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 ]0. :AmI_cher_m m_d_cal way _o det_rm_r_ chru_ saf_y _ _al led the
 -- therapeuic ratio. .i_is ratio de?ines the difference between a therapeutically 7
 effective dose and_a ,dose which is. capable of inducing ,adverse effects°
 ll,_ A commonly _sed over-the-counter product _ike _spi_rin has a
 therapeutic ratio o_ around l :20. Two aspirins are the recommended dose for )
 adult patiemts, Twenty times this dose, forty aspirins, may cause a lethal
 • _ :>macti_m_fn:some_.)ati(nts, and will almost certainly cause gross injury to the
 digestive system, including extensive internal bleeding_ )
 12o The therapeutic ratio for prescribed drugs is commonly around I :10
 or lower, Val_um,"_ conmonly useU prescriptive drug',, may cause very ser,lous
 __i_al damage if patients use ten times the recommended {tberapebtic) c_OSeo
 13_ There are, of course, prescriptive drugs which have much lower
 therapeutic ratios. Many of the drugs used to treat patients woith cancer,
 glaucoma and multiple sclerosis are highly toxic_ ° The therapeutic ratio of
 some of t)e drugs used In antineoplastic therapies, for examples are regarded as
 - extmemely toxic poisons with therapeutic ratios that may fall below l :t.5.
 These drugs also have ve. ry low LD-50 ratios and can result in toxic, even lethal
 reacti ons, while being properly employed
 14., By contrast, marijuana:s therapeutic ratio, like its LD-50, is
 Impossible to quantify because it is so high,
 15. In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than ma_y foods we
 comonly consume. For example, eating ten raw potatoes can result i_ a toxic
 response, By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to >
 induce deatho
 16. Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest tberapeutical ly

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