Should Psychedelics Be Legalized And Are They Medicine?

Posted on September 12, 2022 View all news

The legalization process does not stop with marijuana. The pro-drug agenda is taking the next step to legalizing all drugs by asking Colorado voters to create another for-profit drug industry by increasing access to psychedelic drugs by creating state “Healing Centers” or places where the public can readily purchase them. This will add more confusion and complexity to the growing addiction, mental and physical illnesses, and the regulatory nightmare that has resulted from states legalizing cannabis for profit.

Clever marketing has made it difficult for people to find accurate education and to understand the impacts of marijuana and legalization, and those who support marijuana decriminalization are usually blindsided when full commercialization seems to follow. The push to legalize psychedelic drugs is following the same playbook used to legalize cannabis:  create empathy for those suffering legal consequences of use, call it medicine and exploit possible medical applications, normalize use, deny risks, and finally legalize widespread use and heavily commercialize sales.

Oregon has already started this process for drugs classified as psychedelics but should undereducated voters who don’t know the risks really be deciding what is and isn’t medicine? 

Please click below to read our exclusive balanced discussion on psychedelics.

  

Should Psychedelics Be Legalized And Are They Medicine?

The most relevant risks, in my opinion, involve the psychological effects…which can be unpredictable and sometimes lead to intense emotional reactions including anxiety, paranoia, disorientation, and the risk of unusual beliefs and erratic behaviors while under the influence.”

~ Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu, PhD,  Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Right now, psychedelic drugs are a hot news topic. 

  • Aaron Rodgers, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, claims that  drinking ayahuasca helped him have the “best season” of his career.
  • Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson admits that smoking toad venom changed his life.
  • Television personality Sharon Osborn says that taking ketamine allowed her to overcome her depression.
  • Actor Seth Rogan recalls doing mushrooms at age 13 “had pretty deep effects”.
  • Most recently, a small study suggests that psilocybin therapy may help curb excessive drinking. 

Is all of this as good as it sounds, or are psychedelics just a little bit too good to be true? After all, we’ve been promised “miracle drugs” before – remember what Big Pharma used to say about opioid painkillers?

To help separate scientific fact from fiction and data from anecdotes, let us take a closer look at what psychedelics are, how they work, and both the proven risks and supposed benefits.

What Are Psychedelic Drugs?

You don’t want to melt your brain with no direction or form for it to solidify back to.”

~ Dr. Alex Dimitriu, MD

Psychedelic drugs are a subclass of hallucinogens that alter the user’s consciousness and cause visual, psychological, and auditory changes to their perception. They can even trigger a loss of reality, also known as a “trip”. The most common experiences reported by users include:

  • Altered senses
  • Hallucinations, especially visual (which is a symptom of psychosis and often frightening)
  • Warped perception of time
  • Bliss or euphoria
  • Feelings of a mystical experience

Examples of Psychedelic Drugs

Currently, there are several substances being touted as the “next big thing” by supporters of expanded psychedelic legislation. 

Ayahuasca 

Traditionally used in shamanistic rituals for at least 1000 years, ayahuasca is a tea brewed from certain plants native to South America. The active ingredient is dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, which is known for its rapid onset of intense effects.

Supposed Potential Benefits

A 2016 article published in Frontiers of Pharmacology theorized that DMT may play a role in boosting immunity, neuroprotection, and neuroregeneration. Moreover, the authors suggest that DMT has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help prevent “diseases of civilization”, such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

Finally, a 2021 article in Neuropharmacology concluded that “DMT may be considered as adjuvant therapy in acute cerebral ischemia management”, i.e., strokes.

At the current time, however, DMT has no approved medicinal use in the United States and can have serious adverse effects. 

Adverse Effects and Risks

There are several adverse side-effects associated with ayahuasca use. These effects appear to be dose-related effects, meaning their severity increases with the amount consumed.

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Chest pain
  • Cardiac stress
  • Worsening of chronic pain

Fatalities due to acute intoxication after ingesting ayahuasca have also been reported. 

Legality

DMT is an illegal controlled substance, the plants containing it are not. In the United States, the use of ayahuasca during ceremonies is permitted under the Religious Freedoms Restoration Act.   

Ibogaine

We just don’t see the merit of ibogaine, because I don’t think anyone wants to take medicine and have the risk of having a heart attack.”

~ J.R. Rand, Founder of Mind Medicine

Made from the bark of the iboga tree native to Central Africa, ibogaine has been used for rituals and folk medicines by Pygmy and Bwiti tribes. Use triggers a dreamlike state that can last for several hours.  

Supposed Potential Benefits

The most-mentioned supposed benefit of ibogaine is its potential to help treat Substance Use Disorder, especially addiction to opioids such as heroin, prescription painkillers, and fentanyl. It is theorized that ibogaine helps reverse the changes to the brain that support drug-seeking behaviors, as well as encouraging an introspective mindset that allows the user to reexamine the roots of their addiction.

Because of its adverse effects and the need for more research, ibogaine has no approved medicinal or therapeutic use in the United States.

Adverse Effects and Risks

Ibogaine has a number of serious adverse side effects, including:

  • Ataxia – A loss of muscular coordination, resulting in difficulties in standing, walking, speaking, and voluntary eye movement.
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Abnormally long heartbeat interval
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
  • Cardiac arrest

The risk of serious side effects and even death is highest among people with pre-existing cardiovascular disease.

Legality

In most of the world, ibogaine is either a controlled substance or completely illegal. 

Ketamine

The last thing we would want to do as a field would be to promote the use of a substance to treat depression that turns out to have tremendous abuse liability, and that would end up creating a cadre of depressed patients who are now, in addition to that, substance abusers.”

~ Dr. Charles Nemeroff, PhD, Psychiatry Department Chair, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin

When used medically, ketamine is an FDA-approved aenesthetic. It is considered safer than opioids and ether because unlike those drugs, it does not suppress breathing or heart rate.

Supposed Potential Benefits

Esketamine, a specific form of the drug, is used as a therapy for treatment-resistant depression or suicidal ideation. Sold primarily under the brand name Spravato, it is a tightly-controlled medicine that is only administered “under the supervision of a health care provider in a certified doctor’s office or clinic”, per the FDA.

However, esketamine and ketamine are not the same drug, and in February 2022, the FDA issued a warning against self-treating at home, saying “Ketamine is not FDA-approved for the treatment of any psychiatric disorder.”

