Dangers and side effect of marijuana:
It’s been long debated whether or not there are any associated dangers that come along with marijuana use. On one side, we have people claiming that cannabis use has side-effects that range from brain damage to psychosis. On the other side we have real patients claiming relief from every day symptoms, with little or no unwanted side-effect at all.
So, who is right when it comes to the dangers and side effects of cannabis?
Well, I am no scientist, nor am I a doctor. The one thing I am, is a cannabis user that knows a little bit about how it makes me feel and what it does for me. Does that qualify me as an expert – NO. No more than any other user or patient is an expert. I do know how I feel though, and what happens to my body on a day to day basis.
However, if I sit here and tell you that when I smoke cannabis, it makes me feel good with zero side effects – I would get called out by some “medical professional” or “scientist” that claims to have evidence that I am wrong.
If I told you there were no unwanted dangers associated with marijuana use, no doubt someone would chime-in with some know it all answer of how “they said”, or “I read” or “they taught us”…
These people are usually the ones I love to argue with and point out the benefits and uses of marijuana to. Today however, after 25+ years of cannabis use, 8 years of which as a medical marijuana patient – I will openly concede to the naysayers. I will admit once and for all:
There are REAL dangers and side-effects of marijuana use!
There! I said it!
Now I know what you might be thinking already! But Cannabis Chris, you can’t say that! What are you doing? Have you deflected? I can hear people calling me a traitor and closing this page before reading any further.
But wait! Before you go throwing me off the cannabis community train to freedomsville – let me break it down to you like a pound of some old-school import.
The side-effects of marijuana use:
I concede – Marijuana has side effects and cannabis use will alter your life forever!
Now, again I want to point out – I am no doctor, I’m not a scientist. In fact, I dropped out of school in the 10th grade. So, can I tell you that when you smoke a joint you will go delusional, have a bout of psychosis, quit your job, become a jazz musician and take up with the” Negroes”? Nope, I’m not qualified for that. I’ll leave those teachings up to the movie “Reefer Madness”. It helped educate our parents and grand-parents and shape the way they think about marijuana, as well as the way they treat those who use it.
I will back up a little and say, it’s now 2016 – long after the release of Reefer Madness (1936), and if you have not smoked yourself mad and taken up with the “Negroes” by now, you are missing out and you need a cultural awakening – but that is another subject.
What are some of the side effects of cannabis use?
Well, again – I am not going to touch on the medical side effects (defined as: a secondary, typically undesirable effect of a drug or medical treatment.) I’m just not qualified and would rather stick to undeniable facts.
As I mentioned above, in 1936 (just before prohibition of cannabis began with the enactment of the marijuana tax act of 1937) there was a movie released called “Reefer Madness”. You might wonder why I again mention this movie when bringing up side-effects.
Well, have you ever heard the phrase “cultural side-effect”? Think about that for a minute and wheat it might mean.
Following the definition above – a cultural side-effect would be a secondary, typically undesirable effect on an entire culture – and THIS is what the movie “Reefer Madness” and the blitz of misinformation of that era created.
The desired effect of prohibition and “Reefer Madness”
When the movie Reefer Madness was put out, and the misinformation was published by newspapers and magazines all over the country, the outcome they wanted was obvious. They were trying to outlaw cannabis and it’s use, mostly for financial and political reasons. The tactics they used were those of an all out war. Misinformation, media overload, and the best tactic of all – prey on the fears of the rich, voting, white-folks that want to be taken care of.
They wanted cannabis (which they then started calling marijuana) made illegal. That was obviously their desired effect, but what were the unintended side-effects?
Read Part 2: (coming soon)
The cultural side-effects of marijuana prohibition…