Warn parents about the danger of pot to young brains: pediatricians

Warn parents about the danger of pot to young brains: pediatricians


The legalization of cannabis will expose many children and adolescents to the drug and parents need to be told about the damage it can cause to developing brains, a pediatricians’ group says.

Dr. Hirotaka Yamashiro, president of the Pediatricians alliance  of Ontario, said a major hospital in Colorado saw a spike in children arriving in the emergency room with signs of marijuana use and exposure after legalization.

“In our opinion, Ontario is not ready to deal with the risk that it poses to our children,” the Richmond Hill pediatrician said Friday. “We can be certain that after next July 1 many more young people in Ontario will be exposed to marijuana.”

The Canadian government plans to legalize recreational cannabis by July 2018 and Ontario is setting up government-run stores to sell the product.

Dr. Sharon Burey, a behavioral pediatrician from Windsor and PAO’s vice-president, said a poll in 2010 found one-third of Canadian youngsters had tried pot at least once by age 15 — the highest percentage of any of the 43 countries surveyed.

In her own practice, Burey said she has treated a 13-year-old boy who was using cannabis every day and whose father wanted her to prescribe his son medical marijuana to deal with his behavioural issues.

“I’m even receiving consultations for children as young as four years of age who have been prescribed medical marijuana for conditions like Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Communication Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (and) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” she said. “There have been no guidelines set for the use of medical marijuana in children with these conditions.”

Chronic marijuana use in young people has been linked to long-lasting serious mental health disorders, she said.

The pediatrician’s group fears children and teens across the city will be exposed to pot as their parents bring home the newly-legalized product.

PAO is asking that governments launch a public education campaign to warn parents about the risks to their children.

The pediatricians also want the government to fund ongoing research into the effects of marijuana exposure on young people.

Protecting the health and well-being of all Ontarians, especially children, youth, young adults and other vulnerable populations, is central to Ontario’s safe and sensible approach to federal cannabis legalization.

Laura Gallant, a spokesperson for Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins, said the Minister views public education as a critical part of the province’s cannabis framework.

The federal government has announced intentions to invest in public education and Ontario will focus its efforts on raising awareness about provincial rules.

“As part of this work, Ontario will engage in public education efforts to ensure families and their children are equipped with the resources needed to support conversations about cannabis use so that every Ontarian and, most importantly, every young person can make informed and healthy choices,” Gallant said.

Ontario is also developing a prevention and harm reduction strategy that includes training for health care professionals to delay and prevent cannabis use in young people, she said.

Why You Should Stop Using Pot



The use of marijuana has been correlated to schizophrenia. For those who are unfamiliar with the disease, schizophrenia is a horrible, disabling brain disorder that causes its sufferers to experience psychosis. Typically, people who suffer from schizophrenia hear voices and feel that some group is monitoring them. I knew a schizophrenic man who told me that the Vatican was following him. It would have been pointless to try to reason with him.

Schizophrenia frequently crops up in notorious murder cases. Almost invariably, if the perpetrators turn out to be schizophrenic, they are also heavy marijuana users. For example, Colorado theatre shooter James Holmes and Tucson shooter Jared Loughner were both pot smokers.

I once attended a lecture by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, a psychiatrist who specializes in schizophrenia. Torrey mentioned that if he could do one thing to reduce the incidence of schizophrenia among young people, he would post a huge sign at every rock concert warning users that smoking pot increases your chance of becoming schizophrenic by ten times.

The most recent studies seem to indicate that marijuana can trigger the onset of schizophrenia in people who have a predisposition toward the disease. That is, most people will be able to smoke pot with no risk of ever developing the disease. But is it worth the risk? Are you feeling lucky?


All drugs have side effects, but the popular media would have us believe that pot is an exception. The worst side effect that I have noticed in heavy pot users is loss of motivation. These folks seem to be content with frittering their lives away, achieving nothing, and doing as little as possible except smoking weed. But my evidence is anecdotal.

However, there is some solid research that backs up the observation that using pot takes away your ambition. A 2013 study conducted by scientists at Imperial College London determined that long-term cannabis users produce less dopamine, a chemical linked to motivation. This study led researchers to conclude that: “Long-term cannabis use may blunt the brain’s motivation system.”

The bottom line is that if you are a man who is trying to improve his life, smoking pot is going to take you in the opposite direction.


There is currently a debate in scientific circles of the effect of marijuana on sex. The research is contradictory. In animal studies, cannabis has been found to lower testosterone levels, but the human studies have not been conclusive.

While we are waiting for a future study to definitively settle the question, the prudent course is to avoid using anything that would negatively impact your testosterone levels. The testosterone levels of American men have already been dropping since the 1980s—you already probably have lower T levels than your father or your grandfather. It doesn’t make sense to do things that might lower them even further.


Even if marijuana didn’t carry of risk of triggering schizophrenia, taking away your motivation, or decreasing your testosterone levels, it would still be a bad idea. To become successful takes a lot of work. Numbing yourself, whether that comes from drinking too much alcohol or smoking pot, will take you away from your goal, and it also carries the risk that it can become an addiction that will lead to your downfall.

