Cannabis, although becoming widely accepted as a medicine and even as a recreational substance, is still classified with the most dangerous of drugs. But what does cannabis risk consist of?
In all history of mankind, there is not one recorded death because of overdosing. The Free Though Project commented on the fact that more people die because of taking selfies than as a result of cannabis use.
Die-hard Reefer Madness
The die-hard prohibitionists, such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, still hold the mindset created by the ultimate propaganda movie. It was made in 1936, and it was titled “Reefer Madness.”
The film portrays cannabis users as insane killers who end up committing suicide. The whole idea was to scare people into thinking cannabis does really bad things to them. People were made to believe it could kill them. And yet, it is the only drug which has never killed anyone. Can legal tobacco and alcohol claim the same clear conscience? Most certainly not.
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Cannabis risk or cannabis health benefits?
Nowadays, it is becoming more and more apparent that responsible use of cannabis as oil extracts or edibles can have great health benefits. As this information becomes known, one state after another has voted for legal medical cannabis. Despite a lack of support from authorities who still speak of cannabis risk, nobody has died.
Things that do kill people
As an illustration of the absurdity of the prohibitionists’ thoughts, Free Thought compared cannabis to things that actually do kill people. These include cows, pencils, lightning, jellyfish, champagne corks, and coconuts. And of course… tum-ta-ta-tum… selfies!
Between 2014 and 2016, lack of awareness while using smartphones has killed 127 people. Of these 127 selfie deaths, 76 took place in India, and eight in the US.
Still, cannabis is considered as one of the most dangerous substance and prohibition is strict. But everyone has a smartphone. Meanwhile, the government will lock you up, take you from your family, and remove you from society if you are caught growing or using this ancient medicinal plant. Presumably, they do this for our protection.
Killed on suspicion
Examples of this “protection” in action are scary! The chances of getting killed if police suspect you of using cannabis are much higher than getting killed by the cannabis itself. That’s supposing that cannabis can kill – and there’s no evidence of that.
An example of police protecting society occurred when Mark Tiller, a South Carolina police officer, shot and killed 19-year-old Zachary Hammond. He only had a few grams of marijuana in his possession. Police officer Rey Garza shot and killed Jonathan Santanella while waiting in a car because the officer thought he saw cannabis. Cannabis risk? This one must be the deadliest of all.
Cannabis risk: on a more serious note
Studies have shown that smoking cannabis is less risky than smoking cigarettes. So far, there is evidence that those who are predisposed to psychosis could be pushed over the edge of sanity by THC. But these cases are relatively rare.
Meanwhile, cannabis prohibition over an all-but-imagined cannabis risk that nobody can quite pinpoint means that all the helpful compounds in cannabis, including those that can’t possibly make you high, are forbidden in many countries and US states. No matter how you may feel about THC, this is a classic case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.