Legal Weed: Science of Marijuana

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Marijuana (Federacion de Asociaciones Cannabicas/flickr)

A May series on marijuana continues with a look at the science of the drug. Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, marijuana legalization consultant for Washington State, and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press), talks about the science of THC and cannabinoids and their effects on marijuana users.


Mark Kleiman

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The American Journal of Medicine

The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin,
and Insulin Resistance among US Adults


We found that marijuana use was associated with lower levels of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR, and smaller waist circumference.

May. 16 2013 03:42 PM
jf from reality

Home » News » Schizophrenia News » Marijuana Compound May Beat Antipsychotics at Treating Schizophrenia

Marijuana Compound May Beat Antipsychotics at Treating Schizophrenia
By TRACI PEDERSEN Associate News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on June 7, 2012
A certain marijuana compound known as cannabidiol (CBD) can treat schizophrenia as well as antipsychotic drugs, with far fewer side effects, according to a preliminary clinical trial.

May. 16 2013 11:47 AM
John A

Hazel, ...and more things to addict people are what? A solution?

May. 16 2013 11:30 AM

Hey John,

Yeah, some strains of mj can make people feel paranoid. So what? Don't consume that strain - or don't consume at all. Alcohol makes many people violent. Wouldn't it be great if people who get violent under the influence of alcohol stopped drinking? Oh, wait, those people are alcoholics with an addiction. And that addiction costs our society millions (billions?) a year.

May. 16 2013 11:11 AM
John A

This guy is a wonder. A marijuana proponent who admits it can make people paranoid? Breath of the other stuff. Fresh Air.

May. 16 2013 10:46 AM

What about second-hand smoke?

What would non-smokers be inhaling, especially in apartment buildings?

May. 16 2013 10:41 AM
Tim E Wastin from NYSea

Stop wasting our money on drug enforcement. legalize drugs and sell them at government owned stores and advertised as the product for "losers". This way there is no incentive in pushing drugs on "new" customers. This will curtail the incentives for drug crime including prostitution. And junkies will get a clean measured dosage of drug. We are paying billions for drug enforcement, prisons, and on the other hand other class of "checked out of the work force" namely the disabled (i.e. This American Life episode on the subject). The only ones who are afraid of this are the drug cartels and the law enforcement agencies "fighting" who enjoy the job security. This is going on for too long.

May. 16 2013 10:41 AM


I'm not sure what other effects you're talking about, but mj can be consumed in other ways than smoking such as vaporizing and eating. There are many electronic-cigarette type of vaporizers available that work very much like the e-cigarettes.

May. 16 2013 10:39 AM
Ed from Larchmont

We need marijuana for medical reasons but I understand it's harder on the lungs than regular cigarettes. Not to mention its other effects.

May. 16 2013 05:50 AM

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