Dubious Doobies

Little is known about marijuana’s medicinal or injurious effects, which complicates the drug’s shifting legal status. Some studies hint at relief for patients dealing with chronic pain or anxiety. Some indicate higher levels of violence and possible correlative opioid overdose rates.
 
Ultimately, there’s a lack of definitive research around marijuana’s long-term effects, writes the New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell. This is unusual in pharmaceuticals where extensive testing would have been required before release, but not so strange considering that the drug was illegal until recently.
 
Until quality trials are conducted, marijuana maintains a “muddled risk profile”—somewhere between coffee and opioids and best heavily regulated like alcohol and tobacco.
 
The New Yorker

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