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Marijuana more dehydrating than alcohol reports fresh water advocate during radio interview with William Bennett co-author

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Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research and host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® interviews Robert White, co-author of “Going to Pot: How the rush to legalize marijuana is harming America”.

Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) February 18, 2015

Smoking marijuana (cannabis) is physically dehydrating to the human body according to water advocate and talk show host Sharon Kleyne. In fact, Kleyne asserts, marijuana dehydrates the body faster than alcohol. Kleyne made her comments during a recent radio interview with author Robert A. White, about the health effects of marijuana and the trend towards legalization.

Kleyne interviewed White on the Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show of February 16, 2015. For podcasts of that and other past shows, go to

The syndicated radio show, hosted by Sharon Kleyne, is heard weekly on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The education oriented show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua® Research, a global research and technology center founded by Kleyne and specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere and dehydration. Nature’s Mist® Face of the Water® is the Research Center’s signature product for dry and dehydrated skin and eyes.

Robert A. White is co-author, with former government war-on-drugs director William Bennett, of the book “Going to Pot: Why the rush to legalize marijuana is harming America” (Center Street, February 3, 2015). Mr. White is an attorney in Washington DC.

Ninety-percent of the United States population, Kleyne estimates, is at least moderately dehydrated. Dehydration can cause temporary memory loss, lack of ability to focus, fatigue, cardiac symptoms, constipation, digestive problems, dry mouth malnutrition and tooth decay. Dehydration weakens the body’s immune system and impairs its ability to detoxify harmful substances that enter the body.

Dehydration, Kleyne notes, begins at birth when we enter into the atmosphere. The human body, like the atmosphere, is a water recycling machine that constantly uses water, eliminates waste water and takes in new water. Water can either be ingested or absorbed by the skin and lungs from the water vapor in the atmosphere,. Without atmospheric water vapor, all human life would quickly dry up and die. A healthy human body is about 70 percent water.

In an already dehydrated body, the addition of 10 to 20 milligrams of a toxin such as THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, will speed up the rate of dehydration and increase the amount of harm done by both dehydration and by the toxin.

Some marijuana advocates support the concept of increasing water consumption while smoking marijuana.* Others dispute the allegation, although their research, in Kleyne’s estimation, appear flawed. If 75 to 99 percent of the population is dehydrated, says Kleyne, it is illogical, for example, that in a sampling of 100 marijuana users, only five would be dehydrated.

  • “Drink more water when you smoke cannabis,” 420 Magazine, May 6, 2012

White expressed several health concerns involving marijuana use, in addition to dehydration. A child who begins smoking marijuana in their teens at least once a week, according to White, will lose eight IQ points by the time they reach the full growth. These children have a 17 percent chance of becoming addicted to marijuana and and remaining addicted for life.

Although advertising for alcohol and tobacco is becoming increasing regulated in the U.S so as not to entice children, White noted, advertising of recently legalized marijuana is permitted in Colorado. White also noted that 50 percent of legal marijuana sales in Colorado are in the form of edibles, including candy. Colorado hospitals, according to White, have seen an increase in children who accidentally ingested marijuana food products.

Advocates of marijuana legalization, says White, take about increased government revenue from taxation. They do not, however, consider the full cost of marijuana legalization. With alcohol, White noted, the amount of government revenue taken in income from alcohol sales is about one tenth the total amount of government expenditures on alcohol related crime, auto accidents, medical problems and treatment programs.

Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) February 18, 2015 — Smoking marijuana (cannabis) is physically dehydrating to the human body according to water advocate and talk show

Can Marijuana Cause Dehydration?

Can Cannabis Cause Dehydration?

Many people feel thirsty after consuming cannabis, and some attribute “dry mouth” to the feeling of being dehydrated. While having a dry mouth is a common side effect to cannabis, it isn’t necessarily a sign of dehydration. But the question remains, can marijuana cause dehydration?

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What Causes Thirst?

According to the Mayo Clinic 1 , “Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don’t replace lost fluids, you will get dehydrated. Anyone may become dehydrated, but the condition is especially dangerous for young children and older adults.” 1 The typical side effects of consuming cannabis, feeling dazed or dizzy, can be misunderstood as a feeling of thirst. Some symptoms of dehydration are confusion, dizziness, dark urine, and fatigue, memory loss, lack of focus, constipation, digestive problems, malnutrition, and tooth decay. 2-3 Thirst is typically a late-indicator of dehydration, rather than an early symptom. For this reason, when a person experiences dry mouth just after consuming cannabis but felt fine before, it is unlikely that the feeling of thirst was caused by the cannabis. 2

Marijuana Hangover?

Some users report a feeling of being “hungover” after a night of consuming cannabis, similar to what they might feel after a night of drinking alcohol. Along with dry mouth, users from a 1985 study “to examine the effects of marijuana the day after” reported symptoms like eye redness, lethargy, decreased alertness, impaired memory, and learning problems. 4 Also known as “cotton mouth,” dry mouth is not an indication of dehydration, but rather, one common symptom of consuming cannabis. As salivary glands react to the THC in marijuana, they temporarily stop producing saliva, leaving the mouth dry and the user feeling thirsty. On the other hand, due to the minor diuretic properties of cannabis, diarrhea is another known side effect to using it. If in the rare occurrence one experiences uncontrolled diarrhea, it could lead to slight dehydration. 5

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Another rare condition that can happen in heavy users of cannabis is called “Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS).” Along with dehydration symptoms, the syndrome triggers “cyclic episodes of nausea and vomiting and frequent hot bathing [to alleviate the nausea and vomiting].” 6 The cause of CHS is unknown, but research leads scientists to believe it is linked to interactions between the cannabinoids in marijuana and the gastrointestinal tract. “It turns out that the digestive tract has a number of molecules that bind to THC . . . that means marijuana can affect the digestive tract in a number of ways, such as changing the time it takes the stomach to empty. 2 Young adults are among the most frequent users of cannabis, and as such, account for the most cases of CHS. Of those cases, patients are those who have used cannabis for, on average, 3.4 to 16.3 years and typically use marijuana more than three to five times daily. 6

Cedars Sinai Medical Hospital proposes another theory for the cause of CHS. They say, “With the first use of marijuana, the signals from the brain may be more important. That may lead to anti-nausea effects at first. But with repeated use of marijuana, certain receptors in the brain may stop responding to the drug in the same way. That may cause the repeated bouts of vomiting found in people with CHS.” To diagnose CHS, doctors may run blood tests to rule out anemia, inflection, improper electrolyte levels, liver and pancreas enzymes, pregnancy, urinary issues, and drug-related causes. Other tests may include X-rays, an upper endoscopy, and a head and/or abdominal CT scan. 9 Recovery from CHS can last from days to months with some patients requiring hospitalization, especially to ensure they remain properly hydrated. 6

Drink More Water

Regardless of one’s cannabis use regimen, drinking water is critical for proper health. According to the American Medical Association, “Most of us do not drink enough water, and as a result, our blood becomes more viscous, increasing the likelihood that a clot will suddenly form at the site of a plaque formation.” 7 Dehydration is so common, that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, some with no indication or symptoms to make them aware of it. While using marijuana can seem to cause dehydration because it often leads to a dry mouth, the more reasonable explanation for dehydration is not taking in enough fluids. Whether cannabis causes dehydration or not, drinking enough water is imperative to health and relieves the symptoms of dehydration. 7 How much water? The Mayo Clinic reports, “Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years. But your individual water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are, and where you live . . . Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.” The average person, they say, should consume about 15.5 cups for men, and 11.5 cups for women. 8

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