Isn't the self-styled Philosopher doing what we call "moving the goalposts" on us? He started out by being mightily exercised by the teeming masses of children
getting tortured by their brain-fried parents ("Oh, please! Won't somebody think of the CHILDREN?!?"
) --presumably wanting some big-guvment intrusion into (no doubt, certain
easily-identifiable) homes to prevent this abuse-- and after failing to develop a consensus that this is a large-scale problem, has moved on to general, straw-grasping pot bashing.
...The relationship between marijuana and psychotic illness, specifically schizophrenia, has been studied for many years and is receiving increasing publicity in the mainstream media.
Yeah? How, and as of when?
Certainly not all people who smoke marijuana will develop schizophrenia...
Mighty white of ya to admit it, but ain't you going way out on a limb with such a radically-non-judgemental quote as that?
... approximately one-third of people in America with schizophrenia regularly abuse marijuana.
What percentage without
schizophrenia abuse the weed?
Another thing: the use of the term "abuse" logically suggests that "NAMI" considers there to be a "proper use" for marijuana, short of "abuse." Did the quoted study define and distinguish "abuse" from officially-approved "use?"
[Quoted source was] NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness: Marijuana and Mental Illness
Were the principal authors Nixon, R. and Webb, J.?
...the information you suggest about marijuana and schizophrenia is ill-informed. Marijuana is not causal to the condition.
Methodologically well-informed as usual, onan.
Most people sputtering about "research" either don't understand and/or can't admit the difference between "correlation" and "causation." And when they do impute causation, they very often don't even bother with the issue of "logical time-ordering" --that is, whether or not THING A that they argue "causes" THING B actually even precedes
THING B. (I'm not arguing that that is a major problem with Philosopher's flailings here; just a general bitch about most people's agendized abuse of "research findings.")
Lest anyone think that I'm
"agendized" and a "stoner" myself-- I'm with this person:
I actually tried it back in my early 40`s and the experience was not a pleasant one at all... I was nearly overwhelmed by the intense buzz. My heart was palpitating, my respiration was all wacky...and I was in full- blown panic mode! ...NEVER AGAIN.
Me too-- same harsh symptoms, and that didn't even take until my 40s. The stuff has never worked for me; it's either done exactly nothing, or did what FTF described. Too unpredictable. I swore off it by 27. These days, give me liquor any time. (Literally: give me liquor anytime!)
So I have no dog in the pot patch. I just react badly to shit-stirring polemics masquerading as "open questions."