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Five Scientific Conclusions About Cannabis That The Mainstream Media Doesn't Want You To Know

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The government and mainstream media like to push studies touting the purported dangers of marijuana, while ignoring scientific evidence that demonstrates the opposite.

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 3:05 pm

While studies touting the purported dangers of cannabis are frequently pushed by the federal government and, therefore, all but assured mainstream media coverage, scientific conclusions rebutting pot propaganda or demonstrating potential positive aspects of the herb often tend to go unnoticed. Here are five recent examples of scientific findings about pot that the mainstream media (and the Feds) don’t want you to know about.

1. Cannabis use is associated with lower mortality risk in patients with psychotic disorders

2. The enactment of statewide medical marijuana laws is associated with fewer incidences of suicides

3. The effects of cannabis smoke on the lungs are far less problematic than those associated with tobacco

4. Cannabis use is associated with only marginal increases in traffic accident risk

5. The schedule I classification of cannabis is a lie; the science says so.

By Paul Armentano | alternet

This is a short easy to read article presented on one page with many links, for further investigations.

pam w (139)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 8:44 pm
The idea that cannabis is illegal is just ludicrous.

IT IS A PLANT, people! A PLANT! It's not some concoction of manufactured's a HERB, if you will, and should be DECRIMINALIZED.

I should be able to grow it in my garden, right next to the basil, the cilantro and the oregano.


Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 9:28 pm

Then mix it in with some brownies if you like.

I would bet that most in Congress have a drink after work, yet they will stand up and talk about the "evils" of marijuana. Do they know this was the major money crop grown and well used by our founding fathers? Hemp could be used for clothing, bio-fuel, paper products, and on and on.... Nothing I have not said before.

pam w (139)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 9:38 pm
I absolutely agree, Kit! I've been told that the LIQUOR lobby is quietly behind the effort to prohibit decriminalization of marijuana...and it makes sense.

The only "downside" I can see to using it is the terrible way it leads toward TWINKIES and HO HOs.

(That's a joke)

Michael Carney (217)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 10:44 pm
Noted, and remember when at a party, to toke, and pass, never hold the joint!!!

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 1:22 am
as found by DEA's law judge(!) [name of ~Francis Young, if I recall correctly]-- MJ is less harmful than many commonly ingested food items ... !

it's [and the major psychedelics|entheogens'] current scheduling is much like decreeing that Earth is flat and the sun moves across the sky in a chariot
> 4. Cannabis use is associated with only marginal increases in traffic accident risk
some studies found it (marginally) DEcreases traffic risks.
generally, it tends to promote a healthier life-style, with less car-driving, ...


Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 6:39 am
Fill up the jails with real criminals not pot users.
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Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 2:08 pm
Booze abuse tends to put aggressive and incompetent drivers on our highways. Cannabis use would have those same people zone out in the corner and sleep it off instead of trying to drive. I'll support a 'no driving under the influence' law for both booze and cannabis; I reject prohibition of either!

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 4:41 pm
Cannabis is the most beneficial and versatile plant resource known to humanity. Through the use of Cannabis we will reverse the effects of Global Warming, Save the Rain Forests, feed, clothe and shelter the World's population entirely.

The Cannabis plant was one of the first cultivated crops. From more than a thousand years before the time of Christ until the late 1800s, Cannabis was the largest agricultural crop and most important industry for thousands of products and enterprises, producing the overall majority of natural fibre, fabric, paper, cordage, lighting oil and medicines, as well as a primary source of food for humans and animals.

In the early 1900's, politicians introduced laws that virtually prohibited Cannabis world-wide. The justification for this prohibition was based on claims that Cannabis was "the most violence causing drug known to humanity' (Testimony of Harry Anslinger (US Federal Bureau of Narcotics) to US congress during the 1937 Marijuana Transfer Tax hearings) and that its use 'lead to the breakdown of all bodily functions, eventually leading to insanity' (claims made by Turkish and Egyptian delegates at the 1924 Geneva Opiates Conference.) Such claims have since been disproven by all independent research into Cannabis.

Despite the fact that every piece of independent research has come to the same general conclusion that Cannabis "in it's natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man" (Conclusion of senior US Drugs Enforcement Agency Administrative Law Judge Francis Young, after 2 years investigating the effects of Cannabis), governments continue to uphold laws that are fundamentally based on lies, hearsay and racial prejudice. The laws of Cannabis prohibition are a crime against peace and humanity and in total conflict to the UN declaration of Human Rights.


Calliope Muse (7)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 5:40 pm
Tell them Kit!

