When I hear about people smoking marijuana, I think about the “war on drugs” that was created by the pharmaceutical companies, and the war on cannabis that the government has waged against it.
I think of the research on the effects of cannabis, the studies on how to use it, the fact that it’s a relatively new crop that hasn’t yet been fully tested.
And I think that, if you really want to understand what’s going on in this space, it’s best to look at how science is actually dealing with marijuana.
In a nutshell, the science has been pretty clear that it is safe to use.
That said, there are some things that science is doing to weed that might not be appropriate for everyday use, like how it’s packaged and marketed, how it is sold, and even how it can be used to induce psychosis.
So, here are some key points from the latest scientific research on cannabis: * * * Marijuana, and its use, is safer than alcohol and tobacco.
* * Not so fast.
In 2014, a study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence looked at the safety of cannabis and found that, although it’s more potent than alcohol, it wasn’t nearly as dangerous as alcohol or tobacco.
A study published earlier this year in the British Medical Journal looked at how long users had to wait to get high before they started to experience side effects.
The researchers found that people who had smoked marijuana for at least two hours had a lower risk of experiencing a number of symptoms than people who hadn’t smoked weed for at all.
So while it’s important to understand that marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol or nicotine, the findings of the recent research should be seen in context of the larger body of evidence.
A 2014 study published by the British Journal of Psychiatry found that cannabis was safer than ecstasy, cocaine, amphetamines, and heroin.
* This doesn’t mean that cannabis doesn’t have risks.
One of the biggest criticisms of cannabis is that it causes dependency, but that’s only part of the problem.
According to one of the most comprehensive studies to date, marijuana is only associated with a small amount of harm.
A meta-analysis published in 2011 found that the number of people who tested positive for marijuana during a test for alcohol or cocaine decreased by about 40 percent when they stopped using cannabis altogether.
The study also found that “marijuana use and its associated harms have been well studied and generally found to be well tolerated.”
The results were so encouraging that the authors called the research a “meta-analysis” of research on marijuana and concluded that, “the evidence suggests that the harms of cannabis may be less severe than reported by the media.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean that the harm is less, but it does mean that it probably doesn’t affect you as much as it has been portrayed to.
* It can cause withdrawal symptoms, and that’s a concern.
Studies have found that some users may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using marijuana.
But, according to a recent review of research conducted in the United Kingdom, the evidence is not conclusive that marijuana causes withdrawal symptoms.
One review published in The Lancet Psychiatry found a “small but significant negative association” between marijuana use and withdrawal symptoms in people who are diagnosed with anxiety, depression, or other anxiety disorders.
But that doesn’t explain why people with those conditions are more likely to use marijuana.
One study published last year in Clinical Psychological Science found that while “there was a modest increase in the risk of cannabis withdrawal in users with major depression and anxiety,” there was “no evidence that withdrawal symptoms associated with cannabis use were associated with psychiatric comorbidity.”
The researchers also said that “the risk of withdrawal symptoms was reduced in participants who had previously used cannabis, as well as in those with a diagnosis of cannabis dependence.”
That may be a result of the fact, as a study conducted by the University of Southern California found, that the use of marijuana is often associated with withdrawal symptoms among people with anxiety disorders, which may also explain why they are more prone to relapse.
* Marijuana can be addictive.
In one study, researchers looked at whether people who used marijuana to treat chronic pain had a greater risk of developing addiction to other substances.
The findings, which appeared in the American Journal of Drug and Drug Addiction, were “strongly suggestive” that cannabis use could be an addictive substance, according the researchers.
That means that the evidence from studies like this suggests that marijuana may not be completely harmless.
But it does suggest that, despite its potential risks, it could be helpful in treating some of the symptoms of pain.
And if you’re an addict looking to get off your couch and start doing something productive, maybe you should just try using weed.
* Pot is legal in all 50 states.
But the issue isn’t always clear-cut.
The Department of Justice estimates that at least 3.5 million people use marijuana in the U.S. Each