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Old June 17th, 2015, 02:16 PM   #1
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Advice for baby boomers who gave up cannabis long ago....

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Advice for Baby Boomers Who Gave Up Cannabis Long Ago But Want to Give It Another Chance

Dear Baby Boomers,

Iím 60 years old and live in Washington state, where cannabis is legal. When I get together socially with my fellow baby boomers, hardly anyone smokes cannabis. Hereís the typical story you hear at these get-togethers:

ďI used to smoke pot when I was young. Then I got a real job, got married, had kids. Iíd try it every once in a while, but it would make me paranoid. It wasnít fun any more, so I just stopped.Ē


Itís worth noting that the person telling such a story usually has a glass of wine in his hand, a telling reminder that he gave up cannabis but has chosen not to abstain from alcohol. These boomers still enjoy altering their consciousness, but despite the increase of successful legalization efforts, they're staying away from cannabis. Why?

Here are the three reasons I hear most often:
  • Itís too strong. A lot of todayís cannabis can have THC levels over 20%, so to a baby boomer that means one hit and youíre baked. Lots of people my age donít like changing the channel so quickly and so markedly, so to speak.
  • Itís a hassle to consume. Boomers aren't so keen on cannabis stinking up the house nowadays, plus they think the smoke makes your eyes red and your mouth dry.
  • It can make you lazy, uncommunicative, and paranoid. Boomers often equate cannabis to something you try when you're young, but as soon as you're older and saddled with responsibilities, it feels like something you have to grow out of.

Still, if weíre comparing ways to feed your head, marijuana has some real advantages over alcohol. For example:
  • Itís not poison (like alcohol), which means no risk of death or severely adverse health effects from over-consumption;
  • It tends to make things like music and art really interesting;
  • It can alleviate symptoms of some illnesses or medical conditions.

Of course, none of those advantages overcome their objections (potency; hassle; laziness). But there are ways to address these concerns -- for boomers who want to give cannabis another chance, here are some recommendations:
Read more: https://www.leafly.com/news/lifestyl...go-but-want-to
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A glass of wine enjoyed is not "altering their consciousness".

A study posted a while back on DTT showed that the safest drivers are those with a low, <0.05, alcohol level. Better than 0.0 alcohol levels, which were the next safest drivers.

Third Death in Colorado Linked to Marijuana Edibles | Food Safety News



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Old June 17th, 2015, 04:13 PM   #3
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A glass of wine enjoyed is not "altering their consciousness".

A study posted a while back on DTT showed that the safest drivers are those with a low, <0.05, alcohol level. Better than 0.0 alcohol levels, which were the next safest drivers.

Third Death in Colorado Linked to Marijuana Edibles | Food Safety News


Yeah, really they are. You just don't want to admit it.

The three clearly cannabis connected deaths are unfortunate but not directly attributable to the cannabis. If a product is used unsafely bad shit can happen. On the other hand, I wonder what the death rate is when considered in the light of the tons of edibles consumed in the same time frame.

And for fairness, how many alcohol connected deaths in the same time frame...how many deaths from the direct effect of the alcohol (alcohol poisoning) in the same time frame.

I'm not familiar with the study you cite but I'll be glad to look at it for you. It probably doesn't say what you say it says but what the Hell.
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Old June 17th, 2015, 04:21 PM   #4
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A glass of wine does no such thing. An alcohol level <0.5/no drug yielded the safest drivers, followed by no alcohol/no drug as the next safest drivers.

As for the marijuana apologia, it is the reason for the deaths above.

No one is arguing alcohol above a certain amount is safe to drive under, etc. But fools are arguing that marijuana is perfectly safe. As decriminalization (which I favor), or legalization, moves forward, more investigations will necessarily occur, and they will show people dying because they imbibed marijuana.


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There's something to those high THC levels I tell you.
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OK, I'm 63, and my girlfriend is 61.
And when we get high, it's fun.
We don't get high and try to drive, or play mumbly peg, we get high and get beautiful...
It enhances the already amazing experience, it's all good.
What I don't do now, is all the stupid stuff I used to do when I got high when I was 20.
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A glass of wine does no such thing. An alcohol level <0.5/no drug yielded the safest drivers, followed by no alcohol/no drug as the next safest drivers.

As for the marijuana apologia, it is the reason for the deaths above.

No one is arguing alcohol above a certain amount is safe to drive under, etc. But fools are arguing that marijuana is perfectly safe. As decriminalization (which I favor), or legalization, moves forward, more investigations will necessarily occur, and they will show people dying because they imbibed marijuana.

Find me a marijuana overdose. Find me a case where the chemical THC directly led to a person's death.
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Find me a marijuana overdose. Find me a case where the chemical THC directly led to a person's death.
I'm fairly certain that excalibur drinks, in moderation of course, therefore, alcohol is OK.

And for years, maybe his whole life, he has believed himself to be a better person than all those potheads.

That kind of high, the "I'm better than those people" high, is extremely addictive, which makes the "I'm better than those people" habit a terribly hard habit to break.
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There's something to those high THC levels I tell you.
Yes there is...that is why a gram will last me several days now. But, the effect is still the same. You just get there quicker.

There is sort of a "terminal velocity" for getting high. You reach a certain point and you just don't get any higher. Maybe that is my experience showing, maybe not.

Now, I have seen people pass out from eating a large quantities of infused food. Because edibles have no noticeable effect for 30 minutes to an hour it is entirely possible to over consume. I suppose that could be called an OD but it has never killed anyone that I know of.

So, remember, same high for less pot and a law of diminishing returns in effect for continued smoking effectively mitigate the increase in potency.
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Find me a marijuana overdose. Find me a case where the chemical THC directly led to a person's death.
We both know he can't do that. It isn't nice to taunt him.

Oh, Hell, go ahead...he deserves it...you know how those people are.
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