“Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical
– Francis Young, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Administrative Law Judge (USA, 1988)
Many well informed researchers, medical practitioners and government
officials believe that cannabis has an almost benign side-effects profile, and is far less dangerous than most other medicines and drugs that we commonly use, including alcohol. You can read an in-depth analysis of the safety of cannabis in comparison to alcohol.
Cannabis has also undergone far more scientific safety testing than most if not all other medicines. You can read an in-depth comparison of the limited research basis surrounding pharmaceutical medicines in comparison to the plethora of reasearch into cannabis.
Research has shown a correlation between cannabis and mental illness, but that
is all. The direction of causality has always been assumed to be that cannabis causes mental illness, and bad science funded by ignorant (some would say misguided, or even corrupt) funding bodies and governments promoting hysteria has reinforced those myths.
"Every 19 minutes someone dies from prescription drug overdose. It doesn't happen with Cannabis."
- Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical
However, much anecdotal evidence and new good science suggests that the opposite is true. Many experts now believe that cannabis is actually a medicine for most mental and neurological conditions, and that people
naturally gravitate to the thing that allows them feel normal again. You can read about