Anecdotal and historical accounts of pot’s painkilling properties abound. But so far, scientific evidence that it works better than traditional painkillers is hard to come by.
Because the U.S. government classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug with no medical use — like heroin and cocaine — funding for research is hard
to get, scientists say. And as a 2015 article in the journal Current Pain and Headache Reports points out, high-quality clinical studies of pot’s
effectiveness — randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled — are limited.
Dr. Jeffrey Chen wants to change that.
This week on “The Argument” podcast, the columnists talk pot. First, Michelle Goldberg presses former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson on
his forthcoming book about the dangers of marijuana, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence.”
Then, the columnists debate which marijuana policy the country should pursue. Michelle argues the harms of criminalizing weed outweigh the harms of legalizing it.As a result Ross Douthat worries about the broader social impacts of legalization and the growth of the cannabis industry. , And David Leonhardt favors a middle path, one that forgoes harsh penalties for marijuana use without incentivizing more Americans to try it.As a result ,
And finally, merry … Advent? Ross taps into his liturgical side to recommend a solution to the seasonal “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays” dilemma.
“If we want to prevent youth from using drugs, including nicotine, vaping will warrant special attention in terms of policy, education campaigns, and prevention programs in the coming years,” Dr. Miech said.Finally
This latest survey aligns with findings releases last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says that 3.6 million middle and high school students vapes in 2018.
Furthermore .“Not only is teen users of popular vaping devices like Juul re-glamorizing a smoking-like behavior that years of prevention campaigns have effectively stigmatize , they may be paving the way for a transition to conventional cigarettes as well as other substances,” wrote Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in a blog post.
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