Analysis of the Public Health Impact of Cannabis Must Include the Health Benefits of Moderate Use: A Commentary by Thomas M Clark


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In a Commentary article by Thomas M Clark, Department of Biological Sciences, Indiana University South Bend, USA discusses the public health impact of Cannabis use fails to consider the beneficial effects of moderate, adult use, resulting in a misleading perception of harm. Cannabis use counteracts two serious public health crises, the obesity epidemic and the drug overdose epidemic, thereby providing a net improvement in public health.

A well-supported, comprehensive theory has been established that details how Cannabis use improves metabolic function by reversing the harm caused by the modern industrial diet . Human physiology has not changed since 1960, but our food supply has changed a great deal. One of the most significant of these changes is a shift in the ratio of two essential nutrients, the omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Prior to the emergence of industrial, processed food as a major component of our diet, the dietary ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids was approximately 4:1. In the modern diet of processed foods, this ratio has increased to as much as 20:1. This shift leads to overstimulation of the endocannabinoid system, the internal signaling system acted upon by the active chemicals of Cannabis.

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