by: the Common Constitutionalist
Yesterday I wrote an article concerning the dramatic rise in youth pot smokers and how it may negatively affect acquiring employment.
Now, although experts agree that this is not necessarily a good thing, surely the medicinal uses for marijuana outweigh the potential negatives. After all, a full 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana and there’s no way politicians would just accept the benefits of pot without hard scientific evidence – would they.
In 2014, Business Insider cited study after study and concluded that marijuana will slow the effects of Alzheimer’s, stop the spread of cancer, reduce anxiety, treat glaucoma, treat MS, and on and on.
It seems medical marijuana is some kind of miracle drug – or is it?
Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute suggests that “Marijuana may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.” The Canadian Medical Association Journal claims that “Marijuana may ease painful symptoms of multiple sclerosis,” and “in 2010, researchers at Harvard Medical School suggested that some of the drugs benefits may actually be from reduced anxiety, which would improve the smokers moved and act as a sedative in low doses.”
It may prevent cancer from spreading. It can prevent epileptic seizures… in rats, and it may slow the progression of glaucoma. Yet Business Insider was unable to cite a single study that definitively states marijuana does or will stop or slow anything. In every study the caveat was that it may do something – or it may not. read more