The “Need More Research” Fallacy Exposed
The idea that we “need more research” when it comes to cannabis simply isn’t accurate. We have plenty of research on this plant, especially since we’ve been studying it for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Of course, modern medicine requires certain standards when it comes to research, however, even by modern standards we have enough research available to conclude on the safety of cannabis.
The “More Research” fallacy is nothing more than a stall tactic. For thousands of years, humans have been using cannabis for medical, spiritual, and recreational purposes. Throughout all this time, the general consensus is that cannabis is relatively benign and actually very beneficial for humans to consume.
However, for the past one hundred years or so, there has been an active campaign against the use of cannabis. At first, the disinformation about the plant was outlandish and usually racially motivated. Yet throughout the decades, the disinformation started to resemble “scientific research”. This pseudo-scientific papers would then be used to support the initial lies that ushered in the prohibition of marijuana.
Controlling the Research
In the US, research on cannabis meant that you had to jump through loops to gain access to marijuana which would only be supplied from the University of Mississippi – the only sanctioned federal marijuana grow site. We won’t talk about the “quality” of federal weed (which resembles hemp and not cannabis), but it is important to mention that the US government worked to keep research stifled.
In order to conduct research, you’d not only have to get permission from the FDA and the DEA, you’d have to be temporarily deputized as a DEA agent seeing that cannabis is a Schedule-I Substance.
You can understand that many researchers and scientists were not too eager to go through this process to simply research marijuana.
However, despite all efforts, the United States couldn’t keep cannabis away from researchers. Scientists simply had to do their research outside of the US, and that is exactly what they did.
The Rest of the World continued to Study Marijuana
The idea that there “simply isn’t enough research” is bullshit. Countries like Israel have been studying cannabis for several decades now. They have double and triple-blind placebo studies, studies on cancer, the immune system, individual cannabinoids…you name it.
In fact, there are more than 20,000 published studies on cannabis currently available, with more piling on every day. Cannabis is one of the most studied plants in all modern history. We know of its existence and use for thousands of years. In all likeliness, it was one of the first crops of humanity that helped us stop being hunter gatherers.
To claim that there “simply isn’t enough research” is simply not an accurate statement. The question we should be asking is; “Why do we need more research?” More importantly, why don’t we see the same level of scrutiny on other medicine?
Equality of Drug Scrutiny
Being careful about substances is not a bad thing. I’d much rather have more research than less on any given topic. However, when it comes to cannabis, there is an unbalanced scrutiny on the plant. “We need to know more” is a bullshit excuse, especially since we’re seeing medication being peddles to the masses with side effects including, “Rectal Bleeding, Suicidal Thoughts or Actions” and of course the cherry on top “Sudden Death”.
If cannabis, at any time would have any of these “side effects”, we’d be crucifying it. But cannabis does not have these side effects. Worst case scenario with cannabis is that you freak out a bit, have a rough night and wake up the next morning saying, “Man that was crazy”. You won’t die, you won’t bleed from your anus, you won’t have suicidal thoughts or actions.
Yet, these “other drugs” get a free pass. “Well of course, they are FDA approved!” Well, if side effects like that passes the standards of the FDA…it makes you wonder. What is their acceptable margin for error? Why is it that with cannabis, “we need more research”?
It doesn’t make sense. It never has.
The Stall Tactic Explained
By now, you should have realized that cannabis is going to be legalized globally. The tipping-point has been reached and surpassed and the dominos are falling one by one. One of the major players, the United States, need to put the final nail in the coffin for the rest of the world to follow suit. This, despite many countries already embracing legal cannabis.
But why are the politicians stalling with “we need more research?” Firstly, I think their pharmaceutical sponsors are asking for more time because they want to ‘get ahead’ of the market. If cannabis is going to be legal, you can bet you ass that the pharmaceutical companies will want a slice of the pie.
This is probably the main reason why we still need more research. But let’s be honest…research, we have plenty of that.