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To the Editor.—
In their paper, "The Marihuana-Induced 'Social High' " (213:1300, 1970). the authors' conclusions seem a little out of touch with their study.Their concluding statement that use of pure Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) should be explored as a possible way to relieve suffering and produce some euphoria in patients with certain chronic disabling conditions bears no relation to the data in their study (all healthy, young subjects) or any of their references.The finding of carelessness in both baseline and laboratory Bender-Gestalt drawings in seven out of the ten medical students tested is not discussed in the conclusions. If someone manifests "striking" carelessness in a nonstressful situation such as a drawing test, how would he, were he a physician, perform in an operating room or emergency department of a busy hospital?Discussion of the vibratory sensation improvement, and of the percentage of THC in their marihuana sample,
Bates GM. Marihuana. JAMA. 1970;214(8):1566. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180080146040