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Pesticides commonly used on marijuana linked to Autism.
A new study
released by U.C Davis found an alarming connection between organophosphates and neurological delays in fetuses and children,
even at low levels of exposure.
The study found that women living within a mile of agricultural fields that are sprayed with pesticides were much more likely
to have children who are developmentally delayed and autistic, but it’s not just agricultural crops that are soaked in pesticides.
The marijuana boon is creating it’s own casualties. Pesticides commonly used on marijuana are Phosmet, Diazinon, and Avid.
Organophosphates are derivatives of phosphonic acid, or OP for short, and are the basis for making pesticides, insecticides and
herbicides. The chemicals are reported to be highly toxic to humans, animals and bee’s.
According to an article by Evan Mascagni
a leading marijuana testing facility has found that marijuana contains as much as 60 times the level of pesticides that is allowed
for store bought food items, but marijuana is not regulated for pesticide use.
To make matters worse, Jeffrey Raber
presented a study to Humboldt State University that concluded as much as 70% of the pesticides
sprayed on marijuana buds can be transferred to inhaled smoke. “I think that what's so alarming to us is that such a huge amount of
pesticide material could be transferred,” Raber said. “And, you have to consider that when you inhale (something), it's much like
injecting it directly into your blood stream.” Raber also claims the use of pesticides on marijuana is illegal in California but it
hasn’t stopped profiteers who continue to thumb their noses at serious health concerns.
Jane Weirick Carlson, (Sister
Mary Jane) was a buyer for the San Francisco Cannabis Club and founder of Patients Resource Center in San Francisco. As part of her
job as a buyer she handled crude marijuana on a daily basis and was concerned to find out that several growers were using very high
levels of pesticides on their indoor grows. She developed a rare nerve disorder that many are blaming on her exposure to the organophosphate
pesticide Avid. An article on the Examiner
say’s she was a pioneer and prominent figure in the marijuana movement.
Marijuana use damages brain neurotransmitters.
Dopamine is a naturally occurring hormone and neurotransmitter in our brain that is responsible for feelings of happiness, motivation,
joy, pleasure, and an overall sense of well being. It also regulates focus and attention levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter
that is responsible for mood stability and balance.
Smoking, or ingesting marijuana initially causes a increase in the amount of dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain. However,
when released in excess repeatedly, the brain adapts by reducing the number of dopamine receptors and by doing so, dopamine levels
fall dramatically which cause a loss in the ability to feel pleasure, happiness, or motivation.
In a new study
by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, researchers recruited 24 marijuana users, and 24 non users, with the
goal to examine how brains reacted to the drug methylphenidate- a stimulant that increase dopamine levels. The control group produced
just as much extra dopamine after taking the drug as the marijuana users. They each produced the same amount of dopamine but with
remarkably difference results. Marijuana users had a significantly reduced behavioral, cardiovascular, and brain response to the drug,
and reported feeling restless and anxious, with heightened stress levels, and irritability. They had a significant decrease
in test scores on sensitivity to reward and motivation, causing scientists to seriously question whether the brains of marijuana users
knew what to do with the with the extra dopamine. Researchers think the decrease in reward sensitivity may be the cause of depression
in marijuana users. Low levels of dopamine and serotonin are a root cause of depression and anxiety. Marijuana smokers will often
tell you that using marijuana relieves these symptoms when in fact the drug is actually causing them. Their reaction is evidence that
marijuana use damages the brains ability to function properly.