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Reefer Madness: There Is No Such Thing As Medical Marijuana

Posted by admin in October 15th, 2019 | 2 comments 
Published in Marijuana, Social Issues, Uncategorized

There is no such thing as medical marijuana.
“What about all those children with epilepsy and my great aunt with glaucoma?” I am exhausted with the false narratives about the medical benefits of marijuana. The questions fundamentally miss one simple fact: there is NO SUCH THING AS medical marijuana!

The confusion is not surprising, as the marijuana advocacy community has done everything possible to disguise the way medical legalization works in the US.

Marijuana is not “prescribed” for anything. It can’t be, because the FDA has never approved it to treat any disease, and there is little to no evidence that marijuana, in any form, can or does help any diseases.

Pot doctors may “authorize” its use, usually after very short visits by patients. But it is important to understand that an authorization card is NOT a prescription. Less than 3% of MDs in the US have agreed to such authorizations. Most credible doctors, especially GPs, stay away from any form of “medical marijuana” because the research on its benefits and usefulness simply does not exist.

After receiving an authorization card, “patients” can then buy as much marijuana as they like for a year for any reason they choose. Three studies I read showed that nearly all were recreational users before they became “patients.” And there is no difference between so-called “medical” and recreational marijuana. They are the same drug. In other words, in nearly all cases, “medical authorization” is simply a backdoor to protect recreational users from arrest.

By far the most common conditions for which medical marijuana is authorized are anxiety and insomnia, not diseases such as Parkinson’s or even epilepsy.

The problem is we’ve legalized a substance and even called it “medicinal” when all the research conducted by scientists, medical doctors, and psychiatrists confirm that marijuana is harmful and highly addictive. There are no unique benefits to it. I cannot say it any clearer than this: The system has let us down by legalizing a very harmful substance and by marketing it as useful and safe.

I want to address two important issues.

First of all, CBD is not THC and it is not marijuana. CBD is a derivative of cannabis. It is not intoxicating and it is not a hallucinogenic. However, by marketing it in everything from hand cream to vitamins, it is the industry’s way of sanitizing or softening mainstream reaction to the drug. As one friend put it, “this is just the camel’s nose under the edge of the tent.” Mark my words, it’s a marketing ploy to get us all on board the cannabis train.

CBD is found in Epidiolex. Epidiolex is a prescription medicine used to treat seizures in some children who are at least 2 years old. Epidiolex is controlled in Schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act. It comes with a warning, “Keep this medicine in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.” It is still in trials and is not widely prescribed. So, yes there have been some positive responses to Epidiolex, but the active ingredient in the medicine is not THC but CBD–there is a big difference between these two substances. It’s like using poppy seeds in muffins compared to shooting heroin into a vein–both come from the poppy flower, but are completely different in their impact on the human body.

To date, the FDA has not approved a single marketing application for marijuana and/or its treatment of any disease or medical condition. Period.

My pro-pot friends have tried every which way to convince me that there is such a thing as medical marijuana. Even a close friend tried to tell me that it helped her arthritis and chronic fatigue. Nope. Not medical. Not research proven. Two drugs that have at least seen trials have a form of synthetic THC (the chemical in marijuana that causes the high) which is similar in many ways to natural THC, but compoundly DIFFERENT enough to make a distinction.

Synthetic THC is found in Marinol and Syndros – both used to treat nausea in chemo patients and HIV/AIDS sufferers. But THC synthetics are not the only treatment for either of these debilitating conditions. Phenergan suppositories for example are highly effective in treating nausea in both chemo patients and HIV/AIDs sufferers without any harmful side effects and no controversy.

It’s an enormous stretch to cloak marijuana with this “medical” label, when in fact it has no unique proven and safe medicinal properties, nor does it lend any cure to any diseases. It’s hype. It’s a new form of snake oil and big money is behind its promotion. Even stupid Wikipedia reports, “The use of cannabis as medicine has not been rigorously tested and medicinal value of the drug has not been proven.”

I hate marijuana! Marijuana is not safe, it is not medicinal, and it is not the same as alcohol:

  • It is highly addictive.
  • It causes permanent brain damage to adolescents and young adults.
  • It decreases productivity and creativity.
  • It causes psychosis and violence.
  • It can cause physical harm and sometimes death.

With the rapidly changing landscape of our nation as it relates to the legalization of this drug, someone needs to stand up and cry foul. I’m afraid my voice is not loud enough.

Marijuana is yet another facet of our nation’s culture of death mantling the next generation into bondage.

I want to end with a strong clarion cry to those who have a profession of faith in Christ Jesus.

Our world is broken and the enemy of all mankind is working to kill, steal, and destroy us. We have to speak truth whenever we hear a lie; we have to stand strong, even when the world tells us it’s not important; we have to proclaim the Gospel, even when it’s hard. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to the pulling down of strongholds,” 2 Corinthians 10:4. We are in a battle for our lives. What is God calling you to do?