Adverse Effects and Risks

Ketamine is also a popular club drug of abuse. When taken recreationally, “Special K” triggers a dissociative state and hallucinations that some people find pleasurable. Because the effects are of short duration, abusers often binge to prolong the “high”.

A tolerance to ketamine quickly develops, meaning the abuser has to take increasingly higher doses to achieve the same results.  This worsens the adverse health effects and triggers withdrawal symptoms when the person tries to quit.

  • Dizziness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Blurred vision
  • Hypertension
  • Changes in body temperature
  • Psychosis
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney problems
  • Bladder complaints

Bladder disorders are especially prevalent, occurring in up to 30% of people who frequently use ketamine. Because ketamine damage can lead to the loss of up to 90% of the bladder’s capacity to hold urine, a 2013 article in Urological Science called ketamine a “murderer of young bladders”.

In some cases, the damage may be irreversible, and removal of the bladder may be the only option. Further, removal of the bladder can cause sexual dysfunction in both men and women.

Legality

Ketamine is classified as a controlled substance in the United States.

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (aka “LSD” or “Acid”)

I don’t believe it has any benefit. I think it is more of a fad than anything else.”

~ Dr. David E. Nichols, PhD, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina 

LSD is a fast-acting, long-lasting psychedelic drug. The effects are felt within 30 minutes and can last up to 20 hours. Originally synthesized in 1938, acid enjoyed enormous popularity in the 1960’s, becoming synonymous with the counterculture movement.

Currently, there is a resurgence in the use of LSD, increasing by 223% for adults ages 35 – 49 between 2015 and 2018. 

Supposed Potential Benefits

A 2012 meta-analysis found that a single dose of acid helps reduce alcohol consumption among excessive drinkers. Some claim that LSD can also be taken to combat depression.

However, a study just published in the February 2022 edition of Addiction  Biology did not show any therapeutic benefit of microdosing LSD. Dr. Harriet de Wit, PhD, the lead author of the study, said, “The results were a little bit disappointing in that we didn’t see any dramatic improvements in mood or cognition, or really any lasting changes on any of the measures that we looked at.”

LSD currently has no approved medical uses.

Adverse Effects and Risks

There are a number of adverse side effects associated with LSD use, including:

  • Increased body temperature
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hypertension
  • Nausea
  • High blood sugar
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dilated pupils

The most serious risk of LSD use is long-term psychological problems.

For example, people who have schizophrenia may experience worsened symptoms or psychotic episodes when they use LSD.

There is also the issue of flashbacks, where the individual can still experience hallucinations and other effects for weeks and months after the drug has worn off. These can be so severe as to impair the person’s daily life and ability to function.

Some degree of hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD) affects up to 1 in 20 LSD users.

And while LSD is not considered addictive, users do develop a tolerance, and taking higher doses significantly increases the risk of adverse reactions.

Legality

Under the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances, LSD is illegal in all signing countries, including the United States.

3, 4-Methylenedioxy Methamphetamine (aka “MDMA”, “Ecstasy”, or “Molly”)

The data are clear that it’s moved out of the club scene. We are now seeing the drugs used by everybody. Parents can’t just say, “My kid doesn’t go to clubs, so I don’t need to worry about it.””

~ Dr. Alan Leshner, PhD, former Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Ecstasy is the most popular “party drug” in America, so-called because they are frequently used within the subculture of people who go to nightclubs, raves, and music festivals.

Because of its profound effect on the central nervous system, MDMA is classified as a stimulant, but it also has psychedelic properties – hallucinations, altered perceptions, and a distorted sense of time.

Supposed Potential Benefits

In 2017, the FDA granted approval for limited research on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Currently, the drug is in Phase 3 clinical trials.

However, a recent Swiss study conversely found that using MDMA did not lead to any significant reduction in PTSD symptoms.

Farris Tuma, who heads traumatic stress research at the National Institutes of Health, is skeptical, saying there is currently no explanations or plausible theories that explain why the drug’s effects on the brain might somehow improve therapy.

They’re a long way between where they are now and this becoming a standard clinical practice,” he says.

Adverse Effects and Risks

“…MDMA is a potent and selective serotonin neurotoxin in animals…Hence, there is growing concern that MDMA may also produce neurotoxic effects in humans.”

~ Professor George Ricaurte

Despite the public perception that MDMA is a “safe” alternative to other drugs like cocaine or methamphetamine it is still an illicit drug that can trigger a host of unpleasant—and even potentially dangerous—side effects. This can happen even after the first use.

  • Dilated pupils
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle or joint stiffness
  • Involuntary teeth clenching, to the point of lockjaw
  • Increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure
  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sodium imbalance
  • Dehydration
  • Inability to focus
  • Anxiety, to the point of panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Inability to sit still
  • Restless legs
  • Poor impulse control
  • Brain lesions
  • Impaired memor
  • Shortened attention span
  • Decreased motivation and pleasure from everyday life
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Reduced pleasure from sex
  • Higher risk of sexually-transmitted diseases
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

The greatest physical dangers come from increased body temperature and dehydration.  Fatalities have been reported, as well as severe organ damage, especially to the heart, brain, and kidneys.

Legality

As of this writing, MDMA is classified as a Schedule I substance and is illegal in the United States.

NBOMe

…one of the real concerns about the NBOMe series is it acts at a very low dose, in micrograms instead of milligrams. That means if you aren’t aware of the dosage of what you’re taking, then you may end up not just overdosing, but you could end up with 10, 20, 50 times the dose…”

~ Dr. Monica Barratt, Drug Policy Modeling Program, University of South New Wales

Often taken as as an alternative to MDMA or LSD, “N-Bomb” is a completely synthetic psyhedelic first developed in the early 2000s. It is extremely potent, and the effects can last over 12 hours

Supposed Potential Benefits

NBOMe has no therapeutic value. In fact, it is called a dangerous drug that can terrify users for “hours on end”. Even proponents of psychedelic use are warning people to stay away.

Adverse Effects and Risks

This is relevant, because some people who take Ecstasy or acid for their supposed benefits might be tempted to use NBOMe as an alternative, and that substitution can have serious consequences:

  • Loss of reality
  • Agitation
  • Seizures
  • Hypothermia
  • Blood clots
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Organ failure
  • Death
Legality

NBOMe is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance and is illegal in the United States.

