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Medical Studies Dispel Myths About Negative Effects of Marijuana

There has been an increasing movement in recent years by many citizens in the United States to legalize marijuana. Many states such as Colorado have already legalized it for medical purposes, and many feel that it is the first step to full on legalization.

There are some commonly accepted stigmas when it comes to the negative effects of marijuana. For instance, many proponents of the drug argue that it is not addictive and that it is not possible to overdose on pot.

However, though there is still a lot of controversy over the definite negative effects of marijuana use, there appears to be a lot evidence out there that is published in medical journals to refute some of these commonly accepted stigmas. These particular points, such as its alleged non-addictive nature, are some of the main arguments for the legalization of the drug.

The video below was uploaded to YouTube back in 2011 and is designed to dispel some of the myths about marijuana usage and claims to have only cited information that was found in peer reviewed medical works.

Some of the so called myths that are addressed in the video are the addictiveness of marijuana, how it effects you behind the wheel and the potential for overdose.

The publisher of the video does mention that there are justifiable medical uses for the drug and that the video is focused on presenting facts and not injecting opinions.

Though the supposed facts brought to light in this video may not be popular, it brings to light some serious potential issues with marijuana usage that are very commonly swept under the rug.

Be sure to watch the video below.

YouTube video courtesy of C0nc0rdance

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  • wm97

    OK, Scott, nice video, but you missed a full library of information on the topic. And you might have explained that according to NIDA, marijuana is about as addictive as caffeine. From my observations of caffeine addicts, caffeine withdrawal seems to be far worse that marijuana withdrawal for most people.

    The first thing you ought to consider is that we have had tens of millions of people smoking tens of thousands of tons of pot in the US for the last fifty years. I am guessing that tens of thousands of tons were smoked before you were even born.

    Now, if there was really any serious health risk to the vast majority of people, don’t you think we would be seeing something more than some articles on medline? You see, there have been major longitudinal studies of the health effects of marijuana. Kaiser Permanente surveyed the health records of 65,000 patients over a long period of time. They found no significant differences in the health records of those who smoked pot versus those who didn’t. That is the largest study to date.

    And then you missed the most comprehensive research ever done on the problems related to marijuana – the major government commission reports. You can find them if you google “Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy”. Those comprise the largest studies ever done of the health and social problems related to marijuana. You will note that they all reach the conclusion that marijuana simply isn’t any great threat to public health, and is certainly a manageable risk when we compare it with other dangerous things like alcohol, tobacco, and cheeseburgers.

    But, all of this never had anything to do with the marijuana laws, anyway. The marijuana laws never were based on anything that you have mentioned so this is nice parlor debate but it really has nothing to do with the real issues.

    Marijuana was outlawed for two major reasons. The first was because “All Mexicans are crazy and marijuana is what makes them crazy.” The second was the fear that heroin addiction would lead to the use of marijuana – exactly the opposite of the modern “gateway” idea.

    In your research, you apparently didn’t find out how the gateway idea got started. That is an entertaining idea, in itself. Google “History of the marijuana gateway myth”

    Only one medical doctor testified at the hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The representative of the American Medical Association said there was no evidence that marijuana was a dangerous drug and no reason for the law. He pointed out that it was used in hundreds of common medicines, with no significant problems. In response, the committee told him that, if he wasn’t going to cooperate, he should shut up and leave.

    The only other “expert” to testify was James C. Munch, a psychologist. His sole claim to fame was that he had injected marijuana directly into the brains of 300 dogs and two of them died. When they asked him what he concluded from this, he said he didn’t know what to conclude because he wasn’t a dog psychologist.

    Mr. Munch also testified in court, under oath, that marijuana could make your fangs grow six inches long and drip with blood. He also said that, when he tried it, it turned him into a bat and he flew around the room for two hours.

    Mr. Munch was the only “expert” in the US who thought marijuana should be illegal so he was appointed US Official Expert on marijuana, where he served and guided policy for 25 years. Google “Charles Whitebread, History of the Non-Medical Use of Drugs ” to find a good short history of the marijuana laws.

    But let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that all your arguments were God’s own personal truth. They aren’t, but let’s assume that. What do you think we ought to do about it?

  • wm97

    Another question, Scott. Who came up with these myths? Can you name any major national organizations that are behind these myths? Or are you just talking about some random people you ran across on the internet?

    You see, there are major national organizations on this topic and I don’t recall seeing them repeating the myths you have chosen. If you are talking about random people on the internet then I have news for you. You can find all kinds of random ignorant people on the internet. You know, I think have found some of those folks myself.

  • Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let’s have the compassion to allow them to have it.

    Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

    Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

    Support Medical Marijuana Now!

    “[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane.” — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, “Federal Foolishness and Marijuana,” editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

    “[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications.” — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001

    “[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate.” — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998

    “Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision.” — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003

    “The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses’ Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine.” — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995

    “[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use.” — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, “Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis,” 1995

    “When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug.” — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

    “[The LFA] urges Congress and the President to enact legislation to reschedule marijuana to allow doctors to prescribe smokable marijuana to patients in need … [and] urges the US Public Health Service to allow limited access to medicinal marijuana by promptly reopening the Investigational New Drug compassionate access program to new applicants.” — Lymphoma Foundation of America, January 20, 1997

  • wm97

    Hey Scott, here is a tip. If you can’t make an intelligent response to what people say then the proper thing to do is to log in under a bunch of aliases and click on the “don’t like” icon so it looks like a whole bunch of random people came here and disapproved of what I said.

    I am sure that, if you do that, no one will catch on and everyone will think that you won the debate when you really weren’t even able to participate.