OK, now that I got your attention with the facetious headline, let’s talk about drugs…
“Drugs are bad, drugs are bad,” you were taught when you were a kid, right? And considering the fentanyl crisis that taken the lives of so many in the last couple years especially, it’s hard to make the “drugs are good” argument.
However, science might say otherwise—including a new study that suggests that psychadelics drugs like mushroom, LSD and DMT make men less violent. Specifically, the study—published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology on May 29, 2018—claims that men who have used a psychedelic drug at least one time are less likely to be violent toward their partner. Researchers say it’s because psychedelics help people manage negative emotions, and keep violent tendencies at bay.
Here’s a link to the study in its full glory: (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0269881118771782)
Just to be clear, I’m not suggesting you all go on a hallucination bender this weekend. Not at all. The point is just to say if you’re in the black and white “Drugs are bad, drugs are bad” group, it might be worth considering that the topic is slightly more grey than this.
For example, cannabis.
Against, I’m not condoning it one way or other, but here’s some information to read. Take it in, do more research, and make a decision for yourself:
(Information from Cannabis expert Walter Sorto, owner and founder of the cannabis dispensary Sunrise Wellness Foundation in Vancouver, B.C. (https://www.mysunrise.ca/)
What are the biggest Misconceptions about cannabis?
“Where to begin? There are too many to list,” Sorto said. “The best thing folks can do is search medical journals and research papers to better understand the benefits. Not all papers are negative or positive, but factual.”
Here are a few studies Sorto suggested:
- A 2017 article from the Journal of Drug Policy, “Medical cannabis access, use, and substitution for prescription opioids and other substances: A survey of authorized medical cannabis patients” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28189912)
- Another 2017 study, “A chronic low dose of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) restores cognitive function in old mice.” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28481360)
- “Medical Cannabis in Parkinson Disease: Real-Life Patients' Experience.” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29059132)
- From the Journal of Sexual Medicine, (https://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(17)31417-0/fulltext)
3 More Tips from Sorto
- NOSE TEST: “Always trust your nose,” Sorto said. “If it smells good to you then it most likely will be good to you.”
- EDIBLES: “If you want to eat cannabis, go low and go slow, and always wait 30 to 45 minutes before eating another edible,” he said. “Also, if the package doesn’t indicate dosage, I wouldn’t eat it. I feel really good with 50 mgs, but more than that I start to ‘green out.’ For first time eaters, start with 5 to 10 mg bu no more.”
- PAIN KILLER: “If you want to try cannabis to manage a condition but are hesitant, try CBD—the second most common compound in cannabis. It’s used for anxiety, joint pain and insomnia and usually has no psychoactive component.”
CBD oil is also known to act as an anti-inflammatory, and allegedly helps with recovery. Read more here: https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20180507/cbd-oil-all-the-rage-but-is-it-safe-effective#1
Be smart. Be safe!