Peyote

I’ve tried it a long time ago, with hashish and peyote. Fascinating, yes, but no good, no. This, as we find in alcohol, is an escape from awareness, a cheat, a momentary substitution, and in the end, as destruction of it.”

~ Conrad Aiken, Pulitzer Prize winner

The peyote plant is a spineless cactus native to Mexico and Southwest Texas. Indigineous North Americans have used it for nearly 6,000 years as a medicine and as part of religious ceremonies. Its active ingredient, mescaline, is the oldest known psychedelic.

Dried peyote slices, or “buttons” are consumed, and the strong hallucinations can last up to 12 hours.  

Supposed Potential Benefits

Because Substance Use Disorder has historically been believed to be linked to serotonin deficiencies, some researchers theorize that mescaline might help treat alcoholism and drug addiction and perhaps even depression.

But that theory may need to be revised, because a brand-new study just published in July 2022 found no link between serotonin imbalance and depression. 

As of this writing, no clinical trials involving mescaline therapy have been conducted and the FDA has not granted approval of mescaline as a treatment for any physical or medical condition.

Adverse Effects and Risks

WebMD advises that Peyote is unsafe, with such health consequences as:

  • Headache
  • Changes in vision
  • Dizziness
  • Uncontrollable drooling
  • Increased respiration
  • High blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nausea and vomiting – to the point of esophageal bleeding

Individuals with preexisting mental health or substance abuse problems are at greatest risk of psychological issues like fear, paranoia, or emotional instability. The disturbance can be so bad as to trigger psychotic, suicidal, or homicidal behavior.

And while peyote is not associated with physical addiction, some users may suffer severe psychological dependence.

Legality

Peyote is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance and is illegal in the United States. However, due to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, non-drug use is permitted during bonafide religious ceremonies of the Native American Church.

Psilocybin (aka “Magic Mushrooms”)

Combined use with alcohol and use within risky or unfamiliar settings increase the risks of harm, most commonly accidental injury, panic, short-lived confusion, disorientation, and fears of losing one’s mind.”

~ Dr. Adam Winstock, MD, Founder of the Global Drug Survey

Found in over 200 species of fungi, psilocybin has been used in spiritual rituals since before recorded history. Once ingested, psilocybin’s effects are felt quickly, but their duration is relatively short, lasting between two and six hours.

Supposed Potential Benefits

According to the first controlled clinical trial of its kind, just published in August 2022, psilocybin helps people with Alcohol Use Disorder drastically reduce their problematic drinking.

And in 2016, two separate studies found that a single dose of psilocybin boosted the morale of cancer patients by easing their anxiety and depression.

In June 2022, the FDA granted approval for Phase 2 clinical trials to determine if synthetic psilocybin is a safe and effective treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

As promising as all this sounds, there are limitations to that research – the trials and studies were extremely small. For example, the clinical trial was the largest of its kind, but it only involved 93 people, and just 80 cancer patients received psilocybin for their emotional pain.

Another major problem is that researchers do not yet understand the precise mechanisms by which psilocybin affects the brain. As Dr. Chris Stauffer, who leads psilocybin clinical research through Veterans Administration Portland Health Care, says, “Ultimately, we don’t really know yet how this treatment works.” 

Adverse Effects and Risks

Psilocybin mushrooms have a very low potential for dependence or overdose. But that does NOT mean that magic mushrooms are inherently safe – far from it. There are still serious risks to the individual. The mushrooms contain psilocybin, a powerful psychedelic. Possible effects include:

  • Panic attacks (1 in 4 users)
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Disconnection from reality
  • Mania
  • Depersonalization disorder – estrangement from self
  • Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD) – ongoing psychedelic visual disturbances
  • Flashbacks – randomly re-experiencing the drug’s effects
  • Psychosis

When psilocybin is used with alcohol, the negative effects are magnified. These “bad trips” can lead to self-injury, fatal accidents, or suicide.

In people who have or are vulnerable to schizophrenia, the use of magic mushrooms can trigger psychotic episodes so severe as to require hospitalization.

Legality

At the Federal level, psilocybin is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance and is illegal. However, several states have already updated their laws or may soon:

  • Oregon – In 2020, Oregon became the first state to legalize psilocybin for mental health purposes.
  • Colorado – In 2019, Denver became the first city in America to decriminalize the possession of psychedelic mushrooms for personal use. This November, state residents will vote on whether or not to legalize psilocybin through the Natural Medicine Health Act.
  • Washington – In 2021, Seattle decriminalized psilocybin. Now, lawmakers are working on a bill that would extend the measure statewide.
  • Connecticut – This year, legislation was approved funding a pilot program offering psilocybin-assisted therapy to qualified patients.
  • California – A proposed bill to legalize psilocybin for mental health purposes failed to get the required signatures and will not be on the ballot this November.

Salvia Divinorum

“Most people don’t find this class of drugs very pleasurable. So perhaps the main draw or reason for its appeal relates to the rapid onset and short duration of its effects, which are incredibly unique. The kinetics are often as important as the abused drug itself.”

~ Dr. Jacob Hooker, PhD, molecular imaging expert

Native to the Sierra Mazateca mountain region in Oaxaca, Mexico, salvia can be smoked, chewed, or brewed in a tea to trigger an altered state of consciousness. It has traditionally been used by native shamans in religious rituals.

In modern culture, however, salvia is abused recreationally for the dreamlike trance it induces.

Supposed Potential Benefits

In folk medicine, salvia is used as a diuretic and to treat headaches, rheumatism, anemia, and diarrhea. 

Because salvia is an opioid agonist, there are some who believe that it can help treat stimulant dependence.

Finally, a 2016 study suggests that salvia may have promise as a treatment for Alzheimer’s, although the authors stress that more research is needed.

Currently, salvia is not an approved medication for any medical condition.

Adverse Effects and Risks

Used in its natural form in traditional shamanistic rituals, salvia has few serious side effects other than the hallucinations common to most psychedelic drugs.

Modern preparations are much more concentrated, and therefore far more potent. Bad trips on salvia have been described as “terrifying” and can cause the person to engage in self-harming behaviors.  

Legality

Although salvia is not classified as a Schedule I controlled substance at the Federal level, it is illegal in almost half of the states. Salvia is also listed as a drug of concern by the DEA.

