BREAKING BAD (part of our series, Through The Eyes Of A Stoner, by James Munroe)
“You're just drug fucked.”
It was an off handed statement directed at me by a drunk friend at a recent party I went to. It took me by surprise, but I was able to keep my composure enough to not punch him in the face.
The flippant remark had me thinking over the next few days. I've known this guy for some time now, and I've always known him to be on ADHD meds. He ingests toxic chemicals daily, but I'm drug fucked?
Most people are familiar with Adderall. It's ability to treat ADHD is renown with soccer moms across the country and most people wouldn't think twice about feeding it to their rambunctious kids without a moment's hesitation. And why not? It's been approved for use in children 3 years of age and higher by the FDA.
But what exactly is Adderall?
Essentially, Adderall, in the simplest of terms, is a stimulant designed to help children focus by aiding their bodies ability to produce dopamine.
The popular medication is consisted of four amphetamine salts- Dextroamphetamine Saccharate, Amphetamine Aspartate, Dextroamphetamine Sulfate, and Amphetamine Sulfate and is marketed mainly towards children in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, (ADHD.)
Being that you just read the word amphetamine four times, it might be of no surprise for you to learn that Adderall is a schedule II drug. It sits comparable to drugs such as cocaine and crystal meth.
While Adderall is a household name worldwide, what many people don't know about it is that it's also potentially carcinogenic. Many food dyes used in ADHD medications have been linked to aggression in children and other serious illnesses such as asthma. The food coloring used in Adderall, Blue 2, has been linked to brain cancer and has been banned in Norway, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Germany and Great Britain.
The United States Government fully endorses Blue 2 with the FDA stamp of approval.
By definition, when something has FDA approval it means the agency has determined that the benefits of the product outweigh the risks for the intended use.
Essentially the Food and Drug Administration has deemed that if your three year old child dies because of Adderall, this is an acceptable loss. And it's happened. While concrete numbers are shrouded with ambiguity, Ritalin and Adderall have taken at least 150 innocent children's lives.
How about irritability and diarrhea? Nope, turning your child into a shitty asshole is not on the government's list of things to concern themselves with either. Neither is the possibility of heart attack, stroke or hair loss. These are all just an unfortunate by-product of forging elite medicine, right?
That's what the FDA expects you to believe.
Fucked up, huh?
What a gross display of judicial quackery and obscene negligence by the FDA.
The very institutions designed to protect you are allowing legal meth to be doled out by professional looking men in white coats, while it's most favorable replacement has been locked out of the gates like a leper. The absence of outrage on this matter by the US public reflects it's apathetic acceptance.
The public's inaction condones the government's failure to permit the use of a perfectly safe drug, cannabis, to replace a carcinogenic narcotic and this failure is putting the future generations of American children at risk.
We need to get angry about this. It is not OK.
In direct opposition to Adderall, cannabis presents a prime substitute for dangerous amphetamine based stimulants, according to many healthcare professionals.
Dr. Bearman, a figurehead in cannabis research, has reported tremendous success treating his ADHD patients with medicinal cannabis. “Almost universally, ADHD patients who therapeutically used cannabis reported it helped them pay attention in lecture, focus their attention instead of thinking of several ideas almost at the same time, and helped them to stay on task and do their homework,” he explains.
Cannabis used in the treatment for ADHD works in a similar way to most of the prescribed remedies for the controversial diagnosis, aiding the body's natural ability to produce dopamine. The problem we're confronted with however, is that specific figures and lengthy statistics concerning cannabis as an ADHD treatment are hard to come by because of the DEA’s pig headed ruling on the medical uselessness of marijuana. The FDA contribute no favors to the issue by continuing to purport that there is no indication that the use of cannabis as a medicine has benefits that atone for its risks.
But just like Dr. Bearman, people around the globe are discovering the healing effects of cannabis. Cultivators worldwide are developing strains like Sour Diesel and Cinex that are reported to be both effective and safe as a treatment for adults coping with ADHD and the availability of cannabis oil enables children, or adults who are smoke sensitive, to make use of the plant's healing properties.
Claudia Jensen, a pediatrician from California, praises the medical properties of marijuana by stating that, “They… (the patients)... don’t have to get stoned – it’s dose-related. But they do get the benefit of being able to focus, pay attention, not be impulsive, not be angry, be peaceful and relaxed and pay attention in school, which helps them get better grades.”
Reports are coming in from patients all over the country of how cannabis has efficiently treated their ADHD and researchers are continually impressed with the potential that cannabis is demonstrating. And why should that come as a surprise? Cannabis is a completely natural, non-lethal remedy with zero chance for addiction. These two characteristics alone should give it precedence over the legal synthetic aids.
It's the propagated ignorance in referring to a pothead as “drug fucked” that Anslinger was hoping for when the war on marijuana was in the early stages of white powered racism. Misinformed devotion driven by uncertain fear is being taken advantage of by the government and people are trusting establishments like the DEA and the FDA to make informed decisions on the best medicines available to the population.
Considering the implications of the above facts, do you feel like the government is offering you and your children the safest treatment available?
Potheads and advocates calling for the prohibition on marijuana to come to an end are not the ones who are drug fucked. Having a close look inside the medicine cabinets of millions of homes across the country at the ingredient list of the FDA approved remedies inside, you might receive an indication of who is though.
Scary, right? So how can this be changed?
We are the catalyst. Write your local seat holders, representatives and council members. Write to Congress. Become such a nuisance in the ear of politicians and lawmakers that we cannot be ignored.
The future of our children depends on it.
For now though, all we have is each other.... so spread the word!
Gotta run for now.
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