Is Cannabis Safe to Use?

Is Cannabis Safe to Use?

I recently found some notebooks from high school years- circa 1989-1992. Most notably there were notes (and doodles) from my health class. Having been fortunate to have received a private school education, this was one of three times I was taught “health”- fifth, seventh and tenth grades. This ensured that my parents never had to have a “bird and bees” conversation with me, and that I knew what substances might come along with peer pressure.

Now looking at this notebook, all I want to do is laugh. The class covered sex, drugs and rock n’ roll- well my doodles brought the rock n’ roll. In those days I enjoyed songs like:

  • Green Day’s “Longview” 
  • Salt-n-Pepa’s “Let’s Talk About Sex” 
  • Prince’s “Cream” 
  • Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Under the Bridge”
  • Stone Temple Pilot’s “Interstate Love Song”
  • Tom Petty’s “Last Dance with Mary Jane”

Not to mention all the songs from my father’s record collection. It kind of seems like I might have gotten a better education about sex and drugs from the rock n’ roll I was listening to. I say this specifically because of my notes on cannabis:

Marijuana- weed, reefer, grass

It gets you stoned- out of it- lazy

GATEWAY DRUG – if you use this you’ll definitely get hooked on other drugs

Nope. My private school education didn’t even buy me correct information about cannabis. But that was the 1990s and that was the common conception about cannabis. This information scared me. I didn’t want to become one of the addicts I saw on after school specials. I pretty much stayed away from it.

Since then there’s been more research and understanding about the benefits of cannabis. Attitudes about cannabis started to change around the late 70s. 

In 1988, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Administrative Law Judge Francis Young ordered cannabis be removed as a Schedule I drug. “Marijuana in it’s natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”  (SOURCE) That order was ignored.

The Institute of Medicine conducted research that concluded that “Marijuana is not a completely benign substance. It is a powerful drug with a variety of effects. However, except for the harms associated with smoking, the adverse effects of marijuana use are within the range of effects tolerated for other medications.” (SOURCE)

These days, Drug Enforcement Administration has noted that there have been “no deaths from overdose of marijuana.” (SOURCE) Cannabis is now considered one of the safest drugs. There is some information about people experiencing difficulty with toxicity, allergic reactions and adverse reaction when taken with other medications.

Since then, research on long-term effects, physical addiction, and much more have been further developed and managed. 

Cannabis is no longer being considered a “gateway drug” but moreso an “exit drug.” I wonder how it’s being taught in my school now. And what kids are learning about sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll these days… 

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This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Deanna

    I agree, a lot was learned through music! Since many of us (me included) were brought up with the mindset of cannabis being a drug to stay away from, and it is difficult for many of us to change the lens on that viewpoint. That being said, I think we all need to have the conversation because let’s face it, it’s legal in many states.

  2. Naomi

    This is interesting, definitely something I would want more data on. I didn’t know it was considered one of the safest drugs .

  3. Ili

    I think as the laws start to change more, children will have to be educated more about it. I grew up in Hawaii and marijuana was always around but no one really talked about it. Now there are more and more people that use it for medicinal purposes and you see people selling CBD oils at the open markets so hopefully people are talking about it more especially with kids.

  4. Oh I love these songs, being a 90ish generations, these are our favorite songs and become memories to keep until now.

  5. Candi Randolph

    I think that the use of cannabis can be helpful as a source for pain relief, and educating the general public on the pros and cons of its use is beneficial.

  6. Erin

    It’s amazing how much things change from generation to generation.

  7. Samantha

    I believe many things we were taught as kids was just a sign of the times. It actually scares me what kids are being taught in school today.

  8. Laura Belle

    Thank you for this informative post. I feel like there are many people out there who need this information.

  9. Merav

    Thank you., I need to learn more about this.

  10. Nikki

    Great article. Like you I feel that the info and what cannabis is and can be used for is changing. There seems to be a lot to learn about the benefits of cannabis but unfortunately many people make judgements before having all the facts

  11. Jess

    It’s been so interesting as I get older and read the research and know the benefits… but struggle with my inner younger self screaming about how bad it is. How much it will ruin your life lol.

    If only how to pay taxes or something was drilled into my head as much as don’t do pot was hahaha

  12. Jennifer Morrison

    Thank you for this information. I have known many people who were seriously addicted, so I think I always thought it was addictive. Interesting to see other information.

  13. gail

    Thank you for informing the public on the benefits. There are so many falsities out there!

  14. Tina

    Well, having been a teen during the late 70s, weed was pretty much ubiquitous in my generation and I honestly did not know that many people who did not at least smoke it socially at college parties. And many of them do still smoke it , and most of them are functional adults (some not so much, lol). Again, moderation with everything is key.

  15. Stephanie Eddy

    This was very informative – it’s interesting how the perceptions don’t seem to match the facts.

  16. Monica

    As long as people are being educated and use the drug responsibly why not? It obviously has as lot of benefits such as for pain management.

  17. Annette

    This is some good information as it is becoming more prevalent at the voting polls.

  18. Shanna

    Good for you for finding what works and helping others understand it!

  19. Kat

    I would be really interested in how they are teaching about cannabis in schools today as well. We know so much more about it now so I hope the education has changed to reflect that.

    1. WelcomingWeed

      Kat! That’s a great question! I’ll be sure to look into it! Thanks for the idea!

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