Psychedelic use By the Numbers

Although many people have the misconception that psychedelic drugs were mainly used during the counterculture movement of the 1960s and 1970s, they are still widely used today. With the anecdotal misinformation spread on the web and the incautious push for expanded legalization, the abuse of psychedelic drugs may soon increase dramatically.

How big is the problem?

According to the Global Drug Survey (GDS), here are the percentages of people who have used the following psychedelics within the past year:

  • MDMA – 26.3%
  • LSD – 16.4%
  • Magic Mushrooms – 15.7% 
  • Ketamine – 13.7%

More importantly, the 2021 GDS reveals that psychedelic use is on the rise globally, with increases seen with every drug over the past 7 years.  

A Few Words about Microdosing

You will find a claim of everything, probably up to and including improving your golf swing…So far, no study has found really any evidence to pick up even a little signal of the benefits of microdosing.”

~ Dr. Matthew Johnson, PhD,  Director of  the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research

Microdosing is a term used by drug entrepreneurs to normalize and promote the practice of using very small amounts of psychedelics

The idea behind microdosing is borrowed from the “minimum effective dose” principle used by the pharmaceutical industry. This means taking the lowest possible dosage that still produces the desired posissible  benefits in hopes to not triggerany adverse side effects.

Psychodelic promponts claime a  “microdose” is roughly between one-tenth and one-half the “normal” dosage, depending upon the substance without defining was normal dosage is or knowing who may have a bad trip.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse states: Experiences are often unpredictable and may vary with the amount ingested and the user’s personality, mood, expectations, and surroundings. roponents of microdosing claim that psychedelic drugs  can alleviate a long list of conditions – from anxiety to bipolar disorder to migraines to menstrual cramps to poor athletic performance, among others.

But it is also important to note that tales of these benefits are also subjective and anecdotal. There is a decided lack of verified, large, peer-reviewed scientific research supporting these claims.

Dr. Johnson goes on to say, “The scientific basis is pretty shaky right now. Its benefits are plausible and very interesting, but the claims of ‘everything fits together and goes right and you’re in a good mood and in the flow’, well we all have those types of days regardless of any pharmacological intervention.”

Are Psychedelics Medicine?

The challenge is once you move from a stance of not arresting people to sanctioning the use of (psychedelics) for therapy, then the onus is on you to get it right. That’s the practice of medicine; you are using a drug. There is a responsibility there. Are they going to have all the safeguards that we and our colleagues use?”

~ Dr. Matthew Johnson

The best thing you can say about psychedelic drugs is that some of them might offer limited therapeutic value for some medical conditions some of the time for some people, especially when they are used as part of a larger medically-supervised treatment plan that includes counseling and other forms of treatment.

That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for legalization.

It simply cannot be stressed enough that unsupervised self-medicating with potent and very often illegal – psychedelic substances to treat mental illness is enormously risky.

This is particularly true since there are very few peer-reviewed scientific studies that support the use of psychedelics as medicine. Users can accidentally take an unknown and unregulated substance or take too much of a powerful psychedelic and cause themselves severe physical or psychological damage.

The Bottom Line About Psychedelic Drugs

There are a lot of companies getting into the drug business, either with psychedelic drugs or drugs like cannabidiol. And really, there’s not much empirical support to back up their claims. So I think we have a responsibility to investigate and validate the claims.”

~ Dr. Harriet de Wit, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of  Chicago 

Despite the individual anecdotes, the safest way to move forward is by the same trusted route taken whenever ANY new medication is developed. It is a lengthy, exacting, and necessary process, one with no shortcuts.

In the end, it just may be that effective new medications may eventually be developed from psychedelic drugs, but we cannot rush the approval process without a lot more research. Again, remember that misinformation created the opioid crisis.

In Colorado, where the Natural Medicine Health Act will soon be put to a vote, residents speak out against this policy in CPR News.  

Sharon Anable daughter who was killed by her boyfriend in 2017, claims he was experiencing a bad trip or psychotic break triggged by psilocybin mushrooms. Sharon states to CPR News“Under the influence of (the mushrooms), my daughter did not recognize the very dire situation and real danger she was in,” she said.

Connie Boyd said it best when she urged caution:

“My fear is that (Colorado is) going to legalize mushrooms, and ten years from now, there’s going to be a bunch of really sick people. And the State, ten years from now, is going to say: ‘Oh, gee, we’re sorry.’”

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  1. Regina, I am so proud if you. You are keeping lil Briabs memory alive by saving others. Love you, stay strong

  2. Thank you for sharing your Brian with all.
    I hope you find grief healing fir yourself through what you are doing to help others. Wishing you peace.

  3. I am not sure how to say what is in my heart after reading this.
    I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your precious son.
    I am scared for my son who was recently diagnosed.
    I am scared for all the moms out there who are or will deal with CHS.
    Please keep raising awareness.
    You are amazing and are making a difference.
    xo

  4. You are an example to all of us, Regina. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your son with us.

  5. I dont want medical marijuana to be legal anywhere but now more than ever, especially in my city (Pittsburgh, PA)

  6. As the mother of a forever 18 year old because of my child’s marijuana addiction (severe cannabis use disorder was the psychiatrist’s diagnosis), I absolutely believe in the facts and recommendations in this article. This is NOT the same pot I knew of.

  7. I used to think marijuana/cannabis was harmless. I started smoking it in the 1970’s.
    I was wrong. Using the “soft drug” in my 20’s reduced my ambition and created other negative consequences. When I became a parent of a teenager, I knew pot was not healthy but didn’t think it was very serious. My wife and I had a zero tolerance stance, however, I wish we had read the above article back then, to know how to proceed. Most of today’s high THC pot is a “hard drug.” My family’s very sad story is proof of that.

    Thank you, Dr Collier!

