If anxiety is the new depression, then weed might be our next miracle drug. And no, this isn’t the same seedy crap you get from your local delivery service. I’m talking about medically targeted spliffs, designed to only affect your amygdala (the neural source of fear and anxiety). Over at the new NY Inquirer, I make a case for the future of medical marijuana:
Despite the fact marijuana was first cultivated almost 10,000 years ago, modern medicine has yet to find a pharmaceutical equal. No other substance melts away our fears with such slick efficiency. But that may soon change. A cadre of neuroscientists is now using the natural potency of pot–its active ingredient is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)–as the possible basis for a next generation anti-anxiety pill.