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Friday, December 23, 2016

Weighing the Benefits and Risks of Medical Marijuana

The ASCO Post
Mixed Picture of Health Benefits
Although the two main compounds found in cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), have been widely used for treating disease and alleviating symptoms, a meta-analysis of 79 randomized trials that compared cannabinoids with usual care, placebo, or no treatment for nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy; appetite stimulation in HIV/AIDS; chronic pain; spasticity due to multiple sclerosis or paraplegia; depression; anxiety; insomnia; psychosis; glaucoma; or Tourette syndrome, has found mixed results on their effectiveness.2 According to the study results, there was moderate-quality evidence suggesting the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic pain and spasticity and only low-quality evidence on their effectiveness for improving nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, weight gain in HIV infection, sleep disorders, and Tourette syndrome.


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