Medical Marijuana Use Vs. Recreational Marijuana Use
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 12/05/2015 in Medical Marijuana Research
With the new surge of medical marijuana legalization throughout the United States a fiery debate has ensued over the side effects marijuana use will have on medical marijuana users and whether short term benefits will justify long term effects. However, despite all of the controversy, there has never been any substantial research and testing on the topic to prove either side right or wrong, until now. In October 2015, Mclean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, received a $500,000 gift that funds their new Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) Program. The funding has come from best-selling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell and will provide the tools to do extensive testing on cognitive functions for medical marijuana pre and post marijuana treatment.
Staci A. Gruber, director of the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core at McLean and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will use the two-year test period to provide detailed scientific backup on cognitive function behavior in adults before and after medical marijuana treatment in the hopes of figuring out how to harness the benefits of medical marijuana in patients without exposing patients who can fall sick to its intrinsic risks.
The test which will be administered on adults with no previous cases of recreational drug use, will test cognitive functions before treatment and after marijuana treatment to see if medical marijuana positively effects or negatively effects cognitive functions for people using it for medical purposes. The two-year test is an important milestone because it will show the effects medical marijuana will have on cognitive functions and it will also inform practitioners about “alternative courses of treatment and prevent unjustified exposure to harm, especially in vulnerable populations.”
Most importantly, there will finally be valid, long term studies on the difference between early onset users of marijuana versus late marijuana users and recreational users without medically regulated dosage and medical users that receive prescriptions to fit their personal medical history.