Does cannabis kill brain cells? Seemingly everyone has heard this statement since they were children and it is time to examine the facts surrounding it.
According to Dr. Malik Burnett, M.D, there is very little evidence to suggest that this claim is true. Unlike alcohol, cannabis does NOT have neurotoxic effects.
A study, often cited by mainstream media, that claimed that cannabis does kill brain cells, used a very small sample size of 1,000 people, and only 3.8% of the participants showed any sign of losing I.Q points over a period of time.
Since cannabis has been suppressed for the past 100 years as a medicinal substance, the studies surrounding it are somewhat scarce, and often heavily biased (see sources).
Interestingly, in a recent study, 20 percent of cannabis users had graduated with a master’s degree. In contrast, the figure was 12 percent for those who stated they would never consider trying marijuana.
Cannabis consumption at an early age may have detrimental effects on brain development (including I.Q), and according to the studies, it seems that the age in which you start smoking will have the biggest effect on I.Q and cognitive function.
Does Cannabis Kill Brain Cells? A Very Early Report on Cannabis Use in India
As early as the late 1800s, cannabis was known to have little to no adverse effects:
“Viewing the subject generally, it may be added that the moderate use of these drugs is the rule, and that the excessive use is comparatively exceptional. The moderate use practically produces no ill effects. In all but the most exceptional cases, the injury from habitual moderate use is not appreciable. The excessive use may certainly be accepted as very injurious, though it must be admitted that in many excessive consumers the injury is not clearly marked. The injury done by the excessive use is, however, confined almost exclusively to the consumer himself; the effect on society is rarely appreciable. It has been the most striking feature in this inquiry to find how little the effects of hemp drugs have obtruded themselves on observation.”
Does Cannabis Kill Brain Cells? The Pharmaceutical Industry’s False Narratives
The pharmaceutical industry seems to be losing money, and customers, in the 17 U.S states that have legalized cannabis. These states have seen fewer pharmaceutical drug overdoses and illicit drug abuse on the whole.
Information surrounding the benefits of cannabis has been suppressed for over 100 years by major corporations, governments, and the medical industry. (See Sources)
Pharmaceutical companies would rather have the population on addictive, expensive, and harmful opiates. Also, the pharmaceutical industry has made many false claims, as well as planting media stories, such as how marijuana edibles are easily ingested by children.
In the United States, areas with legal medical marijuana seen less pain pill, opiate, and other dangerous drugs prescribed. In addition to the pharmaceutical industry lobbying politicians by paying them (in one way or another), the alcohol industry is also to blame for anti-cannabis lawmakers and politicians.
Does Cannabis Kill Brain Cells? Cannabis Consumption & Success
Successful cannabis users, in the past, were never publicized as something to celebrate. Nowadays, cannabis is legal in many U.S States as well as Canada. This new world of legal cannabis is helping to alleviate the social discomfort, experienced by some, who openly admit that they smoke cannabis.
A recent study from BDS analytics surrounding cannabis users in California and Colorado came to some interesting conclusions.
This study used extensive data and found that cannabis users were, in fact, more successful and happier than non-cannabis users. This study also found that 20 percent of cannabis users had graduated with a master’s degree. In contrast, the figure was 12 percent for those who stated they would never consider trying marijuana.
Although the relationship between cannabis and brain cells needs to be studied a lot more, the evidence that we do have leads to the conclusion that cannabis does not kill brain cells.
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