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, July 10, 2009

Hanson's Marijuana Addiction/Cessation Research

The plural of anecdote is data.

Jane's Addiction album coverImage via Wikipedia

There is anecdote that shows some folk have difficulty they attribute to giving up pot. There is data evidencing folk do not have a difficulty 'in times of no pot'. Most of the symptoms in the case of the former are consistent with destabilised endocannabinoid homeostasis. Indeed if they didn't happen in some people I would be surprised. Cardio/Vascular/Neuro/temp all consistent. They inform us of how important a biological source of exo-cannabinoids may be to ameliorating/alleviating other conditions. As to describing these as withdrawal caused by cannabis that is another matter. It may be, and i speculate, that some or all of these conditions pre-existed the cessation and are now revealed, and that the cannabis users 'acuity, insight and sensitivity' to altered stated of conscience also colours the research. I have no doubt that these experiences are real and described accurately. That is a far call from understanding what is actually happening.


However, given the replies to others by D. Hanson, I suspect he already knows this. He may well, I suspect fully understand that valid epidemiological research is impossible under the 'set' of a prohibition paradigm. But one has to begin somewhere. I applaude Dirk's work but also understand why others would label it BS.

Chemical structure of a CBG-type cannabinoid. Cannabis: Your Milage May Vary

Perhaps Warning - Cannabis: Your Milage May Vary should be the label on legal pot.

NZ has introduced and passed the legislative model for (sale of) recreational psychoactive substances that includes accurate labeling. I might argue the above harm reduction label is consistent with known risk profiles.
Blair Anderson ‹(•¿•)›
Social Ecologist 'at large'

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  • At 10:22 am, July 15, 2009, Blogger South Island said…

    Hi Blair, my name is David Bratzer and I am a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. I am doing some research about serving police officers / wardens / judges / prosecutors who have spoken out against the War on Drugs. This information is for a guide I am writing that will hopefully make it easier for other officers to speak up.

    I am looking at five different countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.S. and the UK. I was wondering if you know of any current or former law enforcement officers or prosecutors in New Zealand who have spoken publicly about the need for drug policy reform?

    If so could you please send me an email at:

    Thanks a bunch... I really appreciate your assistance.


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