Statistics gathered by the City of Aspen, and published in the Aspen Times, reveal that during two consecutive months in 2015 – March and April – sales of cannabis from the city's seven marijuana dispensaries exceeded those of liquor stores.
From the Aspen Times:
"The monthly breakdown of 2015 marijuana and alcohol sales shows marijuana generally trailing alcohol, though not by much. Marijuana sales eclipsed alcohol sales in both March and April, according to the statistics.
"Perhaps because of spring break, the $998,418 worth of marijuana sold in March was the city's highest monthly total of the year, and was about $140,000 more than alcohol sales that month. April's pot sales of $455,935 were about $13,000 more than that month's alcohol sales."
Aside from raising more than $230,000 in tax revenues, while lessening police officers' workloads and presumably making residents a little happier, the shift in consumption could theoretically also lead to lower cancer rates in Aspen – as it could in other places where the sale of marijuana has been legalized.
The connection between alcohol and cancer
It has been proven that alcohol consumption leads to a higher risk of developing several types of cancer and, although the exact biological mechanisms involved are not yet clear, researchers are beginning to understand more as studies on the subject continue.
From a blog post published by Cancer Research UK.org:
"There are seven types of cancer linked to alcohol – bowel, oesophageal (food pipe), larynx (voice box), mouth, pharynx (upper throat), breast (in women), and liver. There's also mounting evidence that heavy drinking might be linked to pancreatic cancer. But how, and why?
"According to Dr Ketan Patel, a Cancer Research UK expert on how alcohol causes cancer: 'We don't really know. We don't fully understand why alcohol causes some cancers and not others.'
"There are some theories, however, although some are stronger than others."
Among these stronger theories are those which concern mouth and throat cancers, "where alcoholic drinks directly damage cells in these tissues."
In the case of liver cancer, it is believed that cirrhosis – the scarring of liver tissue often caused by excessive alcohol consumption – elevates the risk of developing the disease.
There is also evidence to suggest that hormonal levels affected by alcohol consumption may explain the link between alcohol and breast cancer in women.
The elevated risk of cancer is not limited to heavy drinkers:
"While there may be a perception that the health risks of alcohol only apply to heavy drinkers, research is revealing that it's not just drinking large amounts of alcohol that increases your chances of developing cancer – drinking small amounts can be harmful too."
Although ethanol itself is "relatively non-toxic," according to Dr Patel, its conversion into acetaldehyde – a "highly reactive, toxic chemical" – during the body's breakdown of alcohol, is likely the agent which "causes changes that lead to cancer."
Cannabis – a healthier choice
Compared to alcohol, cannabis is far less harmful – roughly 88,000 people die from alcohol abuse each year in the United States, while the number of deaths caused by marijuana is precisely zero.
And while alcohol is linked to elevated cancer risk, marijuana is being used to treat and even cure many forms of cancer.
It could be argued that abstinence from both marijuana and alcohol is the best approach to a healthy lifestyle, but if it comes down to a choice between the two, marijuana is by far the least harmful option.
The crystals on the photo are charged with special healing programs for addictions:
--- food addiction
Not intended to work for smoking addiction, and games addiction, though in some cases it may be possible
You may test them and use for two weeks.
You may imagine them in your hand, or, on your forehead or inside you, like moving it mentally along your spinal column, for 15-20, generally up to 30 min.
The response may be quite fast, especially in emergency cases,which is proven by acupuncture using similar approach. It can be hard to make one meditate on the crystals in such state though. You may instead project mentally the crystals on the sufferer's body like above, and it will work to the extent, you have healing abilities.
It can literally save one from jumping from a window, at withdrawal, in acupuncture mode.
The crystals are charged to work for two weeks from now. Feel free to share your experience wih them in the thread.
Hi all, I need help for my friend. He was recently admitted in the hospital due to his alcohol problem. He has fatty liver, poor balance and hepatitis too. He is unable to stop or reduce alcohol intake. He says about the headache and related problems, but never been ready to leave this drinking. What should we do? Will admitting at any nearby alcohol addiction treatment centre in Alberta like Edgewood help him? Any suggestions?
I sorry that your friend is in such a situation. You are using the word, "we," when talking about his getting help and there is absolutely nothing that you, personally, can do to facilitate his recovery. Nothing, at all. Your friend has to want to facilitate his own recovery and, from your post, it seems as if he's not prepared to do that. Sure, you can spend the outrageous money on admitting him and it might be helpful, to some degree, but long-term success is strictly a personal endeavor that requires intense and dedicated efforts by the addict, alone. Unless your friend seeks help on his own and does the hard work to manage his addiction, no facility or program is going to be of any long-term benefit.
For you, I would strongly encourage you to consider attending Alanon meetings so that you can learn how to manage this situation. You can still care deeply about someone who is addicted, but you will learn that you are not obligated to make their addiction your issue.
I totally agree with SoulfulSurvivor, your friend has to be the one who wants the change. One simple way of having just a small impact on a loved one is setting an example. Having experienced this myself with my brother I can tell you that this is a slow process, my brother came to stay with us and saw that we do not drink and we do not have alcohol in the house. His first reaction was what kind of household is this you do not have any alcohol in the house? He made his own decision first day at our place, if we are not drinking then he will stay sober also, that was a start. As soon as he went to back to England to his family, he started, but he remembered that he felt very different when he stayed with us and did not drink. My wife and I never said that he should not drink. Today it is thirty years he is alcohol free, but he did it himself, his wife also left him alone, never ever said stop drinking.
