, starving the seniors, stealing from the poor, never paying their fair share. Always starting wars they never pay for, take directions from their corporate masters.

They have their reasons for smoking dope, day in and out.

Tea party bastards. (sarc)


22 posted on 04/09/2011 3:52:20 PM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: svcw

Amen.

Thats the worst of it.

Sure would beat Lunesta if it were legal


23 posted on 04/09/2011 3:53:14 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: rlmorel

Big time.


24 posted on 04/09/2011 3:54:00 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Mountain Troll
Well, marijuana IS illegal, so powerful forces really ARE out to get you: the police, the DEA, etc."

BONGO!

25 posted on 04/09/2011 3:54:21 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: AustralianConservative

Hmmmm, I have known potheads to be a lot of things, but paranoid is not one of them. And certainly if it were actually true that pot causes paranoia it would have been incorporated in the pot smoking subculture, but just the opposite is the case, instead of having a reputation of being paranoid they have a reputation of being mellow and apathetic.

This study seems like complete garbage.


26 posted on 04/09/2011 3:55:30 PM PDT by HerrBlucher ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Lazlo in PA

No, it’s me man, I’M Dave....


27 posted on 04/09/2011 3:59:44 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: svcw; cdcdawg

I think I would probably have to agree. My dad was an alcoholic for at lest 45 years of his life...sober as a young teenager and sober as an old man, but in between, an alcoholic. Not a mean drunk, and it never affected his work, but he would always come home and begin drinking. It was common to see him passed out with his head down on his arms at night.

Funny. Until I was in my mid-twenties, some part of me thought EVERYONE’S father did that.

Alcohol is a lot of fun, but...when it gets you in its grip, it can be evil and nasty. The most unpleasant thing my dad ever said to me when he was drunk was when I was 14 years old and he walked in on my friend and I looking at a Playboy magazine...he slurred at us “You wouldn’t know what to do with it if you had it...”

Not even nasty, but actually kind of funny (to me). Never raised a hand to any of us. He was a 30 year vet of the naval service; WWII, Korea and Vietnam, and I wondered what it was that had caused him to drink.

I have concluded it probably wasn’t anything. He was just someone who got nailed by alcohol, and that was that.

But he got sober 15 years before he died, and it was a wonderful thing. Like meeting a new person...


28 posted on 04/09/2011 4:00:45 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: rlmorel

He just drank and got silent. Never talked.


29 posted on 04/09/2011 4:02:10 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: AustralianConservative

Maybe its because its illegal and they are afraid of getting caught and going to jail.


30 posted on 04/09/2011 4:03:50 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: HerrBlucher
I dont condone Weed, but I never lied to my kid about it.

It's biggest danger is that it makes you lazy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2FZgErvNTE

31 posted on 04/09/2011 4:03:50 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2FZgErvNTE


32 posted on 04/09/2011 4:04:51 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: rlmorel

I am very happy you were able to enjoy your father sober.


33 posted on 04/09/2011 4:09:32 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: mylife

What I really think this all boils down to is.....uh...uh....wow.....what were we talking about man?


34 posted on 04/09/2011 4:23:10 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: AustralianConservative

I’m sure it being illegal has nothing to do with it.


35 posted on 04/09/2011 4:24:22 PM PDT by andyk (Wealth != Income)
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To: svcw

Yeah...it was great. We had to do a family intervention when he was about sixty, and I was doing things like driving around to find out which bar he was in and bring him home so he didn’t kill someone on the road.

Thank God that never happened. But that was when it really hit me-”My dad is an alcoholic!” It was really humiliating to me to have to run him down in bars like that.

But when he got sober, it was like he was a new man. Not that he was bad before, he was just pretty uncommunicative and stone-faced. After he quit, it was fun to see how interesting and funny he could be. He had a completely irreverent sense of humor, and he was largely humorless for most of his life.

One of the greatest things in my life was him getting sober. For the last fifteen years of his life, he went to AA meetings, sometimes three a week, sponsored people, ran meetings and was an inspiration and help to a lot of people.

I carry his special AA coin around with me every day. When things get a little tough, I put my hand on it in my pocket and think about the “One day at a time” motto, and about him. It helps.

