Hello, again to all of our faithful followers as well as to those of you who are new readers! For those returning readers, it is pretty common knowledge that Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who educates his readers as well as his patients about all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health. If you are new to this blog, welcome to you and we are inviting you to follow along as we learn some things you may not have known before, as we get into part 3 of a new article series which covers marijuana use and gum disease. Let’s get started, shall we?
Our Last Segment
In our last segment, we began a discussion about twenty-five interesting and unusual facts about marijuana. We also discussed briefly why some of these things, as well as other things, may be important to you — mainly because more and more states are legalizing marijuana for medical use while others are going a step further to legalize it for non-medical uses. Since the use of this cannabis is becoming more prevalent, we feel that you should know as much about it as possible, especially if you or a loved one are currently involved or plan to become involved in its use. We can never know too much about what we’re putting into our bodies.
More of the Interesting and Unusual 25
- Naming the Strains – For those readers who are wine drinkers, you can likely appreciate having a particular taste for the various types of wines on the market. For the appreciator of marijuana, the various “tastes” of marijuana which can be utilized can be a matter of preference as well. I’ll bet most of you didn’t even know there were “varieties” of marijuana…I sure didn’t! So, are the varieties so because of the difference between the marijuana plants used? Well, sort of…the location from which the cannabis is received is also part of the process. Basically, names like “purple haze, “chocolope” and “green crack” have traditionally been associated with marijuana, but those weird names come simply from a “brainstorming” session that occurs after the strain is developed and done, they call up friends, smoke and come up with a name for it. It’s certainly not very scientific, but I guess it works…
- Is the “high” in the air? There are probably places where you’d expect to see a “pot haze” over the city or a specific area, but those Grateful Dead concerts or those rallies in support of marijuana legalization aren’t the ones to which we refer. What about the air around the Roman Colosseum or the Pantheon? Would you expect to see it there? Well, for your edification, in 2012, the air around Rome was tested and it contained traces of marijuana in the air. Cities like Rome, Bologna, Florence, Naples, Milan, Turin, Verona and Palermo were also tested and other psychotropic substances like cocaine, nicotine and caffeine were also found. Before you freak out about your safety as you travel to these cities, we must share the fact that scientists are assuring us that, at this time, those substances are not being found in high enough concentrations to affect human health.
- Marijuana in your baby’s soap? Well, probably not, but in 2012 in the state of North Carolina, increases in newborn babies who were testing positive for marijuana in their urine caused some alarm. This was a concern because it meant that, potentially, the moms were smoking … a situation which lead to the involvement of social services. Further investigation revealed that the positive tests were coming from ingredients in baby soaps which were responsible for the false positives…the moms weren’t using…the babies were just soapy!
- How green is your marijuana? Did you know that to grow 2.2 pounds of marijuana indoors takes as much energy as that which is required to drive a car, which gets 44 miles to the gallon, across the country five times! While the plants can be grown outdoors to reduce its carbon footprint (and make it greener), the demand for the product precludes that type of growing year round … and … those grow lights consume a great deal of energy!
- Skin contact can cause health issues – Workers in Albania were found to suffer from intestinal, flu-like symptoms after prolonged skin contact by the harvesting and packaging marijuana by hand. Also, the endangered spotted owl in Mendocino, California have also been found dead from the rat poison that is being put out by those growing the plant illegally in isolated areas.
- Marijuana is getting stronger – Did you know that growers are cultivating “higher octane” strains of marijuana? In 2016, researchers measured the non-psychoactive compounds as well as the psychoactive compounds in over 38,000 seized samples of the cannabis from 1995 to 2014 and found that the non-psychoactive compounds had decreased while the psychoactive compounds had increased over 14 times since 1995. This means that the THC (psychoactive compound), which accelerates the effects of the marijuana, can cause increased side effects as well as increase the price of the weed.
- At the heart of cardiac controversy – It is true that you really can’t overdose on marijuana like is possible with other drugs, like heroin or cocaine. However, there is some controversy which has been raised by German researchers about how it can affect the heart and cardiac system. This controversy came after two young men in their 20’s, who were otherwise healthy without any history of cardiac problems, died suddenly with either marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia on their person. As one would expect, the research will go on to see if a true relationship exists.
We’ve only gotten halfway through the list and, wow, is this some interesting and unusual stuff, or what? The world of marijuana and how its use affects the human body is still being explored, with more information becoming available every year. What’s not still being explored is the importance of getting established and maintaining a regular home dental regimen which is supported by the services of dental professional. Dr Scharf wants to be be your Periodontist in Long Island. In that role, he can help to identify and treat gum disease in any member of your family. Call him at (631)661-6633 or pay him a visit online at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.