Matthew Elrod 
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Re: “The bullshit cultural milieu of medical marijuana

"Until there is rigorous scientific evidence indicating otherwise, all other medicinal uses of cannabis appear to be nonsense."

No, they appear to be anecdotal. Meanwhile, our drug approval process is rotten to the core, corrupted by pharmaceutical money. Scientific citations attesting to this fact are available on request for anyone who doubts it.

According to the Institute of Medicine, the risk/benefit profile of cannabis compares favourably with most pharmaceuticals.

Note that Health Canada has authorized Cessamet, pure synthetic THC pills and Sativex, a phytopharmaceutical mouth spray made from whole cannabis extracts. They do not seem very concerned about psychosis and addiction.

Nor is Health Canada alarmed that doctors are prescribing SSRIs, off label, to minors with developing brains. They have issued a black box warning advising against it, cautioning that SSRIs are known to cause suicidal ideation. There is scant evidence that SSRIs are better than a placebo for most of the conditions for which they are prescribed.

Cannabis use can also have a positive impact on mental health issues, as it is an easy way to escape feelings of depression and anxiety, rather like SSRIs, only better. Research shows that most chronic cannabis consumers are self-medication psychological and emotional problems such as ADHD and PTSD, typically stemming from childhood trauma. Cannabis is currently being investigated for the treatment of PTSD.

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Posted by Matthew Elrod on 08/20/2015 at 7:47 PM

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