Doctors Not Concerned About Your Marijuana Use

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  Doctors Not Concerned About Your Marijuana Use

Posted by CN Staff on October 05, 2016 at 16:03:30 PT
By Christopher Ingraham 
Source: Washington Post 

USA -- Doctors in the United States are not terribly concerned about your marijuana use, according to a study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).Researchers presented a representative sample of 233 primary-care physicians with nine hypothetical patient behaviors -- tobacco use, alcohol use, obesity, etc. -- and asked them how much of a problem they thought these behaviors were on a 10-point scale. Their goal was to suss out differences in doctors' attitudes and treatment behaviors based on their political affiliation.
Among the nine behaviors, doctors rated marijuana use as the least-worrisome behavior, tied with abortion as an area of concern. By contrast, doctors rated not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle and having intercourse with sex workers several times a year as the most problematic behaviors on the list.The doctors rated alcohol use, tobacco use and obesity as significantly more pressing issues, health-wise, than marijuana use. The findings add some empirical heft to a Scientific American essay written by physician Nathaniel Morris, in which he argued that "for most health care providers, marijuana is an afterthought. ... In medicine, marijuana use is often seen on par with tobacco or caffeine consumption — something we counsel patients about stopping or limiting, but nothing urgent to treat or immediately life-threatening."Although polls show that significant majorities of doctors approve of medical marijuana use, most mainstream medical organizations have been cautious when it comes to changes in marijuana policy. The American Medical Association opposes marijuana legalization, for instance.But as more states liberalize their marijuana policies, some doctors' groups are adopting an official pro-legalization stance. The California Medical Association supports the ballot measure that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana there. Earlier this year, a group of physicians calling themselves Doctors for Cannabis Regulation formed with the explicit goal of supporting marijuana legalization on public health grounds.As for the political distinction that was the reason these questions were posed in the first place, the PNAS study found that marijuana use was one of the more polarizing topics among the doctors they surveyed. Republican doctors were, on average, much more concerned about marijuana use than their Democratic colleagues."Republican [physicians] are more likely to discuss health risks of marijuana [with their patients], urge the patient to cut down, and discuss legal risks," according to the study.The doctors were also polarized over the relative seriousness of previous abortions (Republican doctors more concerned) and of the presence of guns in the home (Democratic doctors more concerned).Overall, doctors' mild concern about marijuana use is not terribly surprising, given what the research shows about the health risks of marijuana use relative to the use of other common drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco.Public health-wise, most researchers aren't worried about marijuana use per se, but rather heavy marijuana use -- the people who use marijuana daily, or multiple times a day. Those people are at a greatest risk for dependency and various health problems associated with heavy use -- even if those problems don't appear to be as severe as the debilitating conditions associated with long-term heavy tobacco or alcohol use.Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author:   Christopher IngrahamPublished: October 5, 2016Copyright: 2016 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL:  -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #5 posted by runruff on October 07, 2016 at 05:25:06 PT

Quote of the day:
"It's always been legal in my house, man!"-Tommy Chong
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on October 06, 2016 at 16:58:36 PT

Hello! It's so good to see you!
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Comment #3 posted by Rainbow on October 06, 2016 at 14:11:10 PT:

Mayo Clinic
Actually the ER at Mayo Clinic is obsessed with cannabis. Was in for bee sting and they asked multiple times. Arizona Doc day if you use we won't help with your illness. So as always it depends. 
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Comment #2 posted by observer on October 06, 2016 at 13:31:11 PT

The Medicine of Prison and Forced-Labor Slavery
So Bernays of them: ask a man of some perceived expertise or authority on some subject (like medical care), his opinion on a different but related matter. For example, ask an MD about "legalizing" pot (a euphemism for not jailing people for pot, designed to obscure the "jail" detail).It is Bernays four out of five doctors schtick (except worse). Government trots out government -educated "doctors" from government -accredited schools, and these government -licensed experts on medical care, then hold forth on "legalization" (which concerns arrest and jail, not medicine), always to uphold the government -led arresting and jailing of people, for cannabis. Government propagandists hope that "medical doctor" air-of-authority carries over to the political and legal matter of arresting and jailing people for pot. Government propagandists hope you don't begin to question why a medical doctor's opinion of "legalization" should be a reason why adults should be arrested, jailed, and enslaved (literally - chattel style) over pot. In an ostensible democracy, the people are the arbiters of whether jailing should or should not happen for a given act (cannabis use or growing). Not government experts.Unless...Unless government can convince you that some (government) doctors should be the real arbiters of whether or not people are arrested and jailed for pot, not you. Not the people. Unless government can sucker you into giving up your power. I'd say government is pretty good at that move. They're tops at lying and deception ops.The Medicine of JailHere's what government wants you to think.
Of course, we all know that arrest/jail/prison has no effect on people. So we need not worry at all about arresting and jailing people for pot. Since government accredited experts and authorities know that marijuana is a deadly, harmful, bane on human life, the decision is clear. Besides, you break the law, you deserve to be arrested and go to jail. The law is the law. Orders are orders. Befehl ist Befehl. You do the crime (pot), you "do" the "time." (That is to say, government can legally enslave you, or kill you if you resist in any way. Like for all laws where police are involved. Duh.)
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on October 05, 2016 at 16:42:19 PT

>>> In medicine, marijuana use is often seen on par with tobacco
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