Daily Mail 12 January 2017
Family First Comment: Damning!
“In fact, the current lack of scientific information ‘poses a public health risk,’ said the report, released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Patients, health care professionals and policy makers need more evidence to make sound decisions, it said.”
Exactly what we have been asking for!
Marijuana does raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and triggers heart attacks, according to the most significant study on the drug’s effects to date.
A federal advisory panel admitted cannabis can almost certainly ease chronic pain, and might help some people sleep.
But it dismisses most of the drug’s other supposedly ‘medical benefits’ as unproven.
Crucially, the researchers concluded there is not enough research to say whether marijuana effectively treats epilepsy – one of the most widely-recognized reasons for cannabis prescriptions.
The report also casts doubt on using cannabis to treat cancers, irritable bowel syndrome, or certain symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, or helping people beat addictions.
The experts called for a national effort to learn more about marijuana and its chemical cousins, including similarly acting compounds called cannabinoids.
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Marijuana helps some illnesses, but has risks – report
NewsHub 13 January 2017
A report into the health benefits of marijuana shows despite some medicinal properties, it still comes with risks.
United States public health experts looked at more than 10,000 studies into the medical and recreational use of marijuana.
The report found cannabis is effective in relieving chronic pain in adults, muscle spasms in Multiple sclerosis and nausea from chemotherapy.
Further research is required to see if it helps with other conditions like epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder.
But health experts also linked the drug to schizophrenia, although they couldn’t determine whether marijuana could cause the condition.
They also found taking cannabis at a young age increases the risk of addiction.
The report showed marijuana is linked to an increased risk of having a car crash.
Despite the volume of research, the main thing the report revealed was just how much there is still to learn.