The Miami Causeway Cannibal story is taking another unusual turn, with one drug addiction expert saying she "wouldn't rule out" marijuana as the cause of Rudy Eugene's attack on Ronald Poppo.
Tell that to the pot smokers who use it, eh? With that kind of news getting out who would agree to legalize marijuana, right?
The drug addiction expert also said she wouldn't rule out that Rudy Eugene may have used the Sativa-type marijuana.
Dr. Patricia Junquera, the drug expert in question, is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry with the University of Miami Miller School of Science. And she says that some people don't realize there are two strains of marijuana.
Most people are more familiar with the strain Indica, which gives the user the sleepy feeling and later brings on the munchies. But the Sativa strain of pot increases dopamine in the brain. It also gives the user energy and makes them less affected by pain.
That's a powerful drug hiding behind the fake illusion that it's the same as the pot smoked in the 1960s and later, but it isn't, Dr. Junquera said.
In fact, a marijuana grower could feasibly grow both kinds and combine the two when sold for all the general public knows.
And it is that inability to determine what is given to whom on the drug market that makes it possible for Rudy Eugene to have used Sativa marijuana instead of the Indica strain.
CBS News reported that Junquera said, "People don't really know what the amount of either is in each little packet of marijuana."
And that's certainly true, as marijuana is still an illegal substance purchased from the illegal drug seller for the most part in the U.S.
Furthermore, toxicology blood testing methods are unable to differentiate between the two strain types, and even less so once someone is deceased and an autopsy is performed according to the medical expert. So trying to ascertain from someone's blood sample (before or after death) which strain of cannabis they used doesn't help police investigating the crime.
Add to that the possibility that a mental disorder in a user could exacerbate the dopamine levels in the brain and the Miami "Causeway Cannibal" type attack being due to pot smoking isn't as farfetched as some want to believe.
Even the Associated Press reported that Dr. Junquera, a recognized drug expert, would not rule out that marijuana caused the agitation that led to the face-eating attack in Miami.