4th September 2011
Drug policy: The question of marijuana – the bane of society or a miracle drug?
Came across the following video on FB and spent 50 minutes watching it. You might be aware that I'm exploring the drug policy question on this blog post. Haven't formed a view yet. In the meanwhile, it appears that marijuana is a special and different kind of drug, and deserves a separate page of its own. Happy to receive links to useful articles on this topic, or any opinions you might have formed.
Also see this (10 minutes), early 2011:
The full 1 hour documentary here.
My experience with Marijuana
I've only had this once in my life, when I was in school. I had gone to the birthday party of a school friend, Sanjeev Bhatnagar. In that party his parents (his father was an income tax officer) had provided pakoras made of some leaves. Not having any clue about what this was, I ate the pakoras along with other treats. While returning home (by bicycle) I felt a bit giddy, but managed to reach home. At home I became a kind of a nut (I think), laughing, chattering about like a crazy drunken film star. Everything became big for some reason. Anyway, by morning this was over. A great relief.
Marijuana is therefore perhaps widely and readily available in India, and I know of at least one well known writer who smokes it daily in big quantities. It is called bhang or charas (don't know which is what). It is definitely mixed in drinks in holi by some families (thandai). I notice from this article that it is technically illegal in India but is available in government approved shops.
Marijuana in Auyurveda
Studies in the West
THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study (2007) (also here)
The risks of smoking marijuana (Marijuana smoke contains 50% more carcinogens than tobacco. In 2006 marijuana was responsible for 16% of all admissions to treatment facilities in the U.S.)
Anyway, that's a lot of time spent on this for now. More later if time permits.