Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Friday, December 16, 2005

Quantifying the Ridiculous.

Quantifying the Ridiculous?

(or is sustained behavioral impairment a function of prohibition.?)

It is over ten years ago that prominent cannabis researcher Gabriel Nahas was critiqued for a sloppy 1992 academic study (see ), This 'biased and unscientific' scary story was prepared for and funded by the USA government. The National Institute of Health fired him, his work, particularly his horrific 'smoking monkeys' experiment vilified, confessing it was 'meaningless' science. Nahas. however just added to a long list of studies claiming 'sensational' cannabis health risks characterised by lack of controls, oversight, replicatability or independence.

Media and commentators on the biopsychosocial Dunedin Multidisciplinary and Christchurch Longitudinal studies have not abated. The Royal College of Psychiatry has been at it again.

[Cannabis use in adolescence and risk for adult psychosis ... Cannabis use in adolescence and risk for adult psychosis: longitudinal prospective study, Louise Arseneault, Mary Cannon, Richie Poulton, Robin Murray, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E Moffitt]

While there may be some harm or risk from cannabis misuse, particularity early chronic use, these are never tested against the gold standard. Nor can they be, such meaningful research can only be conducted and measured in a non-judgmental harm minimiising environment. (see Scoop:
Suspect study perpetrates "reefer madness" myth)
"There is not yet any conclusive evidence as to whether prolonged use of marijuana causes permanent changes in the nervous system or sustained impairment of brain function and behavior in human beings."
National Academy of Sciences, Coptic study (UCLA), 1981
Witness the dysfunction on the prohibitors watch! Could it be the matrix of prohibition that maintains the sustained behavioral impairment?
How much science do we need to quantify the ridiculous?

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  • At 10:44 pm, January 23, 2006, Blogger Africannabis said…

    Despite the rhetoric recarding cannabis.

    Many of us know of it's many uses.

    One such use is building homes.

    I have stopped pandering to the rhetoric, SA has an EXTREME housing crisis, and this solution works!

    I have work to do, by building more fireproof homes. To secure our society's stability in the future.


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