Cannabis Mythbusting with Justin Sinclair

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Cannabis Mythbusting with Justin Sinclair

Gateway Drug? Violent behaviour? Addiction? Dependence? Lowering IQ? Lung Cancer?

There is more misinformation surrounding the use and/or abuse of cannabis than perhaps any other illicit drug, and this has served to perpetuate many myths surrounding its use and effects. No-one is more educated on the history, the culture, the phytochemistry as well as the abuse of, or the compassionate, responsible use of medicinal cannabis than Justin Sinclair.

Today Justin dispels many of the misnomers about Cannabis in a comprehensive discussion of the facts from the literature, science and statistics. 


Covered in this episode:

[01:10] Welcoming back Justin Sinclair
[02:50] Today's Topic: Myths and Misconceptions of Cannabis
[03:06] Why was Marijuana so prevalent in the 1960's
[06:00] Dependence and is marijuana a gateway drug?
[12:29] Statistics on "legal" substance addiction: Sugar, Tobacco, Alcohol
[13:58] Evidence and statistics for marijuana being a gateway drug
[19:53] Comparing statistics: what is more dangerous?
[23:48] Have more relaxed laws on cannabis (eg. SA and ACT) led to more illicit drug use?
[25:30] A word on hydroponics 
[27:00] Fact or Fiction: Vaping
[29:47] Fact or Fiction: Can cannabis lower IQ
[34:31] Experiences of those countries that have legalised cannabis?
[38:40] What's the link with Cannabis and lung cancer?
[43:01] Consensus on actives in cannabis and hemp
[49:36] Final comments on social vs. medicinal cannabis use
[52:08] Final thanks to Justin

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Justin Sinclair

Justin has been involved in exploring herbal medicines from both a scientific and traditional perspective for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy from the University of New England in 2002 and his Master of Herbal Medicines from Sydney University's faculty of Pharmacy in 2004. 

He has worked as a technical consultant to the CAM industry since 2006 and worked in degree level education since 2007 teaching a wide array of subjects, from anatomy, physiology, clinical pathology and integrated pharmacology to modality specific subjects such as pharmacognosy & phytochemistry, botany and advanced herbal therapeutics.

He has been active in various professional associations, including working as an Executive Director, Board Member Advisory Committee member and Examiner for the National Herbalists Associations of Australia, and currently sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for United in Compassion.

He has published several chapters in leading naturopathic textbooks and articles in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of pain management, herbal medicine and herb/drug interactions. His current clinical and research interests include medicinal cannabis, the endocannabinoid system, plant pharmacology for pain, inflammation, physiological adaptation and immunomodulation.

Visit Justin's website here.