For those who are unfamiliar with its uses and history, one of the biggest concerns about cannabis is how it relates to health. Since the beginning of cannabis prohibition, many claims have been made about its negative (or for that matter positive) consequences. And while it is true that cannabis is not for everyone, the same can be said for any item found in medicine cabinet or in a grocery store.
It is of our opinion that the best decisions are well-informed decisions. We invite you to educate yourself and seek out unbiased answers to your questions.
We’ve listed a few basic facts below that you may not have known about cannabis and health, and we’ve included links to a few of the largest medical cannabis organizations in the country where you will find numerous studies and articles.
Cannabis is safer than alcohol, safer than prescription painkillers and safer than tobacco. Cannabis has no known toxicity in humans, and no one has ever died from consuming cannabis.
Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated not only the safety of cannabis, but also the efficacy in treating a number of very serious diseases and illnesses. Cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating relief of cancer and the side effects of its treatment, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia (FMS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, cerebral palsy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), opioid dependence, stroke and spinal injury among others.
The federal government currently provides cannabis as medicine to four living patients under the Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program, and in 2003 approved patents for pharmaceutical development of cannabis constituents called cannabinoids. Meanwhile, federal agencies simultaneously and vigorously tout cannabis as highly addictive and of no medical value to the American public, despite overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrating its safety and efficacy.