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Marijuana is a “gateway drug” that makes many people addicted, but a new study suggests that the plant is less dangerous than many people think.
As we reported last week, cannabis has been around for millennia and has been used for centuries in cultures around the world, including the Middle East and South Asia.
And the scientific literature has been full of studies that show that its use is safe and effective.
But many people still assume that the medical benefits of cannabis outweigh its risks, says Paul Bales, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
“When people start to think that marijuana is just as good as heroin, or that smoking marijuana is as safe as alcohol, they’re making very serious mistakes.”
The problem, Bales explains, is that these types of myths are rooted in the misinformation of the pharmaceutical industry.
Drug companies, he says, do not publish the peer-reviewed medical research they use to justify their products.
Instead, they focus on their own profits.
The result, he argues, is “misinformation and misdirection.”
Bales and his colleagues used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to examine the use of marijuana among people in Colorado and Nevada.
They compared people’s perceptions of the risks of cannabis and alcohol to what they learned about cannabis from online surveys.
In Colorado, people are more likely to say that marijuana should be available only to those 21 and older than people in the United States.
They also said that cannabis was “safe and effective.”
The results show that cannabis use is relatively stable across the United State, while the number of people who say it is less safe than alcohol is rising.
In fact, the researchers found that people in both states have been smoking marijuana at an elevated rate for decades.
Bales says that the study shows that the “marijuana gate” myth is largely a product of ignorance.
“We know from other studies that there’s a lot of misinformation about marijuana, and there’s also a lot that people are misinformed about,” he says.
“People assume that people who smoke marijuana are young, have kids, or have drug problems.”
The study also found that the average age of people in those states who say they smoke cannabis is 21.
The authors also found evidence that the people who use cannabis are more conservative than people who do not.
Balsens team surveyed more than 6,400 people in each state, using a series of questions to gauge their level of cannabis use.
In the end, they found that, in both the states that allow recreational marijuana use and those that do not, people who reported using cannabis were more likely than those who did not to have a higher likelihood of being arrested for possession of marijuana.
“The data show that the gate myth is deeply embedded in our national consciousness,” Bales said.
“There’s a huge amount of misinformation in the medical community about marijuana and about marijuana’s risks.”
The researchers also looked at the number and frequency of arrests made for cannabis possession, and found that arrests increased by 15% in the three states where recreational marijuana was legalized.
But the researchers were not able to determine whether this increased risk was related to people who smoked cannabis or whether arrests were increasing in states where medical marijuana is legal.
“If you’re an officer and you see someone who’s using marijuana and you’re not going to make an arrest, that’s a problem,” Balsons says.
Balinges and his co-authors say that the next step is to look at whether there are changes in marijuana-related arrests that could explain the increased risk.
“What we don’t know is whether it’s a consequence of legal marijuana or if there’s something else going on,” he said.
Bale says that if marijuana-legalization is associated with increased arrests for cannabis, that may mean that the drug has become more accessible.
“One of the reasons why there’s been so much media interest in legalizing recreational marijuana is that it allows access to this drug,” he explains.
“It’s a gateway drug.”
He says that even if legal recreational marijuana eventually becomes available, that doesn’t mean that it will be used in the same way.
“Even if it’s legal, it won’t be used the same as it would have been if it were still illegal,” he explained.
“You’re going to see a lot more recreational marijuana consumption in a lot less places.”
Balsas group also looked for evidence that cannabis-related drug arrests had increased over time.
They found that marijuana arrests increased dramatically in states with higher rates of cannabis usage, such as Colorado and Washington, which have higher rates than the U.S. average.
In other words, people in states that have legalized recreational marijuana are more prone to being arrested than people that don’t.
“Legal marijuana is the gateway drug,” Balas says. It could