The Systemic Lack of Education About the Endocannabinoid System Leads to Widespread Ignorance About Cannabis

by David Bearman, M.D. The lack of education from grade school through grad school and medical school regarding cannabis, cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is directly a result of bad policy. Up and down this is due to the government dealing with many psychoactive substances on a criminal justice basis not as medicine and not following the science.  Much of education problem can be traced to our medical schools. The majority of U.S medical schools are not even addressing the ECS, arguably the largest neurotransmitter system in the human brain, let alone the med...
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NYTimes: Does Marijuana Use Cause Schizophrenia?

Image: 1936 "Reefer Madness" The following is an excerpt from the New York Times on a recent article titled, "Does Marijuana Use Cause Schizophrenia?" I wonder how “closed hospitals” can be full of Black men that became insane because of smoking pot? The author, Benedict Carey, says it is common practice for Black men to be "locked up and the key thrown away" in England because of cannabis derived insanity? I very much doubt it. But I do know that countless studies have shown that our prisons are full of Black men whose only crimes were being found carrying a joint and not being able t...
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Quality vs. Junk Science: Read the Study, Not Just the Headline

The United States is in an epidemic; there are too many people rejecting real science while embracing junk. This is not an isolated phenomenon, it applies to global warming, disease prevention and policy toward substance use and abuse. Just because a study has been done doesn’t mean it is a well-designed, valid study. One needs to look beyond the alleged results and look at the design. We need to look at the results with a critical eye toward such matters as study design and raw data, and how the data has been integrated. When you read a new headlines about a study ask questions. Is i...
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Patient Understanding of Cannabis Still Ahead of Doctors

Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2018 - Image Marijuana & Business The following study is an excellent cross-sectional opportunistic survey of users, conducted during the annual hash bash held on University of Michigan campus. Participants were surveyed by a group from the Institute for Social Research (at U of M), where my survey work was based while I was at University of Michigan between 1986 and 1993. This is the same institute that conducts the annual national study of high school students' drug use and attitudes known as the Monitoring the Future survey. h Setting aside ...
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