Albion, MI (PRWEB) January 23, 2014
Narconon Freedom Center is alerting parents to 6 dangerous substances found in marijuana as part of their ongoing Dangers of Drugs awareness campaign. These substances were found by researchers at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.
In the production of marijuana, various substances can be found in the drug, like insects, pesticides and mold. Other byproducts found are fungi, mildew and bacterial contaminants (like e-coli and salmonella).
One of the researchers, Heather Miller Coyle, found that many of these substances can be seen with the naked eye on the surface of plants.
“Some states having legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use. A majority of the students enrolling say they think marijuana is safe because it has been legalized. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only can it contain these dangerous substances, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, THC, attacks the central nervous system’s supply of magnesium which is necessary to keep nerves relaxed and healthy,” says John Walser, Senior Intake Counselor, Narconon Freedom Center.
"This problem progresses with each use. As the user continues to smoke marijuana over an extended period of time, the further and the central nervous system becomes more stressed that can result in symptoms of anxiety, depression and sleep problems," reports Walser. (Source: April 2010 Harvard Study Medical marijuana and the mind - http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/2010/April/medical-marijuana-and-the-mind
Susan Donaldson James in a Good Morning America article spoke with Coyle about how marijuana compares with other drugs administered for medicinal purposes. Coyle said, “Every other medicine out there is controlled and monitored for quality and not administered in a smokable format. There’s a lot of concern about the way these forms of medical marijuana are grown. A lot of the time, they are grown in a non-certified fashion.”
Non-certified forms of growing marijuana include open fields, in private homes or other public areas with pesticides used to increase production.
With this new information, Coyle turned to public health requesting those states that choose to allow use of marijuana, control and test the products to ensure their safety.
Narconon Freedom Center is advocating taking it one step further recommending awareness campaigns to educate everyone on the true dangers of smoking marijuana in the hope of eliminating its use all together.
For more information about the dangers of marijuana or to enroll a loved one in drug rehab, call an Intake Counselor today toll-free at 877-362-9682. All calls are no charge and confidential.
About Heather Miller Coyle
Heather Miller Coyle, a forensic botanist and associate professor at the University of New Haven, has built a DNA database of different types of marijuana that has helped federal law enforcement learn where illegal pot growers and dealers get their product, found that much of it can be seen with the naked eye on the surface of plants.
For half a decade, Miller Coyle’s research has been funded by grants from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program. Her team has developed a bar-coding system to identity the genetic foundation of various forms of marijuana. This system detects contaminants that may be found in the drug.
About Narconon Freedom Center
Narconon Freedom Center, Albion, Michigan, is a non-profit alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility licensed through the state. The program has been helping those struggling with substance abuse and alcoholism for over 47 years. William Benitez founded the Narconon program in 1966 with the drug-free rehabilitation education researched and developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The Narconon program is a holistic drug-free rehab program. The drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility also provides drug prevention education to schools and community outreach programs. For drug education in your school or community, contact the center at 517-629-8661.