As you’ve probably already gathered, I am an avid follower of cannabis and have been for a number of years now. When I was a lot younger and I embarked on my first few smokes with some friends I did do a bit of research into the effects this drug has on me.
When I say research, I mean actually asking people, or trying to find information on it in the local library. This was in the days before Tim Berners-Lee invented something called the Internet (yes, I am actually that old!). Anyway…that was all back in the 80s when I was a kid and cords and dodgy beards were in, and the closest thing to the Internet was the Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum.
Now all this research is online and is readily accessible at a click of the mouse button. Fantastic! And there is some compelling research out there surrounding cannabis. The evidence I’ve found all seems to point to the fact that, compared to a lot of other banned drugs, cannabis is a relatively innocuous drug that has more benefits associated with it than dangers.
There’s a whole heap of medical research, which a quick search of Google will show. Could it help Alzheimer sufferers? This research seems to think so. Does smoking pot impair your ability to drive? This article doesn’t think so.
But all this good stuff aside, what really bugs me is the Cannabis vs Alcohol debate. One substance is a class B controlled substance in the UK and most of the world, whereas the other drug is legal, cheap and readily available pretty much everywhere. However, the illegal drug has had zero fatalities due to overdose, while the other one causes 1000s of alcohol-related deaths every year. Check these articles out for more info, it makes for very interesting reading, and this one.
My research has led me to believe that cannabis is far less harmful than Alcohol, so illegal or not I shall continue to indulge in my pot taking pastime. I’m not hurting anyone apart from myself, I’ve got a great family, I’m more than capable of holding down a good job, and I’ve got a great group of friends. So although I respect the law of the land in general, I’m afraid they have got it very wrong with this…or should we be looking at the politicians for blame?