IS CANNABIS A SAFE MEDICINE?
“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 Corresponent, CNN
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 the neuroregenerative properties of cannabis.
You can explore the most commonly perpetuated myths regarding the dangers of cannabis in the sub-pages of this section covering addiction, lung cancer and mental health issues including anxiety, depression, psychoses and schizophrenia.
From these pages you may come to realise that there is apparently no basis at all to the purported dangers of cannabis. Credible evidence suggests that any dangers associated with the use of cannabis are the results of prohibition, and not of cannabis itself. The only truly dangerous thing about using cannabis as a medicine is its illegality.
"Cannabis has far fewer side effects than sympathomimetic drugs but works as well or better [to treat ADHD]."
– David Bearman, MD and Expert Witness, (USA, 2014)
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