Medical marijuana lowers blood pressure, dilates the arteries and reduces body temperature an average of one-half degree, thereby relieving stress. Evening marijuana smokers in general report more restful sleep. Using Cannabis allows most people a more complete rest with a higher amount of "alpha time" during sleep as compared with prescription or sleep-inducing patent sedatives.
Prescription sleeping pills (the so called "legal, safe and effective" drugs are often just synthesized analogs of truly dangerous plants like mandrake, henbane and belladona. As late as 1991, doctors, pharmacists and drug companies were fighting off new legislation to restrict these often abused compounds (L.A. Times, April 2, 1991).
Unlike Valium, Marijuana does not potentiate the effects of alcohol. It is estimated that Marijuana could replace more than 50% of Valium, Librium, Thorazine, Stelazine and most sleeping pills. It is unconscionable that, over the past two decades, tens of thousands of parents have committed their own children, aged 11 to 17, to be treated by massive doses of so-called "zine" drugs in order to get them off marijuana, at the urging of parent groups, the PDFA, the Feds and administrators and doctors from federally approved, private and high profit drug rehabilitation centers.