Obama, Cigarettes and Cannabis

President-Elect Barack Obama has promised not to smoke cigarettes in the White House. Does not smoking in the house mean smoking in the entryways of the White House? Out in the Rose Garden?

Cigarettes are not just the most lethal drug confronting America, they are also the most addictive. The power of cigarette’s grip on human behavior its remarkably demonstrated by our next president. Barack Obama is literally the alpha male of human competence and self control. Master campaigner, victorious debater, now triumphantly poised to assume the most important job on the planet!

Yet still, of all people, the President-elect is not able to summon the will to not smoke tobacco cigarettes. As much as he would like to quit, as much as Michelle and the girls want him to quit, he will presumably duck out of the White House, furtively avoiding his family and to the chagrin of his Secret Service detail, light up a cigarette. Statistically, the smoke will cost him 11 1/2 minutes of his life, and each pack of 20 cigarettes will cost him 3 1/2 hours from his life.

Like most people who become addicted to cigarettes, Obama began as a teenager. Recent evidence shows that just a few cigarettes smoked by an adolescent can set up a lifelong addiction. Tobacco cigarettes were not the only drug smoked (and inhaled), “That was the point” by young Barack Obama:

  • One drug, cannabis with cannabinoids, he used and inhaled. Later, Obama stopped using cannabis when he chose to do so.
  • The other drug, tobacco cigarettes with nicotine, he also used and inhaled. Later, Obama could not totally stop using when he chose to do so.

Receptor discrimination?

When the young Obama smoked a tobacco cigarette, the main drug he inhaled was nicotine. Nicotine activates trans membrane receptors in cells, specifically the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (AChR ). In less 10 seconds after taking a puff of tobacco smoke, nicotine molecules crossed his blood-brain barrier and fit like tiny keys into a locks normally activated by the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. Nictoine causes the receptors to activate, change shape and initiate a chemical cascade. Young Barack would have felt modest elevation of energy and mood from AChR receptor activation.

When the young Obama smoked a cannabis “joint,” the main drug he inhaled was THC, short for Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol. THC activates trans membrane receptors in cells, specifically the cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. In less than 10 seconds after taking a puff of cannabis smoke, THC molecules crossed his blood-brain barrier and fit like tiny keys into a locks normally activated by the neurotransmitter, anandamide. THC causes the CB1 (and CB2) receptors to activate, change shape and initiate a chemical cascade. Young Barack would have felt mild euphoria from CB1 receptor activation.

Nicotine is a powerful insecticide. THC is a powerful neuroprotective antioxidant, anti inflammatory and analgesic. Tobacco smoking is highly carcinogenic. No smoke inhalation is a good thing (nor is it necessary with the advent of vaporizers, but cannabis smoking is apparently not carcinogenic. Indeed, THC exhibits several capabilities for preventing, even shrinking tumors.

Tobacco use kills over 1,200 Americans each day. Cannabis use kills 0 Americans each day.

Legal Sanctions

The contrast in legal sanctions for young Barack’s smoking activities are the most startling. If Barack had been caught underage with cigarettes, the punishment, if any, would have been minor. Certainly nothing that would jeopardize his career and future presidential run.

Had Barack been caught and arrested for possesstion of cannabis, though, his future would have immediately dimmed. If given a felony conviction and jailed, as would be possible because of cannabis’  misguided, draconian Schedule 1 listing, Barack would likely now be unemployed. Luckily, because Barack avoided arrest, the “justice” system missed its opportunity to crush the life and career of our next president.

Tragically, Obama’s choice for Attorney General, Eric Holder, holds neocon, authoritarian views on exactly this issue. When part of the Clinton Administration, serving as US Attorney for Washington D.C., he pushed for mandatory jail time for young people caught with cannabis in that city.

Hopefully, as Barack Obama puffs on his occasional cigarette outside the White House, he will think of the vast 2,000,000+ prisoner gulag stretched out across America before him. Far too many of these prisoners languish in jail because they were snared by the dishonest, cruel and self-serving laws against a plant. More Americans are arrested for cannabis possession than all violent crimes combined.

As you take your smoke, please think, Mr. President, of all these American lives being crushed and crippled by such torments as mandatory minimums.  Eric Holder gleefully fed young cannabis prisoners to this incarceration industry and as AG may force many more American lives and families down into the grinder.  All for contact with a substance with true medical value, as opposed to the tobacco cigarettes from which Mr. President, huddled outside the White House, draws another nicotine puff.

65 thoughts on “Obama, Cigarettes and Cannabis

  1. I am thinking of a new campaign: Save 400,000 lives each year. Mandate the substitution of cannabis for tobacco in all cigarette products.

    What could anyone say to object to this? They say, it sends a wrong message to the children. We say, 400,000 lives each year. They say, cannabis gets you high. We say, 400,000 lives each year. They say, gateway drug. We say, 400,000 lives each year

    Get my drift? Basically, 400,000 lives per year nullifies virtually any argument. What do you think?

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  3. 96% of chronic users in my applicant population tried cigarettes at about the same age they also tried pot and alcohol; two thirds became daily smokers and about 1/2 of them have had extreme difficulty becoming abstinent, much like Obama. It’s almost certain that he hasn’t smoked pot in quite a while ( would never have been elected),

    It’s thus ironic that one of the benefits of chronic pot use is that it diminishes use of both alcohol and and tobacco, probably because its a much better (and safer) anxiolytic than either.
    http://www.harmreductionjournal.com/content/4/1/16

  4. percentage of cigarette smokers nowadays was very high. so it means that many people now were addict to cigarettes and i think its really hard for them to avoid now using it but they should remember that there are lot of illnesses that cigarette smooking can give to them.. cigarette smookers should really find an alternative to use. Marijuana could be the one of the alternatives that they can use..

  5. cigarette smokers have a high percentage which people now are in to. but they should consider the illnesses that cigarette can give to their health. its more better if they use marijuana than cigarette because marijuana has lot of benefits in our health..

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  7. I’m still baffled that cigarettes are legal in this country and marijuanna is put in the same category as addictive drugs like heroine. What the marijuana community needs is lots of education and financial support like tobacco has with their powerful lobbies. There really needs to be a paradigm shift in the public’s eyes regarding how horrible cigarettes are (they’ll basically guarantee you an early death) and by contrast how harmless marijuana is. Also now with products like the iolite portable vaporizer people can enjoy their herb just as easily as they did their cigarettes, except the substance is safer and there’s no combustion causing harmful smoke to enter your lungs. I see bright things in the future, and hopefully the public will soon open their eyes and see the obvious.

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