I honestly don’t know what I should have expected as I embarked on this huge task, involving about 50 chapters and an in-depth review of the medical literature that, by the end of this year will include about 40,000 PubMed references. Fortunately, about 90% are irrelevant, junk, deep chemistry beyond the grasp of mere mortals, or written in Vietnamese. Still, 4000 articles is a lot of potential science to screen for the nuggets. I am about 30% done, and have burned through 9 reams of printer paper and 3 cartridges.
What I did not expect was how much bad, and I do mean bad, pseudo-science I would have to read, with the charitable assumption that there might be something useful or helpful in those papers. For example, I am trying to read papers in journals like the Journal of Addictive Behavior – there are about 5 of journals like this. Do you want to get published, and why not? Write an article saying that cannabis is bad for you – you can do a case series of you and your neighbor. You can say how when you smoked a joint, the next day you wanted to do it again…so you were addicted, right? Or how you smoked a joint in high school, and ever since then you have had occasional headaches. Honestly, there are a frightening number of papers that say if you smoked a joint once, just once, as an adolescent, and you developed schizophrenia 15 years later, that was likely the cause.
In addition to the naked, transparent bias of scientists who will say or do just about anything to try to prove cannabis is bad, there is a stunning ignorance of their supposed topic. For example, one study gave completely cannabis-naïve subjects, people who claimed they had never used cannabis, 15 mg of THC (in the form of Marinol) three times a day for patients with insomnia and then pronounced it ineffective (!) and the subjects didn’t like how they felt. Now, if I were going to be sure that a patient could not tolerate Marinol and would refuse to take it again, that would be a good way to start. [you are supposed to start at 2.5 mg and work up to a maximum ordinary dose of 10 mg over a couple of weeks] And honestly guys, don’t you know that there is more to weed than THC?
I know, everyone is asleep from the sleep-inducing effects of any discussion about medical cannabis. Nite-nite.