Very little research has been done since medical cannabis has become legal (for some) in Australia, and many patients are getting frustrated with the lack of effort on the government part.
The pharmaceutical industry is quite complacent with any research which it's not surprising as it competes with their products.


Research that has been published is conflicting, some research says cannabis causes anxiety, some the opposite, so who do you believe?
Anecdotal evidence suggests cannabis can cure cancer, other research says it has little effect on anything.
Rick Simpson the Canadian, (not the fake Rick Simpsons) swears that it cures cancer along with a plethora of many other diseases and has many testimonials from patients under his belt. Dennis Hill biochemist claims the cured himself of stage 3 prostate cancer and has the reports to prove it.
The thing about Rick Simpson is that he never tried to sell anything, he always endorsed the do it yourself method. Grow or but some high potency (THC) cannabis and make your own oil, no monetary gain on his part. He preached the word like Jesus, with conviction. He convinced me and I'm pretty skeptical of most things.
Cristina Sanchez, molecular biologist and biochemist discovered that cannabis does kill cancer cells in pre clinical conditions, in other words on mice. That was many years ago now, I think she became disheartened with the lack of enthusiasm in her discovery. She claimed that her best results relied on a complete cannabinoid profile, she called it the entourage effect.
Meaning cannabis with both THC, CBD and all the other cannabinoids, some of which have only recently been discovered.
I digress, this article is suppose to be about the "Dangers Of Cannabis", the point is very little is be done by those in power to discover the truth or follow up on research of Cristina Sanchez, Rick Simpson and even Tony Bower, who I believe is still imprisoned but seemingly helped so many with his tinctures.

Ok, lets get back on track.
One of the big movers in the cannabis scene is Prof David Nutt and for good reason! Prof Nutt has some very impressive credentials, so impressive that he was contracted by the UK government to research and list the dangers of cannabis. Primarily he's a  neuropsychopharmacologist  (25 letters, ouch) other credentials are too long to list, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Nutt


The UK government contracted professor because he had the best credentials in his field, but when after many years of research Prof Nutt submitted his findings to the UK government, they fired him. His findings weren't what the government wanted to see. Sort of makes a mockery of science? or the government?
Anyway, in his table of drug dangers, he states the following drugs are more dangerous that cannabis:

Amphetamine

Tobacco

Cocaine

Methylamphet

Crack Cocaine

Heroin

Alcohol

These are not in order of danger Alcohol was top of the list, see the original table of dangers of drugs

Mushrooms

Buprenorphine

LSD

Qat/Khat

Ecstasy

Anabolic Steroids

Butane

Mephedrone

Methadone

Ketamine

Benzodiazepines

GHB

the above list of drugs, as you can see in the table are safer, Hmmm??

In reviewing the above I had a few questions for Prof Nutt, which he promtly provided answer for, below is our email, Nutt's reply in Upper Case/ Red

Dear Prof Nutt,

I’m contacting you regarding your research into the dangers of cannabis. I have a few questions about your findings and specifically your table: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2c/HarmCausedByDrugsTable.svg

 

In this table cannabis ranks safer than the following drugs:

Amphetamine

Tobacco

Cocaine

Methylamphet

Crack Cocaine

Heroin

Alcohol

But it also shows it’s more dangerous than:

Mushrooms

Buprenorphine

LSD

Qat/Khat

Ecstasy

Anabolic Steroids

Butane

Mephedrone

Methadone

Ketamine

Benzodiazepines

GHB

 

RE the dangers of cannabis, can you be more specific?

Do these dangers include smoking YES and if smoking was taken out of the equation and substituted for convection vaping, would that make a difference? YES

Same goes for eating cannabis oil, cookies etc, ? YES

 

Are your findings for pure cannabis or mixed YES with tobacco (very prevalent in Australia and UK) ??

 

If tobacco and smoking are taken out of the equation would this change it’s ranking? PROBABLY NOT MUCH AS THE SCORE FOR PHYSICAL HARMS IS QUITE LOW ANYWAY

 

Also if the cannabis was organically grown in the sun instead of hydroponically or under artificial lights and with chemicals such as PGR’s (plant growth regulators) would this make it safer? MARGINALLY

 

So taking the above into account; if a person consumes organic cannabis (grown at home, self regulated) does not combust the plant material, either vaporises or eats, how would this reflect it’s rating? MIGHT GO DOWN A LITTLE



On receiving the reply from the prof I had mixed emotions, on one hand very grateful he answered, but on the other, disappointed that it didn't accurately define the dangers of "Cannabis", not cannabis in it's pure form.
I have the utmost respect for Prof Nutt ! but know the the devil is in the detail and the public needs to be educated, me included.
I'm not a scientist, but I would like to know the dangers of cannabis without smoking, not mixed with tobacco, just using edibles etc.

I think one of the best examples of the dangers of cannabis is with Irvin Rosenfeld who has been supplied by the US government for the past 36-7 years, a standardised cannabis grown at the university of Mississippi from memory.
Every month Irvin Rosenfeld smokes 300 cannabis joints, just pure cannabis with no tobacco.He has done so for the past 34 years.
Irvin has always worked, drives to work every day, smoking a joint along the way and has never had an accident!
Some anecdotal evidence is hard to ignore.

We need independant research similar to Irvin, not by government or industry with vested interest.
This natural herb needs to be legal, Irvin is proof of that without doubt, watch his video interview and see how lucid he is, he's a normal, hard working person.
In finishing, it's very hard to know fact from fiction, especially when big money is involved, I hope the above makes things a little clearer for all.

Please feel free to republish as written.