by David Downs
Take a CGI tour of the human body whilst it smokes the reefer in new National Geographic special Drugged: High on Marijuana, airing this Sunday, January 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. "Most medicines that doctors prescribe, there’s a lot of side effects, there’s a lot of risk and you have to balance out the risk benefit ratio, but with cannabis it’s very much non-toxic," friend of LN and author of The Pot Book Dr. Julie Holland tells NatGeo in the special. Video after the jump.
"In the last year, 28 million Americans have rolled a joint, smoked a pipe, sparked up a bong or eaten a pot brownie. Now, follow an entire marijuana high in an adult from start to finish, beginning with the inhalation of cannabis smoke. Using vivid CGI, see how the chemicals slip through a stoned subject’s membranes lining the lungs and into the bloodstream, then on to the heart, up the spine and into the brain. Find out why users get red eyes and the so-called munchies, and explore the difference in the body when cannabis is eaten rather than smoked. We’ll see what role genetics might play in a person’s response to cannabis, take a look at the mysteries of why a high sometimes turns to a low and learn more from the forefront of current marijuana research."
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Drugged: High on Marijuana is part of a series also profiling cocaine, and ecstacy — but not alcohol, even though it's among the most toxic drugs on the planet. In California, roughly 3,500 people will die each year from alcohol-related illness and there will be more than 109,000 alcohol-related injuries. Conversely, pot caused 181 emergency room visits in 2008, according to a study by the non-partisan RAND Corporation, mostly from people passing out due to low blood pressure. Watch the video to learn why.