A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concludes that marijuana is an effective treatment for chronic pain, chemotherapy-related nausea and the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Researchers examined over 10,000 marijuana studies to arrive at their conclusions. Evidence available in the studies was inconclusive as to marijuana’s effectiveness for treating epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, PTSD and other maladies.
- An analysis of multiple marijuana studies concluded that marijuana is effective for treating chronic pain, relieving multiple sclerosis symptoms and alleviating nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy.
- Since Marijuana’s is classified as a Schedule I drug, research is made difficult to undertake as the approval process encountered by scientists often discourages new research from being conducted.
- As there were some negative side effects to smoking marijuana, the report also stressed the more research was necessary to gain a better understanding of marijuana’s effects on human health and society as a whole.
“The positive findings include “conclusive or substantial” evidence that the above-mentioned therapeutic applications are effective and the fact that there is little or no evidence linking marijuana smoking to cancer.”