I know mariijuana can be bad too, but I have come to the conclusion there is no way it is as bad as alcohol. I have seen what alcohol does to people, and in my opinion, it is just as destructive as heroin or cocaine, even more so because it is much cheaper and easier to get.

I know others feel differently about pot, but I simply don’t see it as dangerous as alcohol. On the other hand, we have all known burnouts, so it isn’t without its risks as well.


36 posted on 04/09/2011 4:25:33 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: Right Brother

Thats the crux of pot.


37 posted on 04/09/2011 4:36:06 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: AustralianConservative

According to the Libertarian wing of FR, pot is benign and does not make you paranoid, depressed, irrational, or useless at all. Why, it’s just like a glass of wine with dinner.


38 posted on 04/09/2011 4:38:50 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: AustralianConservative

Pot paranoid is NOTHING compared to crack paranoid.


39 posted on 04/09/2011 4:38:54 PM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: mylife

“It’s biggest danger is that it makes you lazy”

And stupid.


40 posted on 04/09/2011 4:40:38 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: AustralianConservative

Cannot be true, everyone knows rats are smarter than dope smokers. They get all they want and don’t need to drug up a female for sex.


41 posted on 04/09/2011 4:41:33 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: AustralianConservative

Even pot-smokers have enemies.


42 posted on 04/09/2011 4:42:15 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Persevero

I have had women make me depressed and irrational,

Even paranoid.

Pot is pretty inane.


43 posted on 04/09/2011 4:43:26 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Persevero

I agree.


44 posted on 04/09/2011 4:44:02 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: rlmorel

“I know mariijuana can be bad too, but I have come to the conclusion there is no way it is as bad as alcohol. “

I think alcoholism is worse than occasional pot use.

In order of badness:

1. Serious Alcoholism
2. Heavy, regular pot use
3. Occasional pot use
4. Occasional, don’t get drunk drinking.

Actually (4) is no harm and can actually be beneficial to your health.

Whenever I post on these type threads, pot advocates note all the damage done by alcohol. But it’s not done by moderate alcohol consumption. It’s done by alcohol ABUSE.

I’d never defend alcohol ABUSE. It’s obviously destructive on so many levels.

But I will defend alcohol USE.

And oppose the use of pot. No benefits, nothing but drawbacks, and you never just take one hit. You smoke to get high. As opposed to alcohol; most drinkers I know (and most are Christians) have a beer or two at most at a time. They don’t get high and it’s not in the least bit comparable to those who smoke a few bowls every weekend. They get stupefied and long term they are worthless, unless they quit.

I always like to note I am not defending my drug of choice. I don’t drink at all. I don’t care for it, never have.


45 posted on 04/09/2011 4:45:34 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Not silly at all. How else do you think the researchers can get a legal supply of lab grade kickass smoke for free? You think maybe they only have enough for the rats???


46 posted on 04/09/2011 4:45:55 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: mylife

“I have had women make me depressed and irrational,”

Well, as a general rule they are a blessing.

Can’t say that about pot. Pot’s effects are all negative.

A woman gave you birth. Your sister(s) played with you, cared for you, gave you joy. Your Grandma baked your Thanksgiving turkey, your aunts went to your school plays, your schoolteachers taught you to read, your neighbor took care of you when your mom was sick. . .

you know, I think women are probably a net positive to about the tenth power.


47 posted on 04/09/2011 4:52:52 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Persevero
I adore capitalism, But aggressive speed can really wreck you up.

Steve Gibbons Band~ Speed Kills

48 posted on 04/09/2011 4:56:06 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Persevero

Hmm aint found that soul partner yet

*cracks a beer*


49 posted on 04/09/2011 4:57:52 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: dusttoyou
How else do you think the researchers can get a legal supply of lab grade kickass smoke for free? You think maybe they only have enough for the rats???

Killer 'contact buzz'? Makes more sense to me than anything else I've read about the study...

"Hello Officer! The smell? Why, yes, we're doing research into the effects of MJ on rats...All legal and above board..."

50 posted on 04/09/2011 5:02:55 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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