Some Still Believe Medical Cannabis Has No Medical Value
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 11/03/2014 in Medical Marijuana Research
A recent article posted on www.PalmBeachPost.com, conveyed the commentary that there is no scientific data to back the legalizing of medical marijuana. The author, James E. Harrell, writes that Amendment 2, termed “Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions”, which is on the November ballot, represents a classic case of creating medicine by public opinion, and not by science or research.” Harrell is of the perspective that before creating the medicine of marijuana by public opinion, there should first be scientific research done to clearly demonstrate through empirical data, that marijuana or its derivatives, are indeed effective and safe treatments for specific diseases.
He states that the evidence on “medical marijuana” is still in the preliminary stages, and while there are supporters of “medical marijuana” who champion studies that may lead one to believe that they have proved the beneficial effects of marijuana, none of the studies have so far been statistically reliable in proving the effectiveness or safety for the treatment of the diseases specifically listed in Amendment 2. He goes on further to say that, while we do currently know that there is some evidence that delta-9-THC, dronabinol and nabilone — all derivatives of THC — may benefit some patients with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, the stimulation of appetite in advanced cancers, as well as dietary problems seen in HIV and AIDS patients, there is still however, insufficient safety and efficacy data available at this point to scientifically prove the benefits of marijuana.
While some of the views expressed in the article are correct with regards to the need for precise steps being taken, in order to compile the necessary empirical data proving efficacy of treatment, unfortunately, at this time the American Federal Government still has medical marijuana listed in the category of a Schedule 1 controlled substance.
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