This is big. There is a syndrome called “benzodiazepine abstinence syndrome” that can last for YEARS after last use of these drugs. It causes tremors, increased anxiety, cravings for it, sleep disturbances, mood disturbances. Most people who are genuinely addicted to benzos will never completely recover especially if they are older. This is big, it’s a way to both manage their anxiety and get through abstinence syndrome.
I’m getting quite tired of the “studies” put out by people with ties to Big Pharma who try to scare people. Marijuana does not cause schizophrenia. That’s a genetically linked disease. Marijuana does not increase violence, unless you count the cartel violence because it’s an illegal drug and of course growing, transporting, and dealing are all dangerous occupations because it’s illegal.
Want to know what does cause all kinds of problems? Big Pharmaceutical drugs. Oxycontin. Oxycodone. Xanax. Ativan. Suboxone. Yes, suboxone. There’s a whole underground market for this drug. It sells for as much as $20 a pill or strip. What about the violence associated with these drugs? What about the deaths associated with these drugs? Show me the massive increase in marijuana overdose deaths – in fact, show me any marijuana overdose deaths at all (1 supposed toddler OD because of parental stupidity doesn’t count).
It does make people drive very slowly. It gives people “the munchies” if they are new to using or don’t use regularly, if you use regularly it actually reduces appetite.
I will have to look on my old laptop but I also have a study that shows that opioid use goes down by a pretty substantial margin when marijuana is used in conjunction with opioids in pain patients. Like 35-40% or more.
Marijuana has been known and used for at least 10,000 years. There is documentation for its use in ritual and in medicine going back at least several thousand years. We have cannaboid receptors. Because we evolved to use marijuana. Do I smoke? No, because I will lose my living if I do. Would I if it were legal? Yes. And it should be legal. Government should not be in the business of telling adults what they can and cannot do, what they can and cannot ingest, what they can and cannot smoke.