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  •  I didn't say significant risks... (0+ / 0-)

    and I think that we will continue to disagree that light use of cannabis is as safe as light use of wine. I'll disagree with the President on that count, also. Light use of alcohol - again, particularly red wines - has been shown to be beneficial to many, many people. I don't believe there are many researchers that question this any more. Light use of cannabis has not been shown to be beneficial to an otherwise healthy individual. There might be anecdotal evidence, but there are no good longitudinal studies that have proved this.

    However, it might well be found that certain cannabis extracts are beneficial if ingested in safe manner - as long as we can get away from this stupid smoking of them. Certainly I'm sure that various extracts will be proven to be beneficial to those with various maladies. The question is whether or not they are beneficial or harmful to a healthy individual.

    I just disagree that recreational marijuana use (or as some technically prefer cannabis) is safer than light use of alcohol.

    •  Insomnia caused by the stress of modern life (2+ / 0-)
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      is a common problem and a hot cup of herbal cannabis tea at bedtime is the best cure for insomnia that I know. Many people that suffer from serious sleep disorders develop other serious health problems including heart disease. Alcohol causes insomnia while cannabinoids, particularly CBD, promote a healthy sleep cycle.

      Yes, there are things in red wine that are helpful in small quantities but the alcohol in the wine negates all the good things when too much is consumed. The cannabinoids in cannabis resins work together in concert with each other, making them more therapeutic and less detrimental both in small quantities and when higher amounts are consumed.

      You will never be able to convince me that cannabis use is more harmful than alcohol use on any level. There are not any long term studies proving that light cannabis use is harmful to the user either. We can't do good longitudinal studies because the DEA will not allow them. These studies might find cannabinoids to be medically beneficial which would be a threat to the DEA's operational budget. The only cure for our current problem is to remove the DEA from controlling the scientific study of cannabis.

      Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

      by RMForbes on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 11:32:02 PM PDT

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