Some Truths About Cannabis
I, like many, was surprised when the New York Times came out in support of the legalization of marijuana aka cannabis. This is not the place to debate that issue i.e. the pros and cons. However, I link here to one of the editorials on legalization as the information in the article about the drug itself is accurate and up to date scientifically.
Fact: Yes, cannabis can be an addictive drug but far less “addictable” by any measure than any other drug in common use legal or otherwise.
Fact: Yes, it has physical health consequences but not as severe as other drugs.
Fact: Yes, cannabis can be very harmful for teenage users – with still developing brains.
Fact: In spite of popular opinion, there is no evidence to support the idea of it being a “gateway” to more injurious substances.
Fact: There is no such thing as a fatal overdose of cannabis.
Fact: Yes, there can be dependence on cannabis, as evidenced by tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. However, the incidence of dependence is low and only occurs for heavy users. Also, while there are symptoms of withdrawal, most rate them low, such as mild edginess and insomnia.
I hope you find this piece as interesting as I have.
What Science Says About Marijuana
by Phillip M. Boffey