Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Just as liberalization laws are passing to allow people to smoke marijuana, scientific studies are indicating that some types might be harmful to the brain. They are cannabis crossbred to produce higher levels of THC, the chemical that causes euphoric effects. However, science is a step behind the law. There is no clear link yet between THC and mental health. This raises an interesting dilemma. Are we repeating the history of cigarettes in which science did not catch up with marketing of tobacco for decades, and when it did, it took decades more to reduce smoking. From a PR perspective, it makes more sense to complete the scientific studies before opening the door further to smoking cannabis. The public should know what it is getting into rather than manufacturing another health crisis. However, it looks now like society is ready to repeat past mistakes with another crisis in the making.