Not Enough Cannabis Research to Legalize? Think again!
Paul Armentano, Deputy Director at NORML, addressed one of the biggest cannabis misconceptions of them all at the recent Cannabis Health Summit.
You hear this myth all the time. It's one of the most common claims made by cannabis opponents, that 'there needs to be more cannabis research' before a policy change can be made.
Opponents try very hard to make it sound as if there is no scientific data about the cannabis plant, or that the amount of available research is insufficient.
These claims are made at every level of government, as well as in other areas of society where cannabis is prohibited such as in professional sports.
Cannabis opponents know that the status quo is on their side, and that if they can just drag their feet and deflate the conversation in the name of 'needing more research,' that prohibition will stay in place.
The fact of the matter is that cannabis has been studied extensively over the decades, so much so that the amount of data out there for cannabis research dwarfs many other commonly used substances that are perfectly legal.
U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
The United States government has a database that serves as a repository for all peer reviewed scientific literature from all over the world.
All of the information is housed on the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health's website - PubMed.gov.
The database has a search capability, similar to just about every other database on the internet, and is very easy to use.
A search of the term 'marijuana' returns over 25,000 results, meaning that the database has over 25,000 peer reviewed studies for the cannabis plant on file.
To claim that there is no scientific data on cannabis is obviously a blatant lie based off of the math, but what about the claim that the current amount of studies is not enough?
How does cannabis research compare to the amount of available research for other substances?
A lot of pharmaceuticals out there, both prescribed and over-the-counter, simply do not have the same volume of research as cannabis.
Many of these substances have a laundry list of side effects, from upset stomach all the way to horrible things, including death.
Hydrocodone is one of the most commonly prescribed opioid painkillers. Side effects include constipation, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, itching, swelling in your hands or feet, and even muscle pain and/or back pain.
That's right, a substance prescribed to treat pain lists muscle pain and back pain as side effects to using the product.
At the time of Green Flower Media's recent Cannabis Health Summit, a search on PubMed.gov returned only 948 results. A search for 'marijuana' literally returns over 25 times as many results.
Even Tylenol, which is one of the most widely used medicines in America, returned just over 20,000 results, over 4,000 less study results than the cannabis plant.
By the way, a lot of those studies show how aceteminophen, the active ingredient in tylenol, can cause liver failure.
Calling out the opponents for spreading reefer madness
Paul Armentano is one of the leading voices when it comes to cannabis science and the study of cannabis.
"This is non-sense." Paul Armentano said during the recent Cannabis Health Summit about the claim that there is no or not enough scientific evidence to support cannabis reform.
"That is a false claim, and those that make that claim are either willfully ignorant of the available literature or they're woefully ignorant of the available science. It has to be one or the other." said Mr. Armentano.
Armentano has long encouraged people to check out the information for themselves. Anyone can go to PubMed.gov and enter in common substances to see how many studies are available for the given substance.
Whenever you are at home and see an advertisement for a new substance being touted as a safe, effective medicine, see how many studies are available. It's a very eye opening experience.
Arm yourself with the facts, so that when you hear a cannabis opponent making the false claim that there needs to be more research, you can hit them with them with solid information.
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Were you aware that cannabis has been the topic of over 25,000 peer reviewed studies?