Here's What Marijuana Does To You

Last week's Weednesday Post generated several comments that took my side but the facts wrong. Specifically, a couple of commenters claimed "marijuana is harmless." That's not true. While cannabis may be have fewer harmful effects than alcohol and tobacco, someone who abstains from all three will be healthier mentally and physically than the same person smoking pot.

On the other hand, a lot proponents of prohibition throw around bad science, too. The prohibition lobby has generated tons of false "facts" to manipulate the debate.

Luckily, Business Insider cataloged what we know about cannabis--good and bad.  Take a look at this slide show. Here are the top positives and negatives of smoking weed.

Negatives Positives
It blocks memory formation Marijuana also makes us feel good
It can mess up your reward system It's better for your lungs than tobacco
THC messes with your balance It may decrease anxiety
Cannabis use may increase the risk of depression It controls epileptic seizures
Intense anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic are common side effects It relieves arthritis discomfort
Marijuana users may experience psychosis Marijuana treats inflammatory bowel diseases
Audio and visual hallucinations are common THC slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease
It robs you of sleep A chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading
Inhaling marijuana causes your heart rate to increase It's been shown to alleviate PTSD

Finally, decriminalized or not, cannabis is illegal in Missouri. I think that's a really bad law, but it is the law. In fact, Missouri has the most draconian pot laws in the country. Growing, possessing, buying, selling, and smoking are all crimes. And suspicious activity--like an indoor garden--subject you and your family to SWAT raids and searches, even if you've never seen a pot plant.