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Cannabis (seeing through the smoke): The New Science of Cannabis and Your Health

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We now have more than 2,500 patients enrolled, who are using a range of medical cannabis products, from formulations of mostly cannabidiol to just THC and all ratios in between,” Professor Nutt says. A 5,000-year-old Chinese document has described the plant as useful in treating more than 100 conditions.

This statement was corrected – in fact if you had some peanuts in one hand and an ecstasy tablet in the other, the peanuts carry far greater risk of harm and death than an ecstasy tablet. Nutt isn't a libertarian absolutist who wants all drugs freed, but uses the multiple government investigation mandates he was spearheading to find actual data on harm from many spectrums, not just direct drug harm but societal consequences and costs. In 16th-century Britain, not only was growing cannabis not banned, it was mandated — Henry VIII decreed that farmers grew it for the manufacture of hemp for the navy.He includes a number of illustrative real life stories, some of which would make you grind your teeth with frustration at the suffering that is not being prevented by this over-caution. When I was a child, I saw my great uncle, a physician, helping my cousin to clean and prepare his medicine – pot– so he could tolerate his chemotherapy treatments. And thus, along with Harry Jacob Anslinger who was a United States government official who served as the first commissioner of the U. In fact from 1995 to 2019, people between the ages of 16 and 59 have gone from 23% of the population to just under 32% of the population who have tried it. Isn’t it strange that the fear mongering about cannabis and mental illness led to stronger forms of cannabis - but not a surprise.

He is a certified Health and Wellness Coach as well as a board member of the advocacy group Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, and has been providing medical cannabis care for patients for two decades. Nutt was sacked in 2009, when as a government adviser on drugs he stated that ecstasy was no more dangerous than horse riding.Other previous national contributions include serving as the medical expert on the Independent Inquiry into the Misuse of Drugs Act (2000 Runciman report), and membership of the Committee on Safety of Medicines, the Committee on NHS drugs and the Ministry of Defence Science Advisory Board. He was the clinical scientific lead on the 2004/5 UK Government Foresight initiative "Brain science, addiction and drugs" that provided a 25-year vision for this area of science and public policy. His writing has been published in The Nation, the Los Angeles Times and Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. I found the whole book informative, up to date and its case for some form of legalisation of cannabis well argued. Scientists were using the MCDA method for analyzing the harms of different drugs and they came to the conclusion that using cannabis is not as harmful to people and society as alcohol and even cigarettes.

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