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 5:43 pm
Well Fred, you can rest easy. There are already laws on the books for driving under the influence. Regardless, your concerns are unwarranted entirely. There have been scores of driving studies done that confirm, and what I’ve known from first hand experience for the last 40 years, that the consumption of cannabis, all by itself, makes drivers safer than they are with zero consumption! Do you hear that Fred? Cannabis makes drivers safer than they’d be without it! I’m curious Fred, do you have any first hand experience with either the Sativa strain, or the Indica strain of cannabis?

The ‘carnage on the road’ propaganda that the Drug EMPLOYMENT Administration has been force feeding the public since the day Reagan proclaimed, (with a straight face, mind you), that ‘..smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast', is finally being put to rest.

Marijuana Users Are Safer Drivers Than Non-Marijuana Users, New Study Shows

Do Medical-Marijuana Laws Reduce Highway Deaths?

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 5:49 pm
a href="">Marijuana and Driving: A Review of the Latest Scientific Evidence

a href="">Marijuana Has Less Adverse Effect on Driving Than Alcohol, Tiredness, U.K. Study Says

Stoned drivers are safe drivers

Two decades of research show that marijuana use may actually reduce driver accidents


Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 5:54 pm
Stupid keyboard....sorry

Marijuana and Driving: A Review of the Latest Scientific Evidence

Marijuana Has Less Adverse Effect on Driving Than Alcohol, Tiredness, U.K. Study Says

Kit B (276)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 6:05 pm

Considering the amount of money spent the US and other governments for years of indoctrination and propaganda about marijuana and other drugs, it amazing that any one can think for themselves. Thanks for your comments, and special thanks to MJ for the additional links.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 6:10 pm
The time has come for Re-legalization, and a new dawn for the Cannabis Hemp plant!

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 6:24 pm
In all of my investigation on this subject, it seems that nothing will change as long as it's classified under Schedule 1. So much research has been done since it was classified decades ago, that I can't understand why it remains on that list. I've recently read that, in fact, tumors have shrunken or disappeared by using this plant/weed. The benefits are many. Friends on Medical MJ tell me their migraines disappear like magic. My mom could've greatly benefited from it prior to her death from cancer--rather than be semi-conscious most of the time from being given methadone. Thanks for posting this, Kit.

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 9:29 pm
Oh God, déjà vu: "Reefer Madness" returns. I do not agree with issue #4 in toto, though. In my early 20s the only reason I *may* have avoided accidents, driving stoned, was fear of being pulled over by police. That hyper-vigilance also was physically and mentally straining. In the meantime let us recall the wisdom of Firesign Theatre: "There are good drugs and there are bad drugs, and we're going to take some now."

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 10:22 pm
Let's declare the war on drugs OVER, DONE, FINISHED! legalize them, tax them and decriminalize drug use. It will solve so many challenges! New tax revenue for city and state, less drug users in jail and bottom line less crime! Prescription drugs by BIG PHARMA have many negative side effects and sometimes the side effects are deadly! So what is the difference, none other than the drugs that are criminalized can be home grown an that is what big pharma does not want! Remember who started the war on drugs? Trickie Dickie Nixon, god knows a little gangha would have done that certifiable lunatic a world of good!

pam w (139)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 10:41 pm
"legalize them, tax them and decriminalize drug use."

++++++++++++++++++ If you mean to decriminalize the cultivation/use of cannabis....then, we're in agreement! "Legalizing" it is a very different thing.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 3, 2012, 6:07 am
Jo P, you hurt me deeply. After all of the trouble I go to in researching all of the most current and reliable information I can on this subject, and then do everything I can to make your enlightenment as simple as I possibly can for you by making these hotlinks that all you have to do is click on, (if you think that is so easy, why isn’t everyone doing it?), you won’t even do me the courtesy of clicking on the links and learning about the subject before you make a comment.

Tell me, if you are 63 now, and are trying to remember your experience of 40+ years ago, why do you think that that does anything to refute the findings of every study done on this subject?

Let me ask you, do you think they go into these studies telling the participants that if they f**k up that they will be going to jail, or possibly even die? Is that the reason they are doing so well under the 'devil weed' influence?

It’s estimated that up to 30 million people use cannabis in this country, if not regularly, then occasionally. These people are already on the roads. They are not going to magically appear when legalization happens. So, where is the carnage they are causing? That evidence does not exist. Quite the opposite.

Do Medical-Marijuana Laws Reduce Highway Deaths?


Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 5:59 pm
Cannabis is a medicinal plant. Thanks Kit for posting.

Phillipa W (199)
Monday August 6, 2012, 8:27 am
thanks Kit.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 8, 2012, 5:35 pm
Thank you.

Amanda A (201)
Wednesday August 8, 2012, 6:56 pm
Thank you. This doesn't surprise me. The will let people poison their bodies with alcohol, but heaven forbid people smoke a plant. Sheesh..
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