The National Academy of Sciences recently (12 Jan. 2017) reported that marijuana indeed does have medical benefits. The report came after one of the most comprehensive studies on marijuana to date. The study revolved around health effects as well as therapeutic and recreational usage of marijuana and cannabis-derived products, such as cannabis oils and creams.
One part of the study shows, to quote:
“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.”
Even though the medicinal benefits of marijuana have been seen in thousands of cases over and over again – research is still being halted on a major scale. Marijuana is still considered a class 1 drug in many cases and is considered illegal across many states in the USA and around the world. However, Hemp CBD industrial extracts are not considered as part of this ridiculous un-studied claim.
At the time of writing, 28 states have implemented medicinal marijuana laws, and 16 other states have some forms of CBD-compound laws.
With all said and done, the DEA refused to re-evaluate marijuana as medicine last summer. They have reported that the drug will not be rescheduled, basically saying they see no medicinal value in it, despite the viral qualities of the plant’s benefits.
We now see that even though research on cannabis’ medical benefits is being halted, some still get through and almost every time and deliver evidence-based arguments pro-marijuana use in medicine.
During the last few decades, more than one comprehensive study on marijuana found similar results. The Institute of Medicine did one of these studies back in 1982, and then again in 1999. The 1982 study concluded that, to quote:
“Cannabis and its derivatives have shown promise in the treatment of a variety of disorders. The evidence is most impressive in glaucoma, where their mechanism of action appears to be different from the standard drugs; in asthma, where they approach isoproterenol in effectiveness; and in nausea and vomiting of cancer chemotherapy, where they compare favorably with phenothiazines. Smaller trials have suggested cannabis might also be useful in seizures, spasticity, and other nervous system disorders.”
When we consider these reports in combination with specific, personal cases where patients took matters into their own hands and basically cured themselves with cannabis – it is baffling how this kind of a cure still remains classified as a class 1 drug. Conspiracy theory alert? We think so.