Marijuana as Medicine
Physician symposiums are opening up dialogue regarding the role of cannabis in healthcare. In April, 2017, the University of South Florida’s College of Pharmacy gathered doctors and other healthcare providers to a meeting to learn about the advances being made in cannabis research.
Michael Dor, medical director of the Israeli Ministry of Health’s Medical Cannabis Unit, spoke at the symposium indicated that patients with diseases like MS, Lou Gehrig’s, Parkinson’s, Chrohn’s disease receive great relief from medical cannabis use.
“USF researchers glimpse the future of medical marijuana.” Herald Tribune, Barbara Smith, April 27, 2017.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine published “Marijuana as Medicine?: The Science Beyond the Controversy in 2000; among their recommendations was that research and clinical trials be conducted concerning the physiological effects of the cannabinoids that are naturally found in the human body.
At that time, the IMO recommended developing a nonsmoked rapid-onset cannabinoid delivery system. This report also stated that the authors were not promoting smoked marijuana, but suggested that further studies be conducted because of the high number of patients who claim that smoking marijuana is the best delivery system.
Institute of Medicine. 2000. Marijuana As Medicine?: The Science Beyond the Controversy. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
In 2013, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, wrote his famous article, “Why I changed my mind on weed.” In his article, he outlined his history of marijuana research and apologized for his earlier stance.
He explained that he had taken the work of the DEA and realized that the listing of marijuana as a schedule 1 substance was not based on science. Gupta’s article echoes many of the proponents of medical marijuana, who claim that the risks of marijuana have been blown out of proportion and there has not been enough medical research to prove the benefits.
Gupta’s article is one of the best arguments for the research and development of cannabis for medical use. “Why I changed my mind on weed.” Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent.
August 8, 2013.