  8. Dear Sonia,
    Thank you for sharing your dear son’s story. What a heartwrenching journey for your whole family. What a beautiful son. Such a terrible loss.
    It must not have been easy describing what his last days were like but it’s important for others because most people don’t understand what psychosis is. Your descriptions vividly describe what its like. Hopefully your words can help others to recognize the signs.
    Bless you. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Thank you for sharing this story. I’m so sorry for the loss of your son. I went through my first episode of psychosis. It scared me so much. Your story will help others as they struggle with this. Thank you for sharing. God bless you!🙏

  10. I will pray for you, Sonia, and I hope you find comfort and peace in our Lord.

  11. Sonia I am so sorry for your loss. I know you have had other losses and I am truly sorry

  12. I am deeply sorry for your loss. such an unfortunate loss, Much more research and further investigation and this topic are extremely necessary with a claim that the cannabis itself was the cause of his death. Was he already suffering from some sort of mental disorder? even something as simple as depression? I have so many questions about this topic of “CIP”. Its causing a stir in the cannabis industry with these claims need to be backed up by some sort of research. They don’t give out warning fliers out when you buy a bottle of 99 bananas but now, because of storys like this the industry is forced to now hand out fliers. Just really makes me wonder about this world like are we really analyzing everything rationally. Cannabis is medicine for many people and for most they absolutely could not do without it and when used properly is extremely safe and actuaclly beneficial for the body; but just like prescription drugs and even alcohol are bad for you if abused. I hope we can all look forward and not be so close minded to facts rather then speculation. education is key. God bless.

  13. Dear Rita,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Brian. Thank you for speaking out about this. Too few understand there are any risks to these products. There should be warning labels–both on the products and on billboards. Everyone has a right to know.
    You are helping so many today. A heartfelt thank you to you.
    I send you light as you journey through your grief.

  14. Rita….
    Too many people… it never happened in the 70s from low dose marijuana. Now families are left with a lifetime of pain when today’s cannabis dosages approach 100 times the therapeutic recommendation of marinol
    There are no roadblocks, no guardrails.
    Lets work together on stopping this drug from continuing its march through our young people at the hands of a few evil people.. and make no mistake they are evil.
    I am so so sorry… we all grieve at the loss of every person.

  15. Dear Sonia, I’m sooo sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy💔 All 3 of my daughters went through CIP-each time was worse than the sister before…my last adult daughter is 28, she went through it with mania for 8 very long months..and just like all of the CIP individuals, was able to fool everyone, doctors, nurses, law enforcement etc. She is home, safe, and out of the psychosis state, we’re beyond Thankful to God for bringing her home to us..We have a road ahead of us, she’s very depressed and anxiety ridden due to the destruction she caused over that time period, she also wishes she wasn’t here😭 My Prayer is that one day soon she will realize just how fortunate she is to have made it out alive🙏🏻🙏🏻 My heart hurts for you and all the other parents whose babies can’t come home anymore and my continued Prayers for all is that God Took Your Babies home with him where they’re now safe and away from the enemy🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Thank You for sharing your beautiful boys story and May God Be With You and Yours Always🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

  16. Thank you for sharing your story. All the hype before the legalization of marijuana at the states level that marijuana is safe as being “plant-based” and now every dispensary has billboard signs everywhere has done irreparable damage, especially to the young people so much so that changing the users’ mindset is almost impossible.

  17. Thank you for sharing your story. All the hype before the legalization of marijuana at the states level that marijuana is safe as being “plant-based” and now every dispensary has billboard signs everywhere has done irreparable damage, especially to the young people so much so that changing the users’ mindset is almost impossible. Sorry for your loss.

  18. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have just begun this journey with my son AND husband. I’m trying to learn everything I can and help educate them as well as others. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.

  19. I’m sorry for your loss. I have been suffering from the same symptoms and going to all possible doctors until one of them asked me if I smoked cannabis and told me about the symptoms of CHS. I was very surprised because cannabis helps me a lot with my psychological disorders of depression and anxiety. I know what to do now

  20. Excellent advice – I wish I had read this article when my sons were in high school. But I’m linking to it on the website of my non-profit, Be the Influence (www.betheinfluence.us) and including it in my “420” newsletter going out today on 4/20/22! Thank you for this resource.

  21. Jesus Christ can rescue you and heal you. He can make you a new person. My husband and I spent 14 years in the New Age psychedelic counterculture in San Francisco in the 60s and 70s. And later, after we became Christians, Richard worked for 30 years in locked psychiatric wards. Some of those voices you’ve heard are undoubtedly demons. Christ is the answer you need. Turn to him. Check out our booklets, “The Cross & the Marijuana Leaf” and “Psychedelic Seduction” at lighthousetrails.com.

  22. Please continue to raise awareness. As I struggle and I know firsthand. We should choose to acknowledge facts and not just pop culture .

  23. This is so heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing Randy’s story. He has so many similarities to others I’ve heard about who suffered with CIP: paranoia with roommates, being asked to leave, convinced MJ was saving him, etc. We are so grateful you are speaking out. Peace and comfort to you and your family.

  24. We have a similar story. We are witnesses to the deterioration of the mind that THC causes. Tragically, our 27 year old son was successful in his suicide atempt in 2013. We believe he had been using marijuana since age 13, as that is when we began noticing negative changes in his personality at that age.
    When he was 17, we put him into residential treatment; however, within 3 weeks of his return home, he began using it again.
    I agree 100% that a big lie about marijuana is being promoted throughout our country. Those states who have legaized its use, will pay a huge price as rhey will lose generations of youth who had once had great potential and thrir mental health cases will soar. I imagine that they already are, but that the staristics are being hidden from the public.

  25. He kept his story real, very helpful to me as a grandmother of two grandchildren addicted to marijuana and suboxone. This story gives me hope! I hope there’s a group in Florida close by.🙏

  26. We are going through the same thing. Our 18 year old is having a psychotic break due to cannabis. It is horrifying. He has had horrible depression for years and every SSRI and SNRI that he has tried, has not worked so when he got his medical marijuana card, we did not push back. Big mistake. This is a horrible drug that many kids cannot handle. Beware and educate your kids as to the dangers of marijuana.

  27. My son also killed himself on 8/13/22. Within a week before he completely changed. We found vaping product partly used that included THC 0, Delta 8 and Delta 10. I completely believe this product caused Psychosis in my son which caused him to kill himself.

  28. Dear God, he was just a baby. I’m so just distraught that Alex paid for his mistakes with his life. This is so incredibly unfair. Thirteen year olds simply do not have — cannot have — the emotional maturity to grasp the potential consequences of using illicit substances. My own son is paying a heavy price for his foray into Delta 8 and God only knows what other substances along the way. He is suffering from psychosis that is not getting better; we fear it has become a chronic condition, schizophrenia. He was a brilliant, talented, happy kid. We as a society cannot afford to lose our kids like this.

