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Leading Medical Association Determines Cannabis Is Medicine

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Leading Medical Association Determines Cannabis Is Medicine

These reports confirm decades of independent study surrounding the cannabis plant.

Several prominent figures of the nation’s leading medical society recently published a series of documents in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggesting that cannabis does, in fact, possess a number of important health benefits.

After conducting an analysis on a number of clinical studies, researchers came forward last month with five crucial reports that reveals cannabis use “for chronic pain, neuropathic pain and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis is supported by high-quality evidence.”

These reports confirm decades of independent study surrounding the cannabis plant, as well as discount the claim that “marijuana is not medicine,” which is often made by those who oppose its legalization.

The American Medical Association once stood against the prohibition of marijuana, but that opinion, throughout the years, became more in line with the ideals of the federal government. Marijuana advocates say it’s refreshing to have this organization back on the side of reason – at least to some degree.

Nevertheless, some media outlets have professed the JAMA reports to be based on junk science, arguing that “there was low-quality evidence suggesting that cannabinoids were associated with improvements in nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, weight gain in HIV infection, sleep disorders and Tourette syndrome.”

An editorial written by Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza claims “there is some evidence to support the use of marijuana for nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy, specific pain syndromes and spasticity from multiple sclerosis. However, for most other indications that qualify by state law for use of medical marijuana, such as hepatitis C, Crohn disease, Parkinson disease, or Tourette syndrome, the evidence supporting its use is of poor quality.”

The only problem with the JAMA findings, according to experts in the field of cannabis, is that the majority of the research conducted over the past several decades has been to explore the evils of the cannabis plant.

“You know how incredibly hard it is to do research that is intended to confirm benefits of cannabis?” said Clint Warner, author of “Marijuana: Gateway to Health” in the East Bay Express. “It’s impossible. We still have a huge catch-22.”

The Obama Administration recently lifted some of the restrictions that have previously made it difficult for researchers to study the positive effects of the cannabis plant. Experts believe that once this impeding issue is addressed, more relative evidence on the health potentials of cannabis will emerge in abundance.

Have you used cannabis to treat your medical condition? Share your experience in the comments below.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. William

    August 9, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I simply could not live without cannabis in my life. I suffer from debilitating migraine headaches which can put me in bed for three days with nothing but vomiting and throbbing left temporal pain. The pain gets so bad it makes you throw up until nothing left but dark green bile. I was on 160 mg of Oxycontin daily and finally on Methadone 80 mg a day. Now I use 2 Methadone a day at the most and confine my intense vomiting to no more than a couple of times a month. My neurologist is OK (medical use legal in AZ) with my cannabis use while my PCP is so upset with me. I felt like a 12 year old caught smoking in the bathroom after another doctor gave me a drug test without asking my permission. So now I am stuck between doctors with differing opinions. But I will stick with what helps me. People die daily from Oxycontin, Methadone, and yes, alcohol but not one person has died from direct effect of cannabis. That should be all the studies we need to free the use by anyone and everyone when needed.

  2. Donald

    July 22, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I use it for my sleeping disorder now that I’m on probation and I’ve tried all kinds of pills but they make me sick or I can’t get up on time ..Georgia

  3. Cynthia

    July 15, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I use it for treatment of Neurosarcoidosis, which causes severe peripheral neuropathy and radial neuropathy as well as gastroparesis. My pain level is a solid daily 8, without CBD and THC.

  4. Maria

    July 13, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Not only does has it helped my glaucoma,osteoarthritis & diabetes but it also helps stop diarrhea

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