Cannabis is one of the very few drugs that does not cause death. But can use of cannabis also prevent premature death? A study out of Indiana, Cannabis use is associated with a substantial reduction in premature deaths in the United States, shows just that!
In fact, cannabis prohibition turns out to be a leading cause of death in the USA.
The study’s author, Thomas M. Clark is Professor and Chair of Department of Biology at Indiana University South Bend, His meta-analysis found:
Cannabis use is associated with decreased rates of
mortality from traumatic brain injury,
use of alcohol and prescription drugs,
driving fatalities, and
opioid overdose deaths.
Obesity threatens human well-being across the planet. Especially in the USA, but also now world wide, this plague of pounds drives degenerative diseases and health care costs. Obesity is a chronic low-grade inflammation, inflicting insidious damage daily. Fat cells displace organs and produce cellular toxins. Obesity kills at least one out of eight Americans.
Diabetes is the key metabolic disease killing Americans. Dr. Clark writes:
Evidence strongly supports reduced obesity and diabetes mellitus in people who use Cannabis. The most common finding of studies to date have shown lower BMI, waist circumference, or rates of obesity in Cannabis users.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an all-too-frequent cause of premature death, but a condition responsive to medical marijuana. Clark notes:
Cannabinoids have well known neuroprotective effects, reducing damage from excitotoxicity, Ca++ influx, free radical formation, and neuroinflammation following traumatic brain injury (TBI), ischemia, and neurotoxins.
Dr. Clark reports lowered rates of premature death for alcohol and opioid addiction and death in cannabis users, reduced rates of dangerous deaths, and lives saved from cancer.
Conclusions: Cannabis use prevents thousands of premature deaths each year, and Cannabis prohibition is revealed as a major cause of premature death in the U.S.
Premature death reduction is basic to harm reduction, the strategy smart governments are using to address drug problems. At the same time, the USA is now poised to renew its decade-long war on marijuana, a drug nearly harmless while hugely helpful at reducing premature death.
Prohibition of access to medical cannabis is a violation of human rights. Such prohibition is a moral evil, not only because it subjects people from arbitrary abuse from the state, but also because it denies them a crucially effective medication, leading to premature death.