Drug addiction: The complex truth

cannabisforautism:

Reblogging this because it is so important. Many parents are put off the idea of using cannabis to help their children, due to fears about addiction. Cannabinoids are not like heroin or cocaine.

Originally posted on Mind Hacks:

We’re told studies have proven that drugs like heroin and cocaine instantly hook a user. But it isn’t that simple – little-known experiments over 30 years ago tell a very different tale.

Drugs are scary. The words “heroin” and “cocaine” make people flinch. It’s not just the associations with crime and harmful health effects, but also the notion that these substances can undermine the identities of those who take them. One try, we’re told, is enough to get us hooked. This, it would seem, is confirmed by animal experiments.

Many studies have shown rats and monkeys will neglect food and drink in favour of pressing levers to obtain morphine (the lab form of heroin). With the right experimental set up, some rats will self-administer drugs until they die. At first glance it looks like a simple case of the laboratory animals losing control of their actions to the…

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About cannabisforautism

An Ashtanga Yoga teacher, dedicated to improving the health and welfare of those involved in mental health issues, substance use or homelessness. I am also striving to put an end to the perception of the substance user as someone who makes incorrect choices. Striving for a world where there are no 'drug abusers' or 'addicts', just substance users with health concerns and sometimes financial and legal confounds. It is possible to use many substances and still remain happier and healthier than your peers. The notion that a substance user must become unhealthier as time goes by is false. I hope you enjoy reading my blog. It's about autism treatments and a few other odds and ends. Thank you and take care, Jules
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2 Responses to Drug addiction: The complex truth

  1. Webmaster says:

    Outstanding work I must say. Would love to reblog your posts. Wish I had friends that knew how to write to collaborate in categorizing your wonderful posts. A shame it took me this long to follow back. You must be on the right track though when you followed me last year, as it shows here on wordpress. Forgive me for my ambition to spread out so thing like a string that I had not noticed your follow or posts.

    Namaste

  2. Webmaster says:

    Reblogged this on PNVP.Org | Peace & Non-Violence Project and commented:
    Thank you Cannabis for Autism!
    Reblogging this because it is so important. Many parents are put off the idea of using cannabis to help their children, due to fears about addiction. Cannabinoids are not like heroin or cocaine.

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