Reefer Madness: It Brings Injury and Death

Posted by admin in October 15th, 2019 | no comment 
Published in Uncategorized

Marijuana use increases accidents and ER visits.
There is a strong link between marijuana use and dangerous driving. Berenson says, “The number of drivers in fatal accidents in Colorado and Washington state who test positive for marijuana has soared since legalization” (p. 219).

With recent changes in its legal status, the impact of marijuana on driving accidents is tragic! Marijuana is the most common illicit drug reported in motor vehicle accidents (MVA) nationwide! Experimental studies indicate that acute intoxication with marijuana affects a number of cognitive and motor skills that are necessary for safe driving, including reaction time, signal detection, information processing, and spatial memory—basically every skill necessary to drive safely.

But car accidents aren’t the only thing sending users to the ER.

Five years after Colorado first legalized marijuana, a new study shows the drug is sending more people to the emergency room than ever before. Inhaled marijuana caused the most severe problems, but marijuana-infused foods and candies, called edibles, led to the second most severe problems. Patients went to the ER with symptoms ranging from uncontrollable vomiting to psychotic episodes.

In a state-funded, post-legal-pot study at The University of Colorado Hospital, —2,567 emergency visits were without question caused by marijuana. Seventeen percent […] Continue Reading…

Reefer Madness: It Fries the Brain

Posted by admin in October 15th, 2019 | no comment 
Published in Marijuana, Social Issues, Uncategorized

Marijuana causes impaired cognitive abilities.
Even among infrequent (non-daily) users, marijuana causes significant impairment to one’s ability to pay attention and to concentrate. A number of studies have shown that marijuana use significantly affects impulse control, the ability to do simple planning, decision making, and a person’s working memory—this is with nondaily, infrequent use.

But the enormous “Marijuana Legalization: Impact on Physicians and Public Health” study that I read shows that marijuana use results in:

slower response time in tasks and simple reaction time,
impairment of visuospatial (perception of distance between objects),
inhibits sustained attention and divided attention, and
it wreaks havoc on short-term memory, as well as impairment on motor control tasks.

With chronic, daily use of marijuana, users experience greater cognitive impairment and oftentimes, depending on the age of the user, that cognitive impairment does not repair itself after the users stops ingesting marijuana—resulting in long-term irreparable cognitive damage. Heartbreaking.

So, let’s look at some of the persistent effects of this drug. Chronic marijuana use is associated with:

persistent impairment of attention,
verbal memory loss,
working memory loss,
impaired decision making (the making of bad decisions) and
impaired decision-making function (unable to make any decisions at all).

Although early research indicated that […] Continue Reading…

Reefer Madness: Marijuana Causes Vioence

Posted by admin in October 15th, 2019 | no comment 
Published in Marijuana, Social Issues

Using marijuana is dangerous.
My loved one, the guy who asked the question that started all of this, is an open-minded, born-again Christian. His question was good for me. Instead of me just brushing him off, his sincerity forced me to find evidence to prove my case. And like a lot of people who support the legalization of marijuana, he made this statement, “Marijuana is perfectly safe. Way safer than alcohol.”

No, it isn’t. And the science proves it. In Tell Your Children, Berenson states the common pro-marijuana argument, “Barack Obama smoked it. Bill Clinton smoked it too, even if he didn’t inhale. Might as well say it causes presidencies. I’ve smoked it myself, I liked it fine. Maybe I got a little paranoid, but it didn’t last. Nobody ever died from smoking too much pot” (2019, p. xiv).

“No one ever died from smoking too much pot” is a lie. Not only is marijuana highly addictive, it also leads to violence. There is indisputable research that smoking marijuana leads to violent behavior.

Google Raina Thaiday. Australian courts found her violent behavior was a clear result of long-term marijuana use. The judge stated, “Thaiday gave a history of the use of cannabis since […] Continue Reading…

Reefer Madness: Why I Hate Marijuana’s Guts

Posted by admin in October 15th, 2019 | no comment 
Published in Marijuana, Social Issues

Recently I was asked by a loved one why I am so against marijuana. His question was sincere, and though I believe he holds his own opinion about the subject, I felt that he was genuinely interested in why I hate it so much.

Anecdotes are okay, but as a PhD I know rigorous research beats anecdotes every time. But on this day, I couldn’t quote a single piece of evidence that would make my case. So, I grabbed the arsenal easiest to reach-—that of personal experience and I started there.

I know firsthand that smoking pot is dangerous. At college, I smoked pot for three years. I didn’t just smoke pot recreationally, (which is the way I started), but I eventually had to sell the drug in order to sustain my addiction. I needed pot to go to sleep; I needed it to go to work; I needed it to start my day.

I also know from personal experience that pot hinders productivity. I started smoking marijuana midterm my freshman year. I was earning good grades and had a very clear goal for my life. I was studying special education because I wanted to be a teacher from the time I was […] Continue Reading…

When the Handwriting is on the Wall

Posted by admin in October 9th, 2019 | 7 comments 
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Corrie ten Boom wrote about a time that she was very sick and the doctors thought she was going to die. This was a few years after the war ended. A brother in Christ that she loved and respected came to her bedside and asked, “Corrie, is there any area in your life in which you are not obeying God?”

