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‘Scromiting’ caused by a ‘safe’ drug?


Marijuana Credit: Alex B/Flickr/Creative Commons

Marijuana Credit: Alex B/Flickr/Creative Commons

With the Canadian government pushing ahead with a nation-wide legalization of marijuana in 2018, the main message behind the push world-wide that it’s a safe drug, is hitting home.

After surveying 43,703 young people, the US-based National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that nearly 25% of all teens in America have tried Marijuana.

NIDA has conducted a survey on teen drug habits annually since the 1970s and the survey revealed that marijuana usage is also trending upwards, even for those as young as 12. And what is happening in the US typically reflects what is taking place in Canada.

The study found that marijuana usage is noticeably higher in states that have legalized recreational marijuana usage, where the safe-drug message is the most pronounced.

There is some good news, the survey found that the usage of other drugs has either fallen or remained the same with one exception, along with Cannabis teens are also using more LSD, a hallucinogenic drug.

Meanwhile doctors are reporting a significant increase in people arriving at hospital emergency rooms suffering from a condition called ‘scromiting.’ Officially called Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome, the condition caused by heavy Cannabis usage results in vomiting and intense screaming fits among its sufferers. People who come in with the condition are often in delusional states.

Medical researchers are not sure exactly what is happening, but believe Marijuana’s active ingredients are impacting the person’s hypothalamus, a vital part of the brain that controls the automatic nervous system.

In an article in the Daily Mail, Dr Aimee Moulin, who works at a hospital in Sacramento, California, stated there has been a noticeable increase in the problem since the state legalized marijuana in November 2016.

In Canada, the Alberta College of Family Physicians has distributed pamphlets warning the province’s 32,000 doctors about the negative side effects of medical marijuana that includes paranoia, hallucinations and low blood pressure.

It was in response to patients increasingly pressuring doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes.

In an article in the National Post, University of Alberta professor Dr. Mike Allan described medical marijuana as a ‘high-risk’ product with limited health benefits and recommended doctors try other alternatives first.

But society today is being driven by other voices — a climate of political correctness is shouting down facts in favor of feelings and perceptions.

But two centuries ago, the Apostle Paul warned what we are witnessing today may be one of the signs of the end times:

11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, (2 Thessalonians 2:11 NASV)

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