November 2014 Newsletter

Hi Everyone,

Drug use has been a popular topic in the press recently and I have fielded quite a number of emails and calls seeking my opinion on the effects of various drugs on the mental health of users.  I have written up 2 articles on related aspects of this whole debate as I personally see the damaging effects of Meth and Marijuana in some of my clients or their families.

Check out the 2 articles below as drugs are a part of everyday society and they directly or indirectly reach each one of us in some way. We examine both the social use and the potential medicinal use of Marijuana as part of these discussions.

The Mental and Lifestyle Damage Caused by Marijuana and Methamphetamines

by Richard Boyd, Body Mind Psychotherapist, Energetics Institute, Perth, West Australia

Copyright 2014

The press has been full of drug news lately. The Western Australian newspaper has run a two week series of related articles around the "Meth City" theme.  The article has touched on many aspects of Perth's drug sub-culture but the focus has primarily been around Methamphetamines and its related "Ice" cousin.

Another separate but related issue is that of Marijuana. Marijuana is also referred to as dope and cannabis in some articles. Its use is as widespread in society as Methamphetamines but it has its own issues and demographic of users that makes it worthy of separate discussion.

The Marijuana debate is an emotional one that spans multi-generational critics and users. Despite the entrenched views that each camp tends to remain stuck in, there has over the years emerged a body of knowledge which brings some objectivity to the debate.

One of the first aspects of the debate is the context of Marijuana potency in what gets consumed today versus what may have been indulged in by the baby boomers when they were teenagers and young adults in the 1960's and 1970's. It is not an apples versus apples debate as the newer strains of Marijuana are typically hydroponically grown with fertilizers and there are new cannabis plant strains which demonstrate some degree of genetic engineering to increase potency.

The net result if that the active drug component(THC) levels are far higher in Marijuana being consumed by today's teenagers and adults and has a stronger effect due to this reason alone.  The impact of the toxicity and potency of the chemicals within Marijuana that give it its "high" are a new combination that has a faster and deeper effect on users.

The effects of the various drug components found in the cannabis base have been shown to last longer in users and to affect those users in ways that previous types did not seem to so readily generate as an effect. Little early evidence exists but the anecdotal feedback globally is that the "stoned" effect is happening quicker, for longer, and is quickly addictive.

Click the following link to read the full article:  The Mental and Lifestyle Damage Caused by Marijuana and Methamphetamines

 

The Medical Benefits of Marijuana in Controlled Supply

by Richard Boyd, Body Mind Psychotherapist, Energetics Institute, Perth, West Australia

Copyright 2014

The Marijuana debate has always created a casualty and that is the role that Marijuana could and should have as a legitimate medicine or substance for application to medical or mental health issues in society. The casualty is that this debate has struggled to occur and for Marijuana to be elevated beyond its negative reputation as an addictive drug of a negative social impact.

This debate is an emotional one that spans multi-generational critics and users. There are other problematic substances or drugs such as opiates which have spanned the divide and are in legitimate use within medicine whilst also being social drugs of abuse and addiction.

Even Panadol and other legitimate painkillers represent a whole drug class of applicability to medicine and also which are high on the list of drugs of abuse and addiction within our community.

Despite this set of outcomes the entrenched views around the legitimate use of Marijuana in medicine has resulted in two polarised camps. Sadly each camp tends to remain stuck in their corners but there is an existing body of knowledge which brings some objectivity to the debate.

The debate came back into the spotlight again this week when it was announced that Washington was holding a referendum about legalising the use of Marijuana. The referendum would go beyond decriminalisation and give the drug full legal status, meaning it may one day be possible to legally set up a dope products shop.

Recreational cannabis is already on sale in Colorado and Washington State and momentum is growing for legal status in Alaska and Oregon. Medicinal marijuana is available in half the country and polls show that for the first time a majority of Americans, around 58pc, support full legalisation nationally.

Click the following link to read the full article:  The Medical Benefits of Marijuana in Controlled Supply

Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries or wish to make a booking for private therapy or a group event.

Enjoy your month!

Richard Boyd

Director, Energetics Institute

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