The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Monday, January 7, 2019

Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think? | The New Yorker

For example, smoking pot is widely supposed to diminish the nausea associated with chemotherapy. But, the panel pointed out, “there are no good-quality randomized trials investigating this option.” We have evidence for marijuana as a treatment for pain, but “very little is known about the efficacy, dose, routes of administration, or side effects of commonly used and commercially available cannabis products in the United States.” The caveats continue. Is it good for epilepsy? “Insufficient evidence.” Tourette’s syndrome? Limited evidence. A.L.S., Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s? Insufficient evidence. Irritable-bowel syndrome? Insufficient evidence. Dementia and glaucoma? Probably not. Anxiety? Maybe. Depression? Probably not.

Then come Chapters 5 through 13, the heart of the report, which concern marijuana’s potential risks. The haze of uncertainty continues. Does the use of cannabis increase the likelihood of fatal car accidents? Yes. By how much? Unclear. Does it affect motivation and cognition? Hard to say, but probably. Does it affect employment prospects? Probably. Will it impair academic achievement? Limited evidence. This goes on for pages.


But it doesn't seem to have hurt Joe Rogan.

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Would anyone care to accept responsibility for the absurd paucity of research on this drug?

Posted by: dearieme | Jan 8, 2019 7:13:34 AM

Or Cheech and Chong.

Posted by: Paul Mapes | Jan 8, 2019 12:24:22 PM