Truly successful people give their complete focus to achieving their goal. Real estate titan Donald Trump has a strict no drugs/no alcohol ethic that he has passed on to his children. Gene Simmons, leader of the rock band Kiss, also avoided drugs and alcohol even when the band was at its peak of popularity. Even Benjamin Franklin was a teetotaler in his younger days. It was only after he had accomplished great things in business, science, and politics that he started to enjoy the occasional bottle of wine.

London, Ont. rocked by St. Patrick’s Day riot near Fanshawe College

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mostly privileged drunk whites rioting for fun!

Beer bottles, bricks and other debris rained down on police and firefighters in London, Ont., Saturday when St. Patrick’s Day celebrations turned ugly.

London police Chief Bradley Duncan, speaking to reporters Sunday, said he had never seen the level of violence and vandalism that he did Saturday night in his more than three decades on the police force.

“Last night, London experienced the worst case of civil disobedience our community has ever been subjected to,” Duncan said.

He said there was a very real risk that people could have been seriously injured, and even killed, after partygoers turned to setting fires and throwing bottles, stones and two-by-fours at police and firefighters.

Burns and other “soft tissue” injuries were instead reported, according to the chief.

Seven people were arrested Saturday in connection with the rioting, which caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the street and vehicles.

Duncan urged anyone else involved in the drunken mob should “do the right thing” and turn themselves into police.

The area where the rioting took place is teeming with students who attend nearby Fanshawe College.

Duncan said the street parties were expected, but spiralled out of control after police and the fire department were called about a brush fire around 10 p.m.

“London Fire Department (arrived) and were almost immediately confronted with numerous persons throwing bottles and bricks at the firefighters and fire vehicles,” Duncan said.

Police then had be brought in, with reinforcements, to escort the firefighters out of the area and they too were met with violence from the mob, the chief said.

Police then had to don their helmets to prevent injury from the flying bottles and other debris.

According to Duncan, about 1,000 people were in the crowd Sunday and police had to attend to the scene until the wee hours of the morning.

“Police vehicles were pounded with two-by-fours, bricks, tire rims and other various items,” Duncan told reporters, resulting in 17 police vehicles being damaged.

“Smoke canisters” were needed to clear out part of the crowd, just so police vehicles could retreat from the area, he added.

By 11 p.m., police declared the gathering an “unlawful assembly” and told the now-rioters to disperse — orders that had little effect, despite repeated warnings.

All of the police cars and other vehicles were removed from the area, but rioters were able to flip a CTV News van and set it on fire. A video posted to YouTube shows the truck ablaze and later exploding.

Rather than send more firefighters into the raging mob, officials determined there was no imminent danger to properties in the area and held back crews from entering.

London mayor Joe Fontana said the city didn’t deserve the rampant disregard for the city and the public.

“To say I am disappointed and disgusted would be an understatement,” Fontana said.

The mayor called the police and firefighters’ efforts “valiant” in the face of the violence.

“There’s no doubt that when you hear that 800, 900, 1,000 people weren’t fighting among each other,” Fontana said. “(They) essentially directed their attack on the very people who serve our community to protect property and to protect lives.

“We are really, really lucky — we can thank our lucky stars — that nobody was killed.”

related news and events where whites start riots for fun and alcohol

“This kind of thing happens all the time, with little comment from the larger society. Since 1995 alone, there have been riots involving white college students at Colorado University in Boulder, Iowa State, Penn State, the Universities of Wisconsin at Whitewater and Oshkosh, Southern Illinois University, the University of Delaware, Michigan State, Washington State, the University of Akron and the University of New Hampshire. And for what reason did these students decide to burn, loot and destroy? Either because of the results of a football game, or because of a crackdown on underage drinking. So here I sit, patiently waiting for Charles Murray to explain to me with scientific precision what it is about white folks’ DNA that makes them riot for the sake of $1 tequila shots.”

from The Kids are All White: Riots, Pathology and the Real Meaning of Color-Blindness by Tim Wise

Young, white males

Jerry M. Lewis, professor emeritus at Kent State University and a sociologist specializing in fan violence, said the recent riot in Boston bore most of the hallmarks of the newest college fad. Lewis has found that generally today’s rioters are usually young, white males — and that they are more likely to riot when their team wins, not when it loses.

“A small portion of young, white males is choosing to express their fandom in violent ways,” he said, noting that the violence usually lasts a matter of hours.

That stands in stark contrast to American riots of years past that usually lasted several days and typically concerned politics or social justice.

These days, college student-rioters usually have enough alcohol in their systems to overcome their inhibitions, but not so much that they are falling-down drunk, Lewis said.

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and the recent Penn State riots were also made up of a bunch of  privileged white males rioting over the firing of a football coach who failed to contact police over allegations of child abuse. This is the same poor excuse of a University that did nothing when Black Students facing death threats.