  29. Oh Sue I had no idea all of this was happening. . I can’t begin to imagine the pain both of you must have gone through I know there were times I was impressed to pray for you but didn’t know why. Now I wish I had been listening better and praying more. Now no matter what I said, it isn’t enough. Thank you for being strong enough and so grounded in your faith that you have had the courage to write this.
    My heart bleeds for you and I love you very very much. Elaine

  30. Oh Sue, When I read this I couldn’t stop tearing up.
    You and your family went through so much. I tried to put my feet in your shoes and don’t know how you survived, but GOD. What a peace to know that at one time he asked Jesus to come into his life. Now he is free from all the awfulness of drugs and what it can do to a wonderful healthy young man who had so many dreams and plans of college, a degree, a wife, a family, children, grandchildren.
    When I hear what all the drugs are doing to young people, I know many families must be going through the same terrible experience you endured.
    So glad you were blessed with the day you and Spencer said your last last good-bys and the love you shared together.

  31. Thank you for sharing your story Phyllis. I am heart broken to hear about your son. Prayers for you and your family.

  32. My Dear Sweet Sue, God Bless you for wanting to help others by opening up and sharing your experience. It was a long road Spence traveled and he knew you were always there, even though he was often so ugly in his behavior towards you. I too am so glad God gave you that last visit.

  33. This is my story and thank you so much for caring so much too help not only me but for others as well, it’s all good.

  34. This is my double first cousin,we grew up together and we smoked a lot of pot together.I myself often wondered if it wasn’t all im his head.I drove a tractor trailer and Kenny as i call him would often ride along with me.He was sick alot,I felt so bad for him and it was extreamly difficult to watch.He is a tuff ole boy.Ive seen him in a few battles including a few with me.Getting punched in the face didnt even faze him.He was like a brother to me,so yea we had a few run in’s.He dam sure held his own.But this sickness was beating him up bad,it was scary and very difficult to watch.I love my cousin,probably more than he will ever know and im so glad he found the problem.Im proud of Kenny he and me were both headed down the wrong road.He is a beautiful soul and thank the good lord we didnt loose him over something like this.Ive been smoking since i was 9 years old we just grew up in houses were it was as comon as water.I often want to stop smoking myself but i battle anxiety thats pretty extream.Im sorry someone had to pass for my cousin to find what was wrong.I just sit back and wonder how many lifes will be saved because of Brian.May god bless his family and his death might be the reason my beautiful soul cousin lives on.I love you cuz,can’t wait to come catch some more catfish with you.God bless

  35. I’m unsure whether or not you got my last comment as I’m having phone difficulties & a screenshot can’t be sent.
    Please contact me as I’d like to give my observations/input as a retired educator on informational articles and research that I’ve done over the last 40+ yrs. Also, pass this along to the other relevant organizations listed in your ad or that might be interested.

  36. With the mega demand for and supply of Marijuana in the US and Australia these psychosis cases must be occurring daily in our Public Hospital EDs and Psychiatric Units. Can someone please reveal to Every Brain Matters the reason why medical doctors and psychiatrists are not sounding the alarm and taking cannabis prohibitive action modeled on anti-tobacco education warnings.

  37. Hello Dr. Stuyt, I became addicted in my early 20s and suffered a marijuana psychosis at age 25. This was around 1970, when THC was about 3%. I’ve struggled with mental illness ever since, and now some 50-years later, I take 3 antidepressants (two at maximum daily dosage) and see both a therapist and a psychiatrist.

    gfs

  38. Thank you for sharing this all-too-familiar progression with cannabis becoming a gateway to harder drugs, now laced illegally with killer substances, like fentanyl .

    May Catherine rest in peace and her story be a powerful learning for others.

  39. Thank you for sharing this all-too-familiar progression with cannabis becoming a gateway to harder drugs, now laced illegally with killer substances, like fentanyl .

    May Catherine rest in peace and her story be a powerful learning for others.

  40. I think you are missing the point if you think cannabis simply leads to more serious drugs. Cannabis is the destruction drug. It kills the brain and the person as we know them never returns. The damage is done. The idea of calling it the 1st death is brilliant as that is what it is. I understand this journey all too well as my son has experienced the first death and even though he lives on physically he will never be the same. The light in his soul has gone out. There is hardly anyone left. The medical field cannot help as they experiment with different treatment options to no avail and eventually the victims give up on treatment. This is reality and so you go home every day hoping he had the will power to go on to fight another day. The sadness never lifts and hardly anyone understands your pain.

  41. Do not believe that is effective at all. Not just only not particularly effective, but I have seen this in many clients and in a family members. When people self-medicate or use a so-called prescription which is nothing more than a fraudulent voucher per se, they frequently use it to treat depression, anxiety, etc. However, cannabis is known to make these conditions worse and to provoke them. Well most drugs have side effects the side effects of the drug are completely unacceptable and the fact that it’s used recreationally more than proves the point that it would be nearly impossible to sort out a dopamine seeking intoxication as opposed to the remediation for the very conditions that it provokes and aggravates and increases.

  42. My son 17 already has 2 episodes it’s horrible I don’t know what to do, he won’t stop the weed. He acts completely different. It’s really difficult to find help.

    He won’t stop smoking the weed, like he doesn’t understand what happened to him.

  43. Thank You for sharing this story. My daughter was just diagnosed. It was very scary.

  44. This is complete rubbish. Research shows Some studies showed that cannabis products reduced the number and/or intensity of different symptoms, including hyperactivity, attacks of self-mutilation and anger, sleep problems, anxiety, restlessness, psychomotor agitation, irritability, aggressiveness perseverance, and depression. Moreover, they found an improvement in cognition, sensory sensitivity, attention, social interaction, and language. The most common adverse effects were sleep disorders, restlessness, nervousness and change in appetite. Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34043900/

  45. That baby boy yeah that was me pops I never knew and tried killing itself I never knew you said the same as that thing I did and all those times I tried I couldn’t even get that right but you’re my dad man I’ve been through the same thing man I remember staying up for days smoking methamphetamines smoking Molly snorting coke smoking crack smoking synthetic cannabis overdosing three times and now look man I’m sober a year and 11 months I’m sober yes I smoke marijuana but I also believe marijuana has benefits and disadvantages so I just want you to know I truly thank you man every time you told me that you understood what I was going through you really did I love you man you’re my pops

  46. I am so sorry. This industry is devastating the world with its lies and faulty science, poor quality control and general nonsense. I can’t say what I want to say but it would include a lot of four letter words, and ugly language because I am filled with anger. RAGE, more specifically, at the people who are making tons of money at the expense of sick and hurting people. God Bless you and keep you and I will be praying for your healing.