Corrie ten Boom. The woman had survived a prisoner of war camp, hung tightly to her faith even when her sister died there, boldly loved God with all of her heart and always encouraged the Body of Christ to do likewise—could she ever disobey God?

But there it was. Germany. God was calling Corrie to return to Germany and she did not want to go!

The Christian brother prayed with Corrie and she asked for forgiveness because delayed obedience is always disobedience. She confessed her sin to God and to this brother. They prayed together for healing and Corrie, as always, said yes to the Lord and yes to Germany. Within a few days she was back on her feet and heading to the one place in the world to which she had never wanted to return.

Not anything that dramatic […] Continue Reading…

The Glory and the Grind

Posted by admin in August 3rd, 2019 | 4 comments 
Published in faith, Uncategorized

There’s an old adage, “War is long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror.” I think about this saying whenever I’m reading or studying the life of Abraham. Abraham, an ordinary guy going about his ordinary life doing ordinary things when all of the sudden BOOM! God interrupts and Abraham’s course, his life, even his name is changed. We read about Abraham from his call in Genesis 11, at age 75, until his death at age 175, in Genesis 25. In those 100 years of walking with God, the Bible states that God spoke to Abraham only seven times—-seven times in 100 years. Abraham’s life can be described much like the old adage on war: long periods of grind punctuated by shocking moments of glory.

This year I turned 60 and 60 is a call for reflection. I have walked with God since my 21st birthday in 1980. That was the year I was filled with the Spirit and set on fire for God. That was the year I dedicated my life to missions and made a covenant with God to follow Him with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. It’s been nearly 40 years […] Continue Reading…

The Tilt of Freedom Toward Evil

Posted by admin in January 7th, 2019 | no comment 
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Solzhenitsyn. The name conjures up a few images, like folks who know they should eat their vegetables, “But it’s just so hard to find the time.” Or, “I love him, though I’ve never actually read him.” Most pseudo-intellectuals like myself LOVE the idea of Solzhenitsyn, but just haven’t take the time and hard work of actually digesting him.

As Americans we want to be intellectually astute and many claim to have read Solzy, but in truth, we’ve only read bits and pieces and stuff others have written about him. Hand raised, I’m the guiltiest among us.

Recently, Daryl (who actually read The Gulag Archipelago on vacation a few years back) shared with me a book review written by Polish scholar Ryszard Legutko. Legutko is brilliant. He speaks five languages, authored half a dozen books, is a professor of philosophy, and a member of Poland’s parliament. His English-language writing style is glorious. Basically, he’s a rock star. In January’s issue of First Things Legutko writes a book review on Solzhenitsyn’s Between Two Millstones, Book 1: Sketches of Exile. The book ends with Solzhenitsyn’s 1978 Harvard commencement speech. Legutko calls him “The Russian Jeremiah.” And quite frankly, he’s right.

In […] Continue Reading…

I Shall Not Be Moved

Posted by admin in October 24th, 2018 | 6 comments 
Published in faith, Worship, Worship

This week our dysfunctional HOA board had four beautiful, healthy, 20-year-old Linden trees cut down. Their root systems were not a disturbance; they were not interfering with power lines. Without notifying the residents or even putting it up to a vote, the board made the decision to cut these amazing trees down. As it was happening, I was trying to contact the board, and no one would respond. So, I posted my protest on a popular social website “Nextdoor” and one of the members responded, “The leaves were getting in the pool.” (Which has been closed since Sept. 1). There is so much untrue about his statement and I don’t want to explain it all here, but this is what I have discovered in life: If something doesn’t make sense, or doesn’t add up, usually corruption is involved. Our HOA has cut most of our services and even stopped watering the common areas in order to “save money” and yet each of these healthy trees cost about $600 to remove. Four beautiful, joy-giving trees. I have never awakened in my house and not seen those trees. They have always been there to greet me each morning when I open […] Continue Reading…

Cliff’s Notes: Practical Tips on Teaching

Posted by admin in September 12th, 2018 | 5 comments 
Published in Uncategorized

The small wiry Chinese university president pulled me to the side and whispered, “Hou Chi, Dr. Cliff look really, really stupid, but in fact, he really, really smart. When he open mouth much wisdom come out. Surprising.”

Don’t worry, I told Cliff about the conversation and he cracked up laughing. The fact of the matter is, Cliff knew he was the Columbo (Peter Falk’s TV detective) of education. He always caught people off guard. He always stunned them with pure genius from a much unexpected source. I sat anonymously among crowds that snickered as he approached the pulpit or lectern and watched those same crowds come to their feet cheering and applauding when he had finished. I have seen hardened teenagers with folded arms and chins stuck out melt under the anointing as he spoke; I’ve seen them wipe tears from their eyes and bow their knees. He moved people with his authenticity and his powerhouse knowledge. He was awesome.

Dr. Cliff Schimmels was a professor of education at Wheaton College for over 17 years. He was also a football coach there. He wrote over 30 books, won the Mark Twain International Award for fiction three times, spoke often […] Continue Reading…

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