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FDA Claims Marijuana Is No Less Toxic Than Alcohol

FDA Claims Marijuana Is No Less Toxic Than Alcohol

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 08/20/2013 in Medical Marijuana

Just yesterday, the National Institute on Drug Abuse released a rather interesting statement to PolitiFact, denying that marijuana is any less toxic than alcohol. The statement was inspired by the recent pro-marijuana ad premiered and then instantaneously pulled at the Brickyard 400 race recently at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The institute stated, “Claiming that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol cannot be substantiated since each possesses their own unique set of risks and consequences for a given individual.” In an effort of legitimizing this claim, PolitiFact made an equivocal comparison between marijuana and alcohol related deaths and toxicity levels of the two substances.

The findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics showed 41,682 alcohol toxicity related deaths in 2010 alone. The center was unable to find any reports listing marijuana as a direct cause of death.

Back in 2006, the FDA reported that there are no definitive established facts to support that marijuana has any medical use or value. It seems in the seven years passed, little has been done, or better yet recognized to disprove these false claims.

In a study conducted that effectively measured toxicity levels of substances ranging from harder drugs like heroin to marijuana by Robert Gable, an emeritus professor of psychology at Claremont Graduate University, the results showed that “…when it comes to the chances of immediate death by chemical toxicity, marijuana is about 100 times safer than alcohol or cocaine.”

According to the FDAs site, it will not approve medical marijuana because it claims there have not been enough clinical trials showing that marijuana’s benefits outweigh its health risks in patients with the symptoms it is meant to treat. However, dozens of patient stories reported globally have disproved this statement. Also, to be considered a legitimate medicine, a substance must have well-defined and measurable ingredients that are consistent from one unit (such as a pill or injection) to the next. What it all comes down to is the FDA’s absence of knowledge, ultimate avoidance and lack of desire to further pursue the various medical benefits of cannabis.

PolitiFact acknowledged that all evidence surrounding marijuana’s long-term effects have long since remained in a gray area. Still, their fact-checker accepted the claim that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol as “mostly true.”

Mason Tvert, communications director over at the Marijuana Policy Project stated that this claim is truly a new low for their agency. “Our federal government has been exaggerating the harms of marijuana for decades, but at this point it has gone off the deep end,” Tvert told The Huffington Post. “NIDA’s statement that marijuana can be just as toxic as alcohol would be on par with the FDA announcing sushi as fattening as fried chicken.”

Tvert continued, “This is gross negligence on the agency’s part and should be addressed immediately by the White House. It is one thing for our federal officials to convey their opposition to marijuana policy reform. It is an entirely different and more disturbing situation when they are conveying opposition to scientific evidence.”

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