  47. Juli Shamash – “almost all opioid users, started with marijuana” were is your proof? This is nothing but an opinion Cannabis is NOT a gateway drug, it has been debunked long long ago!

  48. Thank you Rik! What an honest share about your struggles and triumphs. I really appreciate reading about what’s it’s like to use marijuana every day. It gives me a better understanding and compassion towards my qualifier. I am so proud of you for running your Mon MA meetings!!!!!Thank You!

  49. I see you said you child was diagnosed with ADHD.
    Did your child take ADHD medication?
    What Medication was prescribed to them?
    How long did they take the medication prescribed to them by a doctor?

  50. Dear Emma,
    So sorry for your son. This warning was out 9 years ago, and psychiatrists have improved in places like California where the problem is too widespread to ignore. But most of the USA doesn’t understand and children/ parents are not warned. Your story is beautifully written and it goes with this article which is in 2 parts. https://poppot2.wpengine.com/2015/02/01/mental-health-care-fails-addiction-treatment/. We need to bring you on as advocate who can demonstrate the story.

  51. My son who is 40 had 2 episodes back in 2019 due to marijuana and what we now know is cannabis induced psychosis. He knew if he continued, he would lose his wife and 2 kids. So he stopped. That is until July 2023 when him and his wife separated and he got a medical marijuana card and started vaping it. He is so out of touch with reality right now that we can’t get him to listen to us and will not get help. I have reached out to the police to do a wellness check and they go out to his house and say there is nothing they can do, because he had a medical marijuana card and is in his house. His gas has been turned off due to not paying the bill, and he thinks it is because his thermostat is broke. After his daughter went to check on him, she saw where it looked like he had tried to start a fire on their wood kitchen table, but then put out. The police and mental help line people there is nothing they can do unless he is a danger to himself or someone else. If lighting a fire on a wood table isn’t a danger to himself, I don’t know what is. I don’t know where to turn for help or what to do. I am concerned he isn’t eating, sleeping, and has no heat in the house and it is 26 degrees overnight. If anyone has any suggestions or can help, please let me know.

  52. MADE a COUPLE of TWEAKS:

    A friend involved with Every Brain Matters asked me if I’d consider writing a paragraph or two on my experience with a loved one with a Cannabis Use Disorder.

    My loved one is a good friend, who I’ve watched smoke cannabis daily, then stop for a few days or even a week or two, only to fall back into using. They have struggled, and I have struggled. Sometimes, when they haven’t been using, I wish they would use, but then it means interacting with someone who’s in an altered state of mind while I’m not. It’s a roller coaster of emotions ranging from sympathy, anger, frustration, disappointment, concern for their well-being, and fear. It’s a lot, and it can be isolating..very isolating.

    Who do I talk to? Do I talk? What do I say?

    What are some of the things that have really helped and made all the difference? Getting support for myself. In particular, a weekly, Saturday morning support group via Zoom. There we share our experiences; the things which have helped and as importantly, the things which have not.

    There’s a wide range of support available, and I encourage anyone to seek out support and that fits with you. There’s a saying, “Pain is unavoidable, but suffering is optional”. Don’t suffer in silence, and don’t think you’re alone, because you’re not.

    Another helpful saying is, “I didn’t cause the marijuana use, I can’t control the marijuana use, I can’t cure the marijuana use.” It was the beginning of detaching with love from my loved one and taking responsibility for myself, not my loved one’s addiction.

    At the moment, my friend hasn’t used cannabis for a couple of months, and while I’m pleased for them, I’m also cautious and wary. For better or worse, I simply see them as an “untreated addict.”

    Whether my friend/loved one is using marijuana or not, my job is to keep the focus on myself, so I’m able to continue taking loving care of myself, and keep giving myself the support I need and deserve.

    Ana B., Canada

  53. Aubrey
    Excellent presentation of the facts. I have continued to evaluate SAMHSA’s grantmaking guidelines and it allows allocations to non-governmental entities. Secondly, I believe we have a strong case for not allowing funds for prevention to go to States that actively market marijuana, like mine in California.

    I am going to pursue it further. If we can capture part or all of those funds for a valid prevention program, I think we can start the process of effecting a change in drug policy to protect our youth. The existing federal drug policy focused entirely on treatment is a joke.

  54. Hello you sweet mama. You are an amazing and courageous mother for taking the strength needed to post this. I can’t imagine anything worse for a mom, but thank you for sharing and helping and serving. I am actually a 40 year old mother and teacher, and I was using legal cannabis vape pens for insomnia. I was sick for two months before I figured it out from researching on the Internet- the docs couldn’t figure it out. It is hell to go through. We need to fight for more education about how strong these new forms of marijuana are.

  55. Thank you Mr.Hill for sharing your horrifying experience. My daughter had psychosis to a lesser extent and she is now in a recovery program. I am sharing your story with everyone I know who thinks weed is “harmless”. I am absolutely spreading the word about this destructive substance.
    May God bless you and your girlfriend and her mother who are staying by your side. Praying for you and sending blessings and peace.

  56. Yes, You as many other mothers and fathers in this nation are appalled at what is in front of us – the destruction of the brain and well being of our children – The joy of teenage life of our daughters and sons is at risk just because a policy and media is pushing on them weed ” Marijuana and THC ” as a harmless and recreational drug that can be get in easy way, changing the course (for worse) the life of many families and forever. WEED IS WRONG and THC is killing our children. We need to atop this Now.

  57. Javonte,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. This is a haunting and remarkably similar to those I’ve heard others tell. It means a lot that you’re speaking up. You will help others and prevent needless violence, death and suffering.

  58. The information provided here is relevant to my position as a cancer control specialist, as vaping is a major problem in my area of Kentucky. Suicide is also on the rise as well.

  59. I am experiencing the same thing with my 22 year old son who is complete denial. Please send me some resources who he can talk to. I feel he was totally brainwashed when he was young about THC that it is harmless.

  60. Thank you for so bravely sharing your story, Ethan. God bless you on your journey. Your story is happening to many, many young people. We need them told to help people understand.

