The Science of Cannabis

Below you will find links to recent studies showing the safety and efficacy of cannabis, as a medicine and as a safer recreational choice than other well-accepted substances.  We may outline them later or give better details for each, but for now, especially if you think we’re making all of this up, please just click through these if you want to know the truth.  This should dispel any notions that it can hurt your lungs, brain development, or make you a less safe driver.  This is by no means a complete list, neither, other websites have much more compelling compilations of the research.  We picked some of the most credible, but please, do your own research as well.

Cannabis’ Safety

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/23/marijuana-may-be-even-safer-than-previously-thought-researchers-say/

http://worldtruth.tv/smoking-marijuana-is-114-times-safer-than-drinking-alcohol-study/

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1104848

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19679602

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9001303

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3492159 Tashkin’s study  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJmQ16cGBHU

Cannabis’ Lack of Driving Impairment

http://norml.org/library/item/marijuana-and-driving-a-review-of-the-scientific-evidence

http://healthland.time.com/2011/12/02/why-medical-marijuana-laws-reduce-traffic-deaths/

http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/Misc/driving/s1p2.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2722956/

http://www.4autoinsurancequote.com/uncategorized/reasons-why-marijuana-users-are-safe-drivers/

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2014/04/marijuana-dui_case_tossed_by_a.php

Cannabis Does NOT Kill Your Brain Cells!

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20030701/heavy-marijuana-use-doesnt-damage-brain

http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/does-marijuana-kill-brain-cells

http://norml.org/component/zoo/category/cannabis-and-the-brain-a-user-s-guide

It Actually Promotes Brain Cell Growth

http://www.jci.org/articles/view/25509

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0063529

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8930251

And probably the most damning of all evidence, this patent for “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants,” held by the US Health Department.  Our federal government produced all kinds of evidence in order to be awarded this patent, and just look at the claims.  “This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”  How the US Health Department can make these claims while the DEA refutes them in order to continue prohibition, is unconscionable and hypocrisy at its worst.
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN.&OS=PN/6630507&RS=PN/6630507

Hopefully this will adequately address any concerns about the feared harms of cannabis.  There are other studies that contradict some of these, we will admit, but this is just a short list of the opposing research, and the last one is the most convincing, in our opinion.  Also, cannabis has yet to be listed as a primary cause of death… ever… anywhere in the world.  As Dr. Sanjay Gupta put it…

 

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