High-potency cannabis, or frequent use, raises the risk of psychosis
Regular use of cannabis with a high potency (HIGHER THAN 10%) increases the risk of developing psychosis five-fold, according to a study published this week by the Lancet. It also found that using less potent strains daily increased the risk three-fold. This study looked at cannabis use among 901 European patients newly diagnosed with psychosis including schizophrenia. In London, 30% of new cases of psychosis in the study were estimated to be tied to strong cannabis.
In addition, the risk of developing psychosis or schizophrenia increases when cannabis use is initiated before the age of 16. Also, persons with a family history of psychosis or schizophrenia who use cannabis are at greater risk of developing psychosis and schizophrenia. Cannabis users with a family history of psychosis are 2.5 to 10 times more likely to develop psychotic disorders, compared to non-users with a family history.
The scourge of crystal meth, with its exploding labs and ruinous effect on teeth and skin, has been all but forgotten amid national concern over the opioid crisis. Meth has returned with a vengeance.In Oregon, meth-related deaths vastly outnumber those from heroin.
Mexican drug cartels stepped in and have inundated the market with so much pure, low-cost meth that dealers have more of it than they know what to do with. Under pressure from traffickers to unload large quantities, dealers are even offering meth to customers on credit.
Heroin is a depressant. It shuts you down and you’re not capable of doing a whole lot. In contrast, meth is a stimulant: addicts have lowered inhibitions and are awake 24/7, running around at night, so night burglaries abound. Eighty or 90 percent of heroin users are also using meth to temper the effects.
Like opioids, meth is highly addictive and difficult to quit.Meth has been overshadowed by opiates. Unfortunately, there are fewer tools to combat meth than to combat opioids: There is nothing like Naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdoses, or methadone, which can stem opioid cravings.
Meth or methamphetamine use is plausibly responsible for as many if not more drug-related crimes, episodes of violence, and trips to the emergency room than any other substance (discounting all of our daily opiate overdoses)
Meth first overloads and then eventually disables the dopamine system in the brain, which is not good. Meth exacerbates any pre-existing psychosis or induces psychosis altogether. Frequent users often report they hear voices, see “shadow figures,” experience severe paranoia, and endorse full-blown psychotic delusions. When you couple these sorts of psychotic symptoms with frequently hyper-aggressive and/or hyper-sexual behavior while intoxicated, you have a real public health problem. Addicts become semi-aware fragments of themselves, arousing and satisfying their darker impulses.
Meth kills by overloading blood vessels,eventually resulting in aneurysms, heart failure and strokes. As a result, long time older users are likeliest to die—in San Francisco, the average age of those who die of a meth overdose is 49.
The White House Council of Economic Advisers estimates the total social cost of the opioid crisis to the country in 2015 was as high as $504 billion, or 2.8% of GDP.Continue reading THE METH SCOURGE→
The most significant type of anger influencing the development of homosexual attraction in childhood is anger with oneself. As a result of ongoing rejections by peers, many boys acquire an intense dislike for their bodies and view them as weak, unattractive and unmasculine. This can lead to highly risky and self destructive addictive and sadomasochistic behavior for an intense dislike of them. One can also become obsessed with the bodies of one’s peers who are well-built and muscular. The ultimate expression of self-hatred and aversion to one’s body is seen in those who undergo sex change surgery.
Intense hatred is seen in homosexuals within the media or in the educational, political, ministerial and mental health fields when they attempt to force our culture to change its views on homosexuality. They direct their anger against the Judeo-Christian morality,the nuclear family and the basic differences between men and women.
A homosexual can grow to hate his body as small and weak. In spiritual therapy, his healing can progress by being thankful for his body that God gave him by viewing his soul as much more important as the body and by being thankful for his special male gifts.
HOMOSEXUAL ADDICTIVE DISORDER
The sexually compulsive, highly reckless and life-threatening behavior in a large percentage of homosexuals would indicate the presence of an addictive disorder. While the specific diagnostic category of sexual addiction has not been officially accepted, yet in the mental health field, clinical programs exist for such treatments along with journals of sexual addiction.
In spite of the danger of acquiring AIDS, enormous numbers of males do not protect themselves sexually. One study identified 31% of respondents in sixteen cities had engaged in unprotected sex. One article, “Why Gay Men are having Risky Sex” described the situation as explained and claimed that HIV infections had quadrupled in San Francisco since 1987. In many individuals this behavior is frequently preceded by the use of alcohol and drugs. This situation existed for some because of numerous emotional conflicts.
Narcissism or selfishness is another major factor influencing the attraction to the homosexual lifestyle. There is a tendency to not have to make a total commitment to one person.This behavior is almost childlike because it leads to minimal obligations in relationships and few limitations in the pursuit of pleasure.Continue reading HOMOSEXUAL ANGER→
An immoral mind is a noisy mind because it is filled with the clatter of one’s own ego. Other noisy minds lose its center because its energies are scattered over a multitude of concerns: multi-tasking. This is the big flaw of our culture.
When the mind is quiet, things become clearer. We become aware of what we must do. We must learn to slow down our minds to become more focused and more sensitive to God’s presence.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY?
Dr. Victor Cline (1996) posited four progressive effects of pornography:
(1) Addiction, where the need to view pornographic materials leads to a loss of free control over behavior;
(2) Escalation, where the person delves into progressively harder pornography, usually to attain the same level of sensation and arousal;
(3) Desensitization, whereby the user is no longer morally sensitive to the shocking, repulsive, perverted, or immoral quality of the material, but instead views it as acceptable and begins to look upon others as objects; and
(4) Acting out, where the fantasizing becomes overt behavior. This includes normalized aggression towards women in sexual and other interpersonal encounters. Pornography kills love!
