For those curious about the worst-case scenario, Alex Berenson has written a short manifesto, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence.”Berenson begins his book with an account of a conversation he had with his wife, a psychiatrist who specializes in treating mentally ill criminals.
When it comes to cannabis, the best-case scenario is that we will muddle through, learning more about its true effects as we go along and adapting as needed—the way, say, the once extraordinarily lethal innovation of the automobile has been gradually tamed in the course of its history.
At the time of his conversation with his wife, he had the typical layman’s view of cannabis, which is that it is largely benign.
They were discussing one of the many grim cases that cross her desk—“the usual horror story, somebody who’d cut up his grandmother or set fire to his apartment.” Then his wife said something like “Of course, he was high, been smoking pot his whole life.” he left the paper to write a popular series of thrillers.
With marijuana, apparently, we’re still waiting for this information.
The amount of active ingredient in a pill and the metabolic path that the ingredient takes after it enters your body—these are things that drugmakers will have painstakingly mapped out before the product comes on the market, with a tractor-trailer full of supporting documentation.All the evidence suggests that the cause is a personality type.Cons of legalisation: All drug use has some dangers, there is no need for anyone to risk their health.Risk of bronchitis and respiratory diseases, lung cancer...Loss of inhibition which may increase risk taking behaviour.A few years ago, the National Academy of Medicine convened a panel of sixteen leading medical experts to analyze the scientific literature on cannabis. His wife’s remark alarmed him, and he set out to educate himself.The report they prepared, which came out in January of 2017, runs to four hundred and sixty-eight pages. Berenson is constrained by the same problem the National Academy of Medicine faced—that, when it comes to marijuana, we really don’t know very much.This may lead to a person saying or doing something they would not normally do, or taking risks which may put them in danger...Legalisation could make cannabis socially acceptable and so encourage use of this substance and others more dangerous. It is the first step on the road to hard drug addiction...If you or your friends use cannabis it may result in you/them not willing to study, socialise, play sport or go out.Some scientists believe that teenage cannabis smokers develop the so called amotivational syndrome.