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  • Cannabis: the facts: Research suggests cannabis has some medical benefits:

    Sunday, 13 January, 2002, 01:06 GMT
    Cannabis: the facts

    Research suggests cannabis has some medical benefits

    Cannabis has a mildly sedative effect, which leads to decreased blood pressure, increased appetite, feelings of relaxation, mild intoxication and increased sociability.
    People who smoke the drug usually feel its effects within minutes and they may last up to three hours.

    The effect is delayed when eating or drinking the drug so that it lasts longer and may be more difficult to control. Cannabis may impair short-term memory and affects body coordination.

    First-time users may feel confused and distressed and anxiety, panic and suspicion are not uncommon side effects.

    High doses can cause coma, but there are no records of fatal overdose. Heavy use can lead to confusion, aggravate existing mental disorders and sap energy.

    Some people believe cannabis can lead to hard drug use, such as heroin, but the majority of users do not go on to take heroin.

    Long-term risks

    Long-term use of cannabis can cause lung cancer, bronchitis and other respiratory disorders associated with smoking.

    It is unclear if there is more risk of these disorders than with tobacco. However, cannabis users tend to inhale more deeply and the drug does contain higher doses of tar.

    People may become both physically and psychologically dependent on cannabis.

    Studies also show that regular, heavy use of the drug may cause nerve damage and affect learning.

    But there is evidence that cannabis can relieve the symptoms of some chronic conditions, such as multiple sclerosis.

  • #2

    cocaine,crack,morphine,heroine, etc probably make people happy 2


    • #3
      UK set to class cannabis among least harmful drugs

      By Kate Kelland

      LONDON (Reuters) - Medical experts gave the go-ahead Thursday for Britain to reclassify cannabis as low-risk in the latest in a series of moves relaxing attitudes toward soft drugs.

      In a report to Home Secretary David Blunkett, medical experts from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs said all cannabis preparations should be downgraded to Class C -- the lowest risk grouping of controlled drugs. Classifying it as any higher risk was "disproportionate," the report said.

      The downgrade would put cannabis, which the government estimates was used by more than 1.5 million 16- to 24-year-olds in Britain last year, in the same category as anabolic steroids and growth hormones.

      The government stressed it had no plans to decriminalizecannabis and had made no final decisions on whether to reclassify the drug.

      But it pointed to comments by Blunkett in October proposing the downgrading of cannabis to Class C from Class B -- a category which includes amphetamines -- and the removal of police powers of arrest for possession of small amounts of cannabis.

      "We do not believe it would be right to decriminalize or legalize cannabis," a government spokesman said. "At the same time we do have to recognize that there is a need to refocus police effort on Class A drugs."

      He said Class A drugs -- the most harmful category including ecstasy, cocaine and heroin -- accounted for 99 percent of "the cost to society of drug use."

      Researchers said Wednesday that relaxing British cannabis laws could save around 50 million pounds ($71 million) a year and free up the equivalent of 500 police officers.

      A study by the South Bank University's Criminal Policy Research Unit found that around 69,000 people were cautioned or convicted for cannabis possession in 1999, with police spending an average of four hours on each offense.

      With most police officers operating in pairs, the study said 770,000 officer hours, or the time of 500 officers a year, were spent processing cannabis offenses.

      Government data show the use of cannabis has increased dramatically over the past two decades. Long-term use of the drug among people aged between 20 to 24 in England and Wales rose from 12 percent in 1981 to 52 percent in 2000.

      The government has also said it will decide by 2004-2005 whether to license cannabis-based products for medical use.

      Patients suffering from multiple sclerosis and other forms of severe pain have long been campaigning for the right to use legally prescribed cannabis-based drugs to help ease pain.

      10:58 03-14-02


      • #4
        I'll bet that every user of hard drugs started by using caffeinated soda, tea, or coffee. Ban caffeine!

        Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.


        • #5
          i commented on this about a month agoe.

          i dont like the efects, tast,smell of the crap.but recently on a wim i tried some once again and the effect was spectacular.i took just a couple puffs and the nurological pain/burning sensation in my legs lessened a lot.didnt completely go away but devinatly took the edge off.the burning i have changes with times it is very painfull.when its at its worst just a couple puffs and almost instantly the effect takes hold.i now get a bone from a big time pot smoker about once a month.once mabee twice a week a puff or two and im good to go.i forsee no danger of becoming addicted to this stuff.i cant stand the cotton mouth ,munchies,tast,smell,ect,ect.but i do like how it make the burning more tolerable.

          scott r
          scott r