Why aren’t there more established studies about the medical applications of cannabis?
When cannabis was outlawed, it became extremely difficult for scientists to acquire the plant in order to conduct controlled studies about its medical efficacy. Under President Nixon, the federal government studied cannabis looking for negative effects to bolster its position that cannabis should be considered a harmful substance. When the findings wound up supporting the opposite conclusion, research was abandoned.
Nowadays, with cannabis legal at the state level in numerous markets as well as at the federal level in Canada, there are more avenues for scientists to acquire cannabis for their research and numerous projects are underway around the world.
What conditions can medical cannabis help treat?
In most cases, cannabis therapy can be considered as a more natural alternative to pain management than opioids and painkillers. Less addictive and less dangerous than prescription drugs, cannabis can afford the patient a better qualify of life while managing symptoms from other treatments / conditions. Additionally, research has suggested that there are a number of different conditions that may be alleviated by treatments involving cannabinoids, including:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Chronic Pain
- And more
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