Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. MiepR

    MiepR said, 1 day ago

    That’s the study with the sample size of 20, right? Fail.

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    If you change your mind you change your brain chemistry.

  3. NickCC23

    NickCC23 said, 1 day ago

    AND heavily reported on Fox News. Shame on you Ted Rall.

  4. GreggW

    GreggW GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    I’m getting the impression Mr. Rall that you’re not a liberal re. marijuana use. Do you mind clarifying?

  5. Beckworth

    Beckworth said, 1 day ago

    Yeah, that explains why Carl Sagan had such poor memory and lacked motivation.

  6. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    I still say make it legal, it makes it easier to spot the stupid..and liberals..but I repeat myself… but they will not see that or remember.

  7. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    http://science.howstuffworks.com/marijuana3.htm
    THC is a very potent chemical compared to other psychoactive drugs. An intravenous (IV) dose of only 1 milligram can produce serious mental and psychological effects.
    http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/alcoholism4.htm
    Alcohol affects brain chemistry by altering levels of neurotransmitters. alcohol increases the amount of the chemical dopamine in the brain’s reward center, which creates the feeling of pleasure that occurs when someone takes a drink.
    I have two boys who are fast approaching teen age years. Here is one Question I have to be able to answer. Alcohol vs Pot. So I did some research. I am drawing from years of watching both pot heads and drunks. I found the information I needed to back up my observation at the “how stuff works” web sites. As an analogy here is what I have come up with based on this information.
    Think of your skull as a fish tank. Your brain would be made of fish. These fish fill the tank and each fish has its’ own place in the tank, so much so they cooperate and almost have to swim as one to live. Now here is the fun part. The neurotransmitters are kind of like the water in the tank. You need it and it flows through and around the fish.
    One drink of alcohol and it lowers the level of the water just a bit. The more you drink the harder it is for the fish. They slow down. It also feels good because it allows the fish in the pleasure center to get fed more than it should. At the end of the drinking, well how much you drank will determine how much “water” you need to clean and put back through the filter. But it does flush out.
    Now THC in the tank is a different story. It is more like sand or grit and extra food that gets put into the water. It goes to the fish and slaps them across the face. It gets in the gills and stays around for a while making hard for the fish to work together. The first puffs caused by this new stuff does make you feel different even “good” but soon the fish figure ways around what is bothering them and things slowly get back to where they were. It does not get picked up by the water filter system. It stays around being digested.
    Now tell me which is more dangerous?

  8. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    It always amazes me that people will get all excited about consuming an artificial sweetener or a genetically modified ear of corn which have been studied to death but will happily ingest a drug grown and distributed by some unknown source without concern.

  9. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    Ted,

    That study got completely debunked and the media isn’t bothering to correct their mistake. You are part of the mistake now.

    Link1, Link2.

  10. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    The Reefer Madness Crowd will point to this study ad nauseum and tell us that “We must jail pot smokers for 20 years for their own good.”

    I think it should be legalized.
    1) I have seen no evidence to indicate it is worse then many other drugs on the market i.e. Caffeine, Nicotine, Alcohol, etc.
    2) I’m tired of being asked to fund the Cops, Courts and Prisons it takes to remove these harmless naer-do-wells from the streets.
    3) This is a free country. The Nanny state should be abolished and the aholes that think they know what is best for everyone else should be the ones put in jail. If the only harm is to yourself we should leave you to pursue your happiness in the way that best suits you.

    I would like to see a serious study funded to show the cost benefit analysis for society of criminalizing marijuana. And if the numbers are no worse then Alcohol then it should be legalized.

  11. mrgoberg

    mrgoberg GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    I am personally disappointed in you, Mr. Rall. Your work has always had the hallmark of someone who looks past the headline and gets to the heart of a story before reacting. This is one more of the “shocking” science headlines that lazy journalists generate out of press releases on subjects they do not understand. I respectfully request you read this analysis of the study you describe.
    http://io9.com/does-researching-casual-marijuana-use-cause-brain-abnor-1565519493

  12. Rx71Wm29

    Rx71Wm29 GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    “That’s the study with the sample size of 20, right? Fail.”
    #
    Said the guy sucking on a bong!

  13. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @NickCC23

    FoxNews heavily reported on the Korean ferry, but I’m pretty sure it happened.

  14. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @GreggW

    I am a liberal when it comes to legalization. I am against criminalization. After all, alcohol is legal and very dangerous to society.

    That said, I have seen pot destroy the lives of many friends and acquaintances. It is often a gateway to coke and other more harmful drugs. And it really does make people stupider and more forgetful.

    I don’t think anyone should smoke pot. But I don’t think the government should ban it. It’s a personal decision.

    Besides, the more people smoke pot, the smarter I seem by comparison.

  15. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @Beckworth

    Carl Sagan was brilliant, but that’s a logical fallacy. As smart as he was, perhaps he would have been smarter had he not smoked pot.

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