Hanson's Marijuana Addiction/Cessation Research
The plural of anecdote is data.
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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. see
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.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 ‹(•¿•)›
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