The issue of sexual addiction is catching society unawares. All around us marriages are beginning to fall apart; husbands are getting caught with pornography, in affairs, and visiting prostitutes.
On a more serious note, there is a proven direct correlation exists between crimes of rape, child abuse, and the physical abuseof a spouse, and the proliferation of pornographic materials in a community (Uniform Crime Report, 1990). One out of every six persons in our federal and state prisons is a sex offender, and sex crimes are second only to drug crimes.
What is the basis for Jesus’ position on pornography?
There is no level of marijuana use that is actually completely safe. . even the casual use of marijuana changes the brain.This new marijuana is beyond simple medical use for pain.
The adolescent brain — particularly the part of the brain that regulates planning for complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision making and social behavior — is not fully developed until the early to mid-20s.
Marijuana also affects brain development,and when it is used heavily by young people, its effects on thinking and memory may last a long time or even be permanent. And a large long-term study in New Zealand showed that people who began smoking marijuana heavily in their teens lost an average of 8 points in IQ between age 13 and age 38. Importantly, the lost cognitive abilities were not fully restoredin those who quit smoking marijuana as adults.
IS MARIJUANA ADDICTIVE?
Research has found that 1 in 11 of all marijuana users will become addicted to the drug. And if a person begins using under the age of 18, that number rises to one in six people. We also know that almost 60% of new marijuana users each year are under age 18.
Overdoses involving prescription painkillers are at epidemic levels and now kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.
The number of people killed by drug poisoning, driven by large increases of painkiller abuse, surpassed motor vehicle fatalities for the first time.
Oxycontin, formally known as Percodan, allows the time released capsules to be absorbed all at once!
ADDICTION AND DELIVERANCE
One can be laden with all sorts of addiction. These include: alcohol, cigarettes, masturbation just to add a few. This addiction must be dealt with on a spiritual level. Casting out demons is the only way to get rid of these demons that drive the person to do these things in the first place. The demons will hook themselves to a person’s flesh and mind. Deliverance WILL be needed.Continue reading OXYCODONE KILLS→
Addiction Recovery can take months and for some many years involving medication. There is a short cutthat God provides in the form of Grace, which is a mysterious interweaving of divine grace and human willingness.
We may yearn to “let go and let God,” but it usually doesn’t happen until we have exhausted our own efforts.
LOTS OF ADDICTIONS
Most people are addicted to something, be it a substance or one’s own self-concept. Anything that steals life from us and causes us to make illogical or hasty decisions is our addiction: anything we cling to instead of God. The object of the addiction, whether it is drugs or alcohol or sex are not the primary issue. Rather, it isbecoming obsessed with them: a false sense of love. It includes many other areas: chocolate, food, Facebook, power, fame, pornography, even driving too fast, etc.
The truth is, we were never meant to be completely satisfied. Saint Augustine states “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.” We give all our time and energy to the addiction, instead of love. We were created for love but we seek it apart from the Creator. Addiction, then, displaces and supplants God’s love as the source and object of our deepest true desire.
Addiction is a spiritual disease, a disease of the soul, an illness resulting from this same longing, frustrated desire, and deep dissatisfaction – which is ironically the necessary beginning of any spiritual path.”Continue reading HEALING THE ADDICTIVE BRAIN→
Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug worldwide, with 5 million daily users worldwide.
Christians in America are facing the challenge of a majority approval of marijuana. A recent Gallup Poll revealed that 58% of Americans now favor its legalization,and 67% of ages 18 to 29 back legalization. Yet when Gallup first asked the question in 1969,only 12% favored legalization.
By September 2017, there was some form of marijuana legalization in 29 states and the District of Columbia. This massive change has occurred in less than fifty years, and it is a major sign of the seismic shift occurring in our culture—a shift that should concern Christians deeply.
What do we know about marijuana? Is it good for our health? Or can it be harmful and even lead to psychosis?But, most important, how does the Bible deal with it?
We all seem to be guilty of craving something that we cannot have. Some of us refuse to let go of these cravings.
CHANGING THE WAY WE LOOK AT LIFE
It takes a deep sense of humility to change long established attitudes. EGOS ARE AT WORK HERE. Your ego must be tamed. The power to be more selfless comes from the power of God. “The Kingdom is within you.” Luke 17:21
When we stop fighting against those things that can’t be changed, contentment becomes a possibility. Hope and openness enable us to see our possibilities. Without hope, there is no growth in our communion with God and with others.
LET GO AND LET GOD.
The AA saying at Alcohol Anonymous is “Let go and let God.” We relinquish our concerns into the Hands of God so that we can live our lives without energy-depleting fear. Unreasonable fear is a terrible enemy. Many of us try to be in total control of our lives, and we discover that the results are disastrous.
You can be so bogged down with a problem that you lose your creative energy to find your way out of it.
There is no promise that storms won’t be part of our lives. But there is a promise that we won’t navigate through them by ourselves:”Trust in the Lord forever; He will always protect us.” Isaiah 26:3, 4
Could we actually believe that saying yes to God would bring us harm? It will bring us gain and not loss.
The key to our growth is our willingness to leave some space for God to do His work within us. We have hope because we know that we are loved.
Demons cannot enter into a person’s body without having some kind of legal permission and legal right to be able to do so. They need some kind of an entry pointto be able to get in and attach to someone, and that entry point will be their door opener. That something specific will be their legal right. This is Spiritual Warfare and these persons must be delivered.