The most shocking thing about both works was how similar their words were to the hysterical nonsense published in the 1930s. Nothing has changed, we’re stuck in a loop where fake is real and real is irrelevant; the insane have taken over the asylum. The Hoax Papers, Big Fat Surprise, Reefer Madness, these works demonstrate the industry of scientific study is built on hiding its flaws. There are so many writers I’ve lost respect for in recent years by reading their misinformed views on cannabis. Again, and again, I see wild leaps of imagination parading as fact, and always in a slightly condescending tone, as if it’s okay, it’s the adults talking now … clueless clowns.
Let’s be fair now. The term ‘Reefer Madness 2.0’ was coined eight years ago by my friend and colleague Derek Williams. Credit where credit is due. https://ukcia.org/wordpress/?p=924
does anyone still think Malcolm Gladwell has any credentials to write about science? moreover all of this debate is off point: we all know WITH STATISTICS that the most dangerous drugs in terms of death, homicide, and premature mortality are alcohol and tobacco
I think the author doesn’t knows or works with enough people or smoke regularly or smokes himself to see reality. I don’t need a study to recognise someone who’s a long term regular smoker. Including my sister and brother in law. The problem is that there are know long term, 20 years or more, studies.
I think this topic is much ado about nothing important, in reality. Alex Berenson worked for the New York Times as a corporate hack, propagandizing. As an author? He does basically the same thing. Trash novels. Garbage, escapist fantasies full of duplicity and violence that uphold the “John Wayne” ideal Americans have been conditioned to believe in…
One could make the case that both Berenson and Gladwell are functionally insane, as are the majority of Americans. They carry on with business as usual while the Earth is rapidly becoming a planet that will not support Human beings or oxygen-breathing life forms. The science is clear, and indisputable. Physics will always have its way and natural law does rule this planet’s geological processes, not any politicians or billionaires. Humanity is faced with extinction in the near-term future, but Americans are more concerned with peoples’ personal behaviors and choice of life styles…
That being said, as a master “Cannabotanist, grower, breeder, and life-long medicinal user with over 50 years personal knowledge of cannabis, in my own experience, through observation of several different friends over the years, I have seen some correlation between cannabis use and people developing schizophrenic behaviors and paranoia, or becoming chronically depressed.
In particular, a dear friend and fellow ethnobotanist and Cannabis user and grower developed paranoid schizophrenia and ended up having to be hospitalized. It took a period of about 2 to 3 years, and started after he’d gotten obsessive about ‘Sativa’s’ and the high THC, more cerebral effects. As I followed him and investigated with other friends and people in our Colorado Cannabis “affinity group,” I found that the few other people who admitted to seeking treatment for mental healthy issues also had a strong preference for pure sativa’s or sativa dominant strains.
It was a disturbing realization to me personally, but damn sure worth being aware of. I changed my own usage after that finding, and started breeding for a more balanced cannabinoid profile. Since reading this article and contemplating the local cannabis crowd over the past few years, I think that there is a clear danger of mental health issues for a SMALL PERCENTAGE of people, who I would imagine are likely predisposed to mental instability; and that High THC with little to no CBD/CBN to act as a “buffering agent” is a potent psychoactive and not to be taken lightly or unconsidered.
This is only my personal experience, and not any recommendation or advice. I don’t advocate Cannabis use to anyone. It’s a personal choice and should be an informed choice made by an educated adult, in my opinion. I will say that being an “Aspie” (Autistic spectrum, Asperger’s syndrome), Cannabis has been the most beneficial medication of all of the many pharmaceuticals I have experienced. But, like anything else people might could make use of, it is most definitely not for everyone. Do your own research and piss on the fascist sympathizers like Berenson and Gladwell. They don’t have anything to say but the same old bullshit and lies.
A company called Strainsforpains is showcasing a demo of an app coming out soon that will revolutionize how doctors, patients and dispensaries look at education choices in pain management. This company allows the patient with any of 100 illnesses or pains to see scientifically why a specific brand or strain is best for their pain management, and not just what a dispensary would ‘recommend.’ There is no equivalent on the market. Not in Canada and not here.
Never let the facts get in the way of disseminating an effective piece of hysterical rhetoric”
~~ The Prohibitionist’s Motto
It seems like the author of this article isn’t aware of the context for these pieces. In his world I guess things are different.
In my world there is a constant stream of statements about how marijuana has no negative effects – and that the lack of bad effects is a known thing. The only reason why marijuana could be illegal is because people are puritanical, racist, or both.
In that context both of these pieces are pointing out that the data to show there are no negative effects is NOT there – regardless of how many hundreds of thousands of times it has been stated. There may even be evidence to show that there are negative effects – just correlation, not causality but still.
The point of both pieces is that the current ‘common knowledge’ is not based in any evidence.
schizophrenic people diagnosed, who are in treatment are much more likely to be victims. People not diagnosed and those who refuse treatment? it is effective that delusions do not contribute to healthy interactions, but we wonder It is worth saying that there really are some researches that relate cannabis and schizophrenia “in its moment as an important point it should exist.
It’s the other way around; if someone has schizophrenia or another mental disorder, they’re more likely to use marijuana to self medicate. It may bring underlying mental illnesses to the surface for people who would have developed the condition further down the road regardless of their prior marijuana use.
That might actually explain the correlation, if they gravitate towards it for self-treatment.
Diagnosed. Critical distinction. Diagnosed schizophrenics in treatment are more likely to be victims. Undiagnosed folks, and those refusing treatment? Well, delusions don’t make for healthy interactions, and as the daughter of a schizophrenic dianosed by the military and then discharged into the world without follow up, I should know. I also know that “But first, it’s worth stating that there really is some research linking cannabis and schizophrenia.” means more to me than all the valid criticisms of the writing. Just get the data. Now. And stop prescribing it to vulnerable teens/ young adults until you do.
In Holland, marijuana has been in regular use for decades. Why not just pull the academic research from there?!
Martin Ball’s perspective in the chapter “A Few Notes on Other Substances” at the end of his book called Entheogenic Liberation –
I hate the “people with schizophenia are criminals” trope. They’re more likely to be victims of violent crime. This just increases the stigma of mental illness.
According to “Epidemiology of Schizophrenia” on Wikipedia, most countries with high cannabis use have some of the lowest rates of schizophrenia. The Netherlands are 173rd, Canada 177th, USA 181st, UK 185th, Iceland 191st and Australia last 192nd (Iceland is said to have the highest rate of marijuana/cannabis use in the world). The country with the lowest rate of cannabis use in the world, Singapore, is said to have the 7th highest rate of schizophrenia.
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