In Reply to: Re: it's a fact posted by Perry on June 13, 2005 at 14:45:37:
(Here's what some scientist thought of that report, notice what they think, that more research should be allowed. They certainly don't recommend smoking pot to depressed people, personally I found your response irresponsible and your continual defense of it suspect. I know from my own experience how dreadfully it can impact on your life. I have a friend who was in the Mental Ward for a while, and she called me and told me she couldn't believe how full of young men it was from the effects of smoking pot.
Maybe it feels radical or big minded to promote such a dangerous drug. Do you also promote drinking? Some people say it helps depression too. We have sooo many problems in the world from drinking, why can't we learn from that how devestasting it is and go slow with promoting pot, untill ALL the facts are in.
The discovery of receptors in the central nervous system (CNS) for cannabinoid compounds, and the presence of an endogenous ligand for these receptors, is of importance to the debate concerning the potential therapeutic uses of marijuana.
This discovery supports a recommendation for more basic research to discover the functional roles of the cannabinoid receptors as a key underpinning for possible therapeutic applications. Such an approach allows the bridging of knowledge from molecular neurobiology to animal studies to human clinical trials.
The scientific process should be allowed to evaluate the potential therapeutic effects of marijuana for certain disorders, dissociated from the societal debate over the potential harmful effects of nonmedical marijuana use.
All decisions on the ultimate usefulness of a medical intervention are based on a benefit/risk calculation, and marijuana should be no exception to this generally accepted principle.