There are dietary changes that can help. Kudzu is used in eastern cultures for beating alcohol addiction. You can google about it and find how to take it and how much.
Liver cleanses will help tremendously. High doses of Vitamin C, 2000 mg of Ascorbic Acid Crystals in water, 4 times a day is very good for an addict. Raw foods are extremely helpful to revitalize the liver and rest of the body. Rosemary tea during daytime and Chamomile at night time will help, other herbs such as Hawthorne Berry, Passion Flower, Ginko Biloba and Valerian root are very good for addiction of any type.
He needs to stay away from all kinds of sugars, except for fruits. Caffeine in any form has to be avoided as well.
Suggestions can be made by asking a question. For example, "I read about Vitamin C and how it helps our body, do you think you it will help you as well? Do you want to try that?"
Also without pushing too much leave articles for him to discover himself to read and let him make his own decision.
I am also trying to help a friend to quit smoking.
My son is now 40 years old and has had problems every since he was around 7 years old. When he was youug he did not want to go to school, and as he aged it was alcohol and drugs, and his problem with alcohol and drugs has gone on for years. He never did want to be in a relationship with a girl, Well he met this girl and is in a relationship now, She told me last night that he broke down and told her that he drank and did drugs to forget what my 15 year old niece did to him when he was 7 years old. She would make him do cunnilingus on her, and this went on for a long time. My niece and I have always been close and she even works for me, but right now I hate her guts, this is eating me up inside.Any input would be helpful, I don't have anyone to talk to about this, because before if I needed to talk about a problem I would go to my niece
Your son needs to look at the above websites, then take that first step that will get him on the road to healing.
In fact, I suggest that you call RAINN to ask for advice on how to deal with your niece. In the meantime, I think that you should keep your distance from her. Once all the facts come out, then you and your son can decide just how to proceed when it comes to her.
I believe that the episode with your niece has little to do with your son's drug addiction now. Your niece is not demanding cunnilingus now, and your son is a grown up man by now.
If you son wants to get off drugs he will need to treat the underlying biological abnormality that cause him to be addicted to drugs for relief of his symptoms.
Most drug addicts are hypoglycemic. This causes the over-production of stress hormones for which your son is taking calming chemicals (drugs) to counteract the feelings of anxiety and discomfort. Most drug addicts are hypoglycemic.
This illness an be treated without recourse to drugs by going on a Hypoglycemic Diet.
There's healing, which won't require even him talking to psychologist, if this is difficult to him.
There are acupuncture schemes, of three points, very simple, to erase anything harmful in the past, moment or period. They are so simple, you can do them yourself for him, as heating points by incense stick.
For this method it doesn't matter, if the problem is stroke, fracture, or job loss or what you're facing. They invoke the harmony energy relative to THAT TIME, to erase anything harmful NOW.
I have several questions I would grateful if anyone could help me with. I guess first I'm wondering if there's anyone at all who's ever used alcohol to temporarily defeat agoraphobia. I know this site has very few visitors, and even less responders, but am I the only person who's fallen into this trap? Has anyone at all ever managed to overcome this predicament? Secondly, and this is hugely important to me, how is it that alcohol completely nullifies fatigue due to liver damage? If one's liver is seriously damaged, how can something deadly poisonous to the liver overcome the effects of the damaged liver?? I realize that alcohol numbs and masks the body's signals, but it's still completely counter-intuitive that booze somehow soothes the liver, the very organ it's attacking. That's poorly worded but anyone with experience of this will get what trying to say. Is there a kind soul out there who can maybe tell me of a good alcoholism or hepatitis forum somewhere on the net? Alcohol is the one of the most painful curses. I wish to God I could discover a way to help others who are suffering from this madness and horror.
Using alcohol to "cure" agoraphobia isn't going to work. It isn't. I've dealt with crippling agoraphobia for the past 3 years, and I'm slowly emerging with the help of individual counseling, group support, and taking my recovery/healing into my own hands.
When did your symptoms begin? Who diagnosed your condition? What techniques (aside from using substances) are you currently practicing?
There is no such thing as a "one-and-done" approach to ANY emotional/behavioral issue. There isn't. Some people will insist that hypnotism is the answer, and others will insist that adding iodine will cure whatever ails us. None of it is true. It's only true, in part, when combined with various tools and techniques of recovery and healing. The agoraphobia didn't develop because I was missing a key nutritional element, nor did it develop because I had parasites. It developed purely because of my own personal issues and fears. And, all behavioral/emotional issues like that can be managed, but only through using a variety of approaches, not just one.
I would stronly suggest that you begin with a complete physical exam - labs, etc., - to determine if there are any physical issues that might be contributing to your level of anxiety. Then, I would strongly suggest that you seek a trained, licensed, and recommended counseling therapist that specializes in agoraphobia. If you cannot afford one, or you're unable to find one, contact your local mental health hotline for further assistance. Then, I would suggest keeping a log of your anxiety level - note dates, times, triggers, and outcomes. Then, I would recommend keeping a journal of your FEELINGS - how you are feeling and where you believe the feelings came from. I've written this in my CZ blog, but it might be of some use, here. There are only 4 true and recognized emotions: glad, sad, mad, and afraid. Everything else is secondary and more complex. So, focus on those four to determine what you're really feeling, why, and where it came from.
Best wishes to you on your journey of recovery and healing.