  61. Hi There!

    I am so sorry for what you have been through and so glad to hear that your daughter is doing well.. My name is Crissy and I’m the Director of the Parent Action Network. We are an initiative of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and we work directly with parents and families negatively impacted by the legalization of marijuana. We provide education and training in today’s high potency products and give you a voice and prepare you to use your story to encourage policy change at the state , local and federal level. We are currently working very closely with Pennsylvania advocates and legislatures to change policies and hopefully prevent recreational legalization. If you are interested in sharing your story and advocating for change in your own community/state please contact me at [email protected] We also have other advocates in Pa. that we could connect you with. I hope to hear from you. Again I’m so sorry for what you e been through and I admire your willingness to edu are others. Best, Crissy Groenewegen

  62. Ethan, your article is the best firsthand account of what it feels like to be in psychosis that I’ve ever read. Thank you for sharing your story and giving hope to the MANY teenagers and young adults who are addicted to marijuana (in all its many forms) and experiencing CIP. This truly is going to be the next epidemic in America and we need to get the word out. You should consider going to speak at assemblies at middle schools and high schools and sharing your story/warning/hope!! I will be forwarding this article to all my friends, thanks again.

  63. I knew from the day I met you how special you were. I think we often define “courage” as something we did in combat…but writing this article is the ultimate courage. You are one of my hero’s brother!
    todd

  64. If you would be interested, Ed Shemelya, National Coordinator and Director of the National Marijuana Initiative, will be special guest speaker Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 1:00 at Wayne County Community College District, 21000 Northline, Taylor, MI 48180.
    Courtesy of AARP, Chapter 4676.

    Mary Sobran
    Program Chair
    734.374.2515

  65. Ed Shemelya will be our guest speaker, Tues, March 5, 2024
    at Wayne County Community College District.

    The National Marijuana Initiative National Coordinator will be AARP’s special guest to dispel misconceptions and raise
    awareness of issues to improve public safety and knowledge
    regarding marijuana.

  66. Thanks for sharing your story. It is really helpful in understanding the progression that follows when your loved ones begin usingTHC. Such a devastating, tragic and exhausting problem that breaks families apart. Very glad to hear about his recovery and I hope we can hear about his full recovery and success story some day.

  67. This story is tragic, but you should have some relief in knowing that Florida passed a law banning Delta-8 THC. We hope the governor will sign the law and it will be banned throughout the country. The 2018 Farm Bill which legalize hemp must be revised.
    (Delta-9 THC is still a problem and vaping has been a great way for youth to hide their THC habit.)
    Your story shows that treatment does not guarantee that recovery can be permanent.

  68. Hi Jennifer, my heart is also broken right now. My 17 year old is in a mental facility as well. This is his 3rd admission since Feb 13. I am also so scared. I’m heartbroken because like you, I can’t comfort him, I can’t hold him. My prayers are with you. I hope god is merciful and heals our babies ❤️ Sending you strength.
    Ginny

  69. Thank you so much for your vulnerability and strength in revealing this very important story . You have suffered greatly but still have great compassion and understanding. I commend you and hope people realize how dangerous marijuana can be.

  70. The ridiculous concept of “Harm Reduction” was conceived of and implemented through the Drug Policy Alliance, financed by George Soros. His motives are not to reduce harm. He is on record in his book The Bubble of American Supremacy stating …. “Prevention is the single most important dimension of the responsibility to protect.,” so he knows what works. He has been in control of drug policy since he put Obama in office and for 16 years, through 3 administrations, there has been no attempt at PREVENTION. He should be held accountable, along with all the politicians he has corrupted, and his assets should be seized as retribution for all of the lives lost and destroyed, and environment harms to the planet.

  71. Dear Paul,
    Thank you for sharing your experience to help others. My thank you also to Kurt for allowing you to share this.
    My heart goes out to both of you as you recognize Kurt as the victim of this drug. We need people like you to help others understand how dangerous THC can be.
    My son died by suicide blaming his severe cannabis use disorder for killing his soul and ruining his brain. From a discussion I once had with him, I believe he feared he could become a danger to others, perhaps leading to his suicide.

    Thank you for helping others.

  72. My daughter has tried to kill me in phycosis from THC and almost has ! If I was an avg 62 year old I would be dead! I have been an athlete all my life so being thrown down stairs and off decks and my head hitting tile I was ok! Strangled beaten the list goes on broken nose jaw on and on! It’s not my. Kid
    I mis my daughter so much😓😓😓🦾👣🙏👣

  73. I’m so sorry for all
    Your family has endured due to this poison it helps to have the terrible unraveling made sense of I wish you had found this group and these resources sooner to support you but it’s never too late to share your family’s tragic story to help others These kids have no idea what can happen to them with marijuana use it’s horrendous unintended consequences on so
    Many levels I hope this article gave you some peace in knowing there are many of us out her that understand what you have and are going through
    May comfort always be with you Sending love to you

  74. Reading about the devastating impact of Delta-8 THC on this family is heart-wrenching and sheds light on the serious consequences of unregulated cannabis products. The personal account shared here emphasizes the urgent need for stricter regulation and awareness of the potential dangers associated with Delta-8. It’s evident that this substance can have severe effects on mental health, leading to psychosis and disrupting lives. The courage to speak out about these experiences is commendable and serves as a crucial reminder of the importance of informed decision-making and responsible consumption. This article has deepened my understanding of the risks posed by Delta-8 THC and underscores the necessity for comprehensive measures to protect individuals and families from such harm.

  75. This heartbreaking account vividly illustrates the devastating impact of delta-8 THC use on individuals and their families. Through the lens of a parent’s anguish and concern for their son’s well-being, the article powerfully conveys the urgency of addressing the risks associated with this substance. It’s a poignant reminder of the importance of informed decision-making, regulation, and education surrounding THC and CBD products. The personal narrative not only raises awareness but also prompts reflection on the need for responsible industry practices and robust safety measures. This story underscores the imperative to prioritize public health and safety over profit margins.

  76. Reading your story was deeply moving and informative. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the struggles your family has faced due to the effects of delta-8 THC on your son’s mental health. Your candid sharing of personal experiences sheds light on the serious risks associated with this substance, highlighting the urgent need for greater awareness and regulation. Your bravery in speaking out serves as a powerful reminder of the devastating impact unchecked substances can have on individuals and families. Thank you for sharing your story, and I hope it inspires others to advocate for safer practices and regulations surrounding THC and CBD products.

  77. So honest and brave. Admirable and strong. You will get there Michael, I love you!! Your cuz, Lori

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