Friday, October 06, 2006



That's what my dad jokingly refers to Alzheimers as. But another revealing study about our old friend Mary Jane; apparently she staves off Alzheimers. Article from

Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in California found that marijuana's active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, can prevent the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from breaking down more effectively than commercially marketed drugs.

THC is also more effective at blocking clumps of protein that can inhibit memory and cognition in Alzheimer's patients, the researchers reported in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics.

The researchers said their discovery could lead to more effective drug treatment for Alzheimer's, the leading cause of dementia among the elderly.
Well crap. Another positive story about marijuana. Can't the media keep the truth hidden? Why do they have to make it so hard for the DEA to do their job? Shouldn't we censor the media so that we don't have all this information and have to think for ourselves? No? I didn't think that's what you wanted.

So herb has many medicinal uses, has never directly killed anyone, and is more likely to make you eat too many chips than beat your wife but it's a Schedule I substance along with heroin and GHB, the "date rape" drug. While opium, cocaine and morphine are Schedule II because they have medicinal uses. Doesn't make sense does it? DEA scheduling

However I do like the new direction that the Drug Free America commercials have taken recently. They more accurately portray the true nature of the drug. By buying pot, you're not really supporting terrorists (they grow cocaine and poppies), and you probably won't run over a little girl on a bike leaving the drive-thru. But if you smoke, you just might sit on your friend's couch for 11 hours. You won't be able to drive and will feel akward and silent around people in a social setting (not always true but is fairly common). Life will pass you by if all you do is get baked, eat pizza and play video games. It's a good message to send to kids. If you are not using it medicinally, then it is recreational and should be used in moderation, just like everything else in this world. Except water, drink lots of water, but you can drink too much.
A person with two healthy kidneys can excrete about 1.5 litres of water per hour at maximum filtration (other studies find the limit to be as little as 0.9L/h [1]). Consuming as little as 1.8 litres of water in a single sitting may prove fatal for a person adhering to a low-sodium diet, or 3 litres for a person on a normal diet.

So be careful and full aware what is going into your body at all times. Someone offers you a pill at a club? Unless you really know that person and trust them with your life, just say no (to borrow a slogan from my youth), or no thanks would be more polite.

Speaking of having no life and playing video games, the 10th season of South Park started Wed. and they took aim at WoW aka World of Warcraft. It is a MMORPG and I hear that 70% of people who play are addicted. My friend who started playing a few months ago already has 4 days and 12 hours of playtime. Yes, 108 hours of gametime. That's alot. And his character's level is in the low 30's. He plays with a lady whose character is in the 40's. My friend was commenting that that's pretty high and that she is "hardcore". Then she says that she has been playing since the beginning and has 4 other characters all with levels in the 40s. That is beyond hardcore and into ludicrous. I hope she has a life outside of WoW, but it doesn't really sound like it. This Nov. 23rd will mark the 2 year anniversary of the release of WoW. WoW's wiki page. They had a specialist who said 40% were addicted, but she made that up and as long as we're making up figures, 70% sounds much worse.

Have no life, tons of time and like computer games? Try World of Warcraft! It's highly addictive!


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