President Obama claimed last week that pot was less dangerous than alcohol and critics immediately rushed to disagree saying that evidence was lacking to prove his argument. However, marijuana has been studied more, researched more, and documented more than many drugs currently available on the market or available by prescription that cannabis could potentially be slated to replace.
There are over 20,000 studies or reviews documenting the efficacy of cannabis and its cannabinoids, almost half of which are modern studies, published within the last five years. 40% of these tests were studies comparing cannabis to the effectiveness of drugs already available on the market.
A review of many of these studies in 2006 “affirm[s] that cannabinoids exhibit an interesting therapeutic potential as antiemetics, appetite stimulants in debilitating diseases (cancer and AIDS), analgesics, as well as in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, Tourette syndrome, epilepsy and glaucoma.”
A 2010 review of several of the studies concluded similarly. “Based on the clinical results, cannabinoids present an interesting therapeutic potential mainly as analgesics in chronic neuropathic pain, appetite stimulants in debilitating diseases (cancer and AIDS), as well as in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.” This review also found that over 6,100 people took part in these human clinical trials, a far greater number than for more conventional substances.
What does this all mean? Scientists now know more about marijuana than they do many of the substances currently used, and far more than for the substances pot could replace.
For more about the sillier side of marijuana, watch Billy O’Rly get himself smacked down about pot use by another conservative here and a CNN reporter giggle her way through an interview about the new pot laws in Colorado after spending the day riding around in a limo – with a pot-smoking granny. We can’t make this stuff up.