Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Marijuana addiction: Is it even a thing??

Whenever I talk to people about what worries them when it comes to pot, inevitably they bring up addiction. And let me tell you, addiction is a tragic condition that I wish on no one and that needs to be taken seriously. But are we sure cannabis addiction is even a thing? Here’s what I think.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Changing drug policy - One study at a time.

Ever wonder why there is so much scientific evidence supporting marijuana’s harms, but relatively little about its possible benefits? 

Last month I got a peek into the answer (and how the balance is changing) after spending some time with the fine folks at MAPS – the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies – at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, held this year in Toronto. They had set up their booth in the conference’s exhibition hall, surrounded by slick pharma displays promising the next wave of mental health treatment breakthroughs, to tell a very unique story: that compounds we’ve had around all along might be the answer…..if only we were allowed to study them.