Wednesday, June 19, 2019

There’s no question marijuana is safer than alcohol and other drugs. This fact has been proved by study after study over the past half century.

Marijuana ScientistsBut now a new study suggests weed is even less hazardous than we thought. Statistically speaking, it’s more than 100 times less dangerous than booze and dramatically safer than any other recreational drugs.

The study examined mortality data from people who used alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, or tobacco. Booze, the researchers found, is far and away the most dangerous recreational substance when measured by fatalities and the average lethal dose.

Heroin came in second, cocaine third, tobacco fourth, ecstasy fifth, and meth sixth. Marijuana, meanwhile, came in at a very distant seventh place. That’s partly because the average lethal dose of weed is incredibly high, so much so that a person would have to smoke nearly 1,500 pounds of the stuff in less than half an hour to die.

Alcohol and tobacco cause most fatalities

Alcohol, by contrast, kills roughly 88,000 Americans annually. Heroin is directly responsible for about 4,000 deaths, while nicotine products kill almost half a million people each year.

The lethal dose of nicotine is also very, very high, limiting the immediate risk that comes from smoking cigarettes. But the eventual fatality rate is still much higher for smokers than for drinkers or other drug users.

Because it has no practical lethal limit, cannabis has a mortality rate of zero. It was the only one of the six substances with a low fatality rate.

It’s well accepted, both in the scientific community and in the stoner community, that pot is the safest available recreational drug. Even caffeine carries a risk of death at high doses, though people rarely die from it.

But the new study found the disparity was even greater than previously thought. It reinforces the results of earlier studies that also found pot is safe.

Current pot laws lack scientific basis

Weed is safer than other substances in multiple ways. Stoners rarely commit aggravated assaults or other impulsive violent crimes; outside the black market, potheads just don’t hurt each other. What’s more, pot smokers are safer on the road – about 12 times safer than drunk drivers.

gavel-handcuffsThe scientists behind the study complained that drug laws and penalties are often arbitrary and “lack a scientific basis.” For example, the Controlled Substances Act, a 1970 law that classifies a host of controlled drugs, doesn’t apply to cigarettes or liquor.

Cannabis, on the other hand, is listed under schedule 1, the category reserved for highly dangerous drugs that are likely to be abused and have no widely acknowledged medical uses. Other substances in this schedule include heroin and ecstasy. Even cocaine doesn’t rank as high.

The researches said they support reforms that take “a strict legal regulatory approach rather than the current prohibition approach.” In other words, politicians should try to save lives instead of legislating morality.

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Still have doubts about the health benefits of marijuana? This list should lay them to rest!

Marijuana has been used by many civilizations for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years. Western medical science has been comparatively slow to catch on, but seems to have been making up for lost time. Nowadays, doctors in the legal states are just as likely to prescribe marijuana-based concoctions as they would chemical medications commonly prescribed only a few years ago.

Here are some of the recognized health benefits of marijuana.

1.   Eases migraines

One of the earliest recorded medicinal uses of marijuana is for the treatment of migraines. Marijuana contains over a hundred different compounds called cannabinoids, and many of these are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. It also has recognized pain relief and anti-nausea qualities, which make it ideally suited for migraine relief.

2.   Prevents the spread of cancer

There are indications that marijuana can prevent the spread of cancer and shrink tumors. This theory is supported by a California Pacific Medical Center study published in the Molecular Cancer Therapeutics journal in 2007. In the study, it was revealed that cannabidiol inhibits the growth of a gene called Id-1, effectively halting cancer in its tracks.

3.   Eases the symptoms of chronic diseases

Marijuana has been shown to be effective at easing the symptoms of certain chronic conditions. It has also been proven to help patients manage the side effects of cancer and HIV medications.

4.   Slows the progress of Alzheimer’s disease

One of the most promising health benefits of marijuana is its potential to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. In a Scripps Research Institute study conducted by Kim Janda, which was published in the Molecular Pharmaceutics journal in 2006, it was revealed that the THC in marijuana slows down amyloid plaque development, which has been identified as one of the primary causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

5.  Controls glaucoma

One of the earliest recognized health benefits of marijuana is its ability to ease and even reverse the effects of glaucoma. The condition results in the buildup of eyeball pressure, causing damage to the optic nerve and eventually causing blindness.

6.   Controls seizures

A recently recognized health benefit of marijuana is its ability to control and prevent certain types of seizures. A study published in 2003 showed that marijuana can be beneficial for preventing epileptic seizures. More recently, research studies have been published attesting to the effectiveness of marijuana in the treatment of Dravet’s Syndrome, a condition characterized by seizures and delayed development in children.

7.   Helps in the management of ADD/ADHD

Cannabis helps in the treatment of ADD and ADHD by stimulating the production of dopamine. This effect is similar to that produced by Ritalin and Dexedrine, drugs commonly prescribed for the treatment of this condition.

8.   Eases symptoms of multiple sclerosis

Marijuana can ease the pain associated with multiple sclerosis. In a study published in the journal of the Canadian Medical Association, it was revealed that marijuana eased the painful muscle contractions associated with the condition in all 30 test subjects.

9.   Relieves PMS

Marijuana can reduce the severity of cramps associated with PMS. This health benefit of marijuana has actually been practiced for centuries, and even England’s Queen Victoria reportedly used it for that very reason.

10. Helps reduce anxiety

When taken in small doses, marijuana is known to reduce anxiety. This can have a number of important benefits for patients suffering from chronic or terminal conditions.

As you can see, there is no shortage of reasons why marijuana should be legalized for medical use. More and more states are now recognizing these health benefits, and momentum is growing.