Every parent and educator responsible for a child up to 8th or 9th grade will find the tools here to help him learn the difference between tobacco, alcohol and cannabis and other drugs. The aim of this course is that the child:
Is tobacco a drug?
No. This product is harmful, toxic and dangerous for the health. We all know that using tobacco increases the risks of cancers, cardiovascular disease ...
Tobacco is not a psychotrope. Young people are the first to say that if tobacco made us “high” we would have no need for cannabis.
Tobacco is highly addictive (difficult to go without) but does not cause habituation (the need to increase the dose and then change products to obtain the same effect). The smoker will move from one cigarette to a pack a day, maybe two ... but he will stay on tobacco. It is far from the habituation associated with psychotropic drugs.
Tobacco is not a psychotrope. It does not affect the spirit, or change behaviour, we can get into a car driven by a smoker, we can talk to him with no problem. A smoker can succeed with long and difficult studies, tobacco will not be the cause of repeating a year or affect one’s academic trajectory.
You do not become a drug addict by using tobacco!
And alcohol ?
Alcohol is a sedative drug. Drinking regularly in large doses, one becomes an alcoholic.
Once an alcoholic, a person has only one solution: abstinence (ceasing to take all psychotropic substances).
Can you name some types of alcohol for me?
Cider, red wine, beer, whisky, cognac, vodka ...
A person who has a glass of wine or two every day will not become an alcoholic. If he has a large amount of alcohol or strong liquor regularly, that person will become an alcoholic.
We cannot get on a scooter or in a car with someone who has drunk a lot of alcohol.
If a person takes alcohol too much and too often, they will become alcoholic.
Is it dangerous to have a little joint from time to time?
See the section cannabis
Yes, cannabis is a gateway to drugs, it leads to drug addiction. It leads not only to dependency but also habituation, ie it is necessary to increase the number of joints (the level of active ingredient) to achieve the same effects. This is inevitable. This explains why users become poly-consumers (they will change their drug little by little, all the time keeping cannabis as a standby).
A drug user always says “I control the drugs, I can stop whenever I want to”. Is he right?
No, it is always the drug which controls the person, because drugs are psychotropes, they affect the spirit.
Did you know:
- Cannabis stays in the body for a minimum of 28 days
- Cannabis is released into the bloodstream in times of stress or fear and frequently causes traffic accidents and violence
- The consumption of all psychotropic drugs (which affects the spirit), legal or illegal, causes malaise, depression, suicide
- Alcohol is a potentalizer for all drugs, ie consuming alcohol and drugs together causes the mutual increase of their effects. The user will then quickly become a drug addict
- The mix of alcohol and cannabis makes you high and can cause an ethyl induced coma
- A user of psychotropic drugs is at greater risk under anesthetic
How do you stop taking drugs?
It takes 6-8 months for a regular consumer to completely stop his consumption of cannabis. Never forget that a consumer is under the influence of the product. He no longer has the desire to stop.
He must reduce and then cease consumption himself. Only abstinence is safe and allows a total withdrawal. Antidepressants or any other legal drug cannot be used as surrogates, they seriously affect health and withdrawal.
Did you know that poppers are the second most consumed drug in France after cannabis?
Volatile nitrates have similar effects to nitrous oxide.
It can also cause panic attack, palpitations and headaches. It is also responsible for death from anoxia.
It is carcinogenic and causes serious immune deficiencies.
This vasodilator is used in medicine with multiple precautions to counter heart disease and coronary spasms of angina.
It can cause cardiovascular and pulmonary incidents.
More and more, we are hearing testimony from school nurses, or students concerning the recreational use of poppers by high school students, boys and girls who have absolutely no idea of the dangers.
It is sought after for its rapid highs, poppers augment for a few seconds the mass of the brain and all the organs of the body with its psychedelic effects. These young people are totally unaware that they are putting their lives in serious danger and are causing the premature aging of their organs: brain, liver, lungs, heart, kidneys, etc ...
There have been a number of cases of irreversible vision loss due to the degradation of the photoreceptive cells in the retina due to using it recreationally.
Cocaine is a strong powerful stimulant, did you know that it causes a very strong dependency?
Cocaine is made from part of the coca leaf. There are over 200 types of coca in South America, of which 2 types have leaves particularly rich in alkaloids.
The producing countries are Peru, Colombia and Bolivia.
During the chemical process for extracting cocaine, 98% of the nutritive and medical components of the leaf are destroyed.
Once picked, the leaves are put to soak for several days in a sort of lime.
Then a solvent, eg kerosene, is added.
After that the leaves are removed, sulfuric acid is poured in and one has crack, cocaine base.
To make cocaine, it must then be dissolved in acetone, hydrochloric acid and then pure alcohol.
To get 1kg of cocaine base takes
150 - 500kg of coca leaves, the quantity varies depending on the country and quality of the leaves.
250 - 600kg chemical product.
The chemical products used will then spread into the soil.
The effects of cocaine
stimulant of the central nervous system
cerebral attacks and hemorrhage
(very dangerous due to high blood pressure)
immune system deficiencies
perforated nasal septum
(caused by kerosene and other chemical products)
To learn more see the detailed description of other drugs, they can be found under the heading Psychotropic drugs/Pschotropic drugs: a detailed description.
A drug-addict is someone who takes drugs in order to solve problems created by taking drugs. S/he thinks that s/he can stop taking them whenever s/he wants, however, in spite of the harmful consequences caused by consuming drugs, s/he cannot. If the drug-addict experiences withdrawal symptoms he will think only about providing himself with drugs even if it means acting against his morals. The demand is so strong that anything linked with will, effort, love or morals gradually disappears completely. Lies, violence, aggressiveness, moral or physical suffering, self-harm, being afraid to take part in everyday life become the norm. Because of these evil acts, the drug-addict looses his/her self-esteem and goes deeper into loneliness and suicidal urges.
In 1968, it contained from 0,6 to 6% of THC – TetraHydroCannabinol - principal active substance. In recent years through genetic modifications, hybrids and greenhouse cultures, it can contain up to 35% of THC. Nowadays, cannabis consumed by teenagers does not have anything in common with what their parents knew. For more information about cannabis see “Technical Information” section.
When you consume alcohol and cannabis simultaneously, these products mutually increase their effects. The current practice is to use alcohol and cannabis at the same time. Many young people nowadays use this common method to try to get “stoned”.
No parent would lend his car to his child knowing he/she has not learnt to drive. It would also be unconscionable to let one’s teenager go out without having taught him/her what drugs are. Nowadays availability of these products is such that youth can procure them in all the places they frequent – educational establishments, parties, class dinners, rallies, sport clubs... Parents must inform themselves objectively and scientifically about the products so to educate their children on drugs and provide them with the arguments to refuse them. Let us remember that drug addiction doesn’t just happen to others!
The half-life of an active substance is the time required by a healthy body, with no previous drug use, to eliminate 50% of the absorbed substance. In the case of cannabis, the half-life is 96 hours or 4 days. This means that within 4 days the body has eliminated 50% of the initial dose. 4 days later, there will be 25% of the product left… Within 28 days, cannabis will be totally eliminated from the body of a person who has not consumed it regularly. Traces of decayed THC may be found in a regular consumer’s body up to 40 days after the last take. According to Dr Chamayou’s thesis, 18 months are needed to be completely cleared of cannabis.
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