Posts Tagged ‘peer pressure’

  • Are certain strains of Skunk more narcotic than others?

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    I was 15 when I started smoking Cannabis. I always said to myself at school while learning about drugs and sexual protection that Cannabis would be the one if any drug that I would try. I don’t know why, our religious education teacher presented us at the ages of 14 with a menu for drugs available on the street and their various effects and why they were bad for us. Scanning through the list Magic Mushrooms also seemed an interesting choice.

    Skunk Senisble SeedsAt school and college we mainly smoked cheap maroc hash, or its favoured North European blend, the dreaded SOAP bar. But I made a few connections at college and found a source of Mexican bush weed that was a lot stronger (if you can believe it) and started to sell some to my friends.

    However much I smoked though, I never really enjoyed it that much and for me it was all about peer pressure and to be looking cool. Mainly I smoked cannabis for social reasons and to sometimes come down from other drugs I began to experiment with at the time, Amphetamine, LSD, Ecstasy and Cocaine.

    Skunk or hydro became available a year or two later. It blowed my socks off and everyone else’s too.. But it was expensive and we weren’t used to paying out so much to get stoned.

    It wasn’t until I was 20 and although I considered myself a seasoned smoker… I really had no idea what lay ahead of me. I became friendly with a hippy through music channels, and he saw me smoking a joint and asked me what it was. We got chatting and he promised to sort me out with something a lot better.

    About 6 weeks later we met again and he gave me this wet and colorful branch of skunk which neither looked nor smelt like anything I had ever seen. ‘It’s Citral… leave it out for a couple of days before you try rolling a joint with it’ he said. ‘By the way… don’t use so much tobacco in your joints (I was using about a whole regular cigarette at the time)… use more weed and half as much tobacco’. And so I did.

    I have never before or since been as high in my entire life.

    I don’t really know or remember how to quantify the effect, it was uplifting like amphetamine but without the side effects, energetic like coke but without the anxiety, hallucinogenic like acid but without the awful trip. Maybe it was a mild mix of all of these things? The experience was completely different to what I had been used to. This wasn’t a sleepy or stoned effect; I was high, euphoric and rushy to the point of a chemical narcotic. God it was lovely… I smoked and treasured that bud as if it was a divine elixir. And I have been chasing the same buzz ever since.

    9/11 soon happened and I found myself attached to the TV completely, breaking only to skin up or make a bowl.

    Ten years have passed and I am now 30.

    I find these days very little to no effect from smoking weed on its own. I need alcohol to improve the strength of the cannabis, let’s say 6-8 units. I occasionally come across a bud or strain which gives me a hint of the same happiness (Blueberry Cheese and some Nepalese Jungle Cream) but nothing is ever the same. Not unless I am drinking AND smoking.

    It is clear to me now that my tolerance will never recover, and although I can get high whenever I like, I may never reach the same contentmen

  • Smoking Cannabis leads on to harder drugs

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    It’s one of those clichés that you hear all the time, smoking cannabis is just the start and will lead on to harder drugs.

    The ‘gateway’ theory has been researched in some detail.  This is the idea that smoking at a young age increases the possibility of these people leading on to harder drugs as it opens up a gateway in the brain or body.

    Studies are of course hard as there are lots of ‘other factors’ to be considered such as social influences, which is why one study of Australian twins is interesting as it kept the ‘other factors’ almost the same, such as social, and influential.  This study took sets of twins, one of which smoked cannabis in their teens and the other that did not and actually concluded that a significantly higher number took harder drugs when they had smoked cannabis in their teens.

    Another similar experiment with teenage subjects showed that they were 15% more likely to take harder drugs if they had been smoking around the age of 15.

    A study on rodents shockingly found that when exposed to THC regularly, these teenage rats who were then allowed to self administer heroin took larger quantities after the THC than those who didn’t.  This would then back up the gateway theory as there are no social or peer pressure influences in this situation.

    Also studies on heroin users have shown that large numbers started with smoking cannabis as teens.

    These studies are done on the actual affects of the drug on the body and mind, but there is also the issue of the social affect and the argument that once teenagers start to smoke cannabis, they are then associating with people who take drugs and the peer pressure that comes with that.  Therefore, again they are more likely to carry on with that lifestyle and the natural progression is to try and get ‘higher’ and to move on to harder drugs.

     One person says that they started smoking cannabis at school at the age of twelve ‘It was just to look cool and get in with the boys in the popular group, before I knew it we were bunking off school to smoke and I was spending my pocket money and any money I could get hold of to get stoned.  I didn’t concentrate at school and ended up failing my exams as I was hardly there.  By the age of sixteen I was dealing to my mates to get my extra smoke and became involved with an older crowd and then started taking harder drugs.  I’m now twenty five and have been to prison three times because of drugs which just made me worse as I carried on taking harder drugs inside.  I wish I never started smoking as it ruined my life and no I have a record don’t have much hope of getting a job, so carry on dealing to get high.

    Smoking cannabis at an early age seems to be damaging, a lot of young people are getting hooked and then chasing that first buzz, whether it be because they have opened that ‘gateway’ or become involved with similar people or affected by peer pressure.  A large majority do not stop at just cannabis and lead to harder drugs which have a detrimental affect on them and their lives.

  • Cannabis in schools

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    After reading an article in the paper that they are actually handing out leaflets on smoking cannabis safely to children in schools up North, did I realise that there are large numbers of teenagers doing this.  The leaflet has caused some parents to be horrified, saying that it is encouraging their children to smoke and explaining how to do so.  However the authorities say that this leaflet is used carefully and only when these children are known smokers, so it is basically to keep them safe while they are doing so.

    Surely it can’t be a good thing that children are smoking to start with, let alone in school?

    Children in this country are smoking to get stoned, unlike in some other countries where it is part of culture and taken in different ways and used more medicinally, it seems that here it is a recreational drug, there is a lot of peer pressure to be in with everyone else and get as messed up as possible.  Adults tend to be more controlled and smoke cannabis to enhance their lives and reduce stress, whereas children don’t seem to be using it in this way.

    Reports seem to imply that smoking cannabis at this age seems to affect their performance at school negatively.  It slows them down, slows their concentration and causes them to bunk off to get stoned and many of them are not completing school, failing or just not taking their exams.

    Children can easily get hold of cannabis, usually through peers and family, and it is easily obtainable around the country.  Schools policy on drug possession and use is different everywhere and some do not impose particularly harsh penalties if children are caught with small amounts.  Children are not deterred by punishments that they might face, although they could easily get expelled for possession, this does not put them off.  They also do not seem to be fazed that the drug is illegal and there are numerous reports that they meet their suppliers at break times and smoke outside the school quite blatantly.

    Another newspaper has reported that a school caretaker was caught growing cannabis in the school he was working at.  This highlights the fact that people don’t seem to care so much about the environment they are in, and if things like this happen, they are not setting any example to these children.

    Education in schools about cannabis is varied.  There isn’t much education for younger children about prevention, it seems to be introduced when some children are actually smoking and can be very one sided, usually held by the police and giving children stories of how bad the drug can be and what the consequences are, or, like the story above, they are resulting to drastic measures like booklets of how to smoke cannabis, aimed at a large number of children that are already smoking and have gone past the ‘prevention’ education.

    Education in other countries seems to be a bit more extensive.  In countries like Australia and America they seem to recognise that there is more of a problem than we do here and have a drugs prevention programme that is used widely in schools.

    With the rise in legal highs, the number of children smoking and experimenting with cannabis and legal alternatives can only increase.  Surely it is down to good education in schools at an earlier age to increase awareness and help children to make more informed choices when smoking cannabis?