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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #37)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 04:06 PM

61. One of the values of mj for PTSD

One of the values of mj for PTSD is the weakening of the connections between emotional response and memory.

The temporary issue of occasional difficulty with memory loss during the time when someone is high, however, is not a permanent feature of cannabis use, as other studies have also demonstrated.

Even in the case of heavy, long term use:

The researchers found only a "very small" impairment in memory and learning among long-term marijuana users. Otherwise, scores on thinking tests were similar to those who don't smoke marijuana, according to a new analysis of 15 previous studies.

In those studies, some 700 regular marijuana users were compared with 484 non-users on various aspects of brain function -- including reaction time, language and motor skills, reasoning ability, memory, and the ability to learn new information.

The marijuana users in those 15 studies -- which lasted between three months to more than 13 years -- had smoked marijuana several times a week or month or daily. Still, researchers say impairments were less than what is typically found from using alcohol or other drugs.

"I just re-published a paper of the first survey for marijuana toxicity done in 1863 by the British government in India that was the most exhaustive medical study of its time in regards to possible difficulties and toxicity of cannabis. And it reached the same conclusion as Grant," Mikuriya tells WebMD. (Tod Mikuriya, MD, former director of non-classified marijuana research for the National Institute of Mental Health Center for Narcotics and Drug Abuse Studies and author of The Marijuana Medical Handbook: A Guide to Therapeutic Use is considered one of the experts in the field of cannabis research/medicine.) "This is merely confirming what was known over 100 years ago, as well as what was learned by various government findings doing similar research -- marijuana is not toxic, but it is a highly effective medicine."


http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20030701/heavy-marijuana-use-doesnt-damage-brain

It's sort of out of proportion to blame people who support legalization for the lies the govt has told about marijuana for more than 70 years, including the FALSE claim made by Ronnie Raygun that marijuana killed brain cells. After years of putting off releasing the scientific study from which this claim was made... )and WHO CHOOSES TO HIDE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH unless they're merely spouting bullshit propaganda?) Anyway, that study actually found that suffocating animals with carbon dioxide causes cell damage. But not marijuana.

There are far, far more studies that show the benefits of marijuana - real scientific experiments without a political agenda - than there are those showing a reason to continue prohibition. And, frankly, the drugs that pharmaceutical companies make have far worse side effects - so why don't you go off on them for marketing substances that kill, destroy organ function, destroy mental capacity, create permanent damage - you know - maybe some realism is required to not have your hair on fire when someone says something positive about the use of marijuana.

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