Can we finally put to rest the canard that marijuana has no medical value?
On Thursday the National Academy of Sciences released a comprehensive review of research on marijuana and concluded that marijuana does indeed have medical value.
The review concluded: ‘One of the therapeutic uses of cannabis and cannabinoids is to treat chronic pain in adults.
The committee found evidence to support that patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids were more likely to experience a significant reduction in pain symptoms.
For adults with multiple sclerosis-related muscle spasms there was substantial evidence that short-term use of certain ‘oral cannabinoids’—man-made cannabinoid-based medications that are orally ingested—improved their reported symptoms.
Furthermore – in adults with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting – there was conclusive evidence that certain oral cannabinoids were effective in preventing and treating those ailments’.