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What Conditions Has Medical Marijuana Been Effective In Treating?

  • Glaucoma

  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity


  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Wasting syndrome

  • Cachexia

  • Cancer

  • Crohn's Disease

  • Epilepsy



Why is Medical Marijuana a Safe Choice?

Cannabinoids have a remarkable safety record, particularly when compared to other therapeutically active substances. Most significantly, the consumption of marijuana regardless of quantity or potency cannot induce a fatal overdose. According to a 1995 review prepared for the World Health Organization, “There are no recorded cases of overdose fatalities attributed to cannabis, and the estimated lethal dose for humans extrapolated from animal studies is so high that it cannot be achieved by … users.”

Furthermore, 23 clinical investigations of medical cannabinoid drugs (typically oral THC or liquid cannabis extracts) and eight observational studies conducted between 1966 and 2007 “did not find a higher incidence rate of serious adverse events associated with medical cannabinoid use” compared to non-using controls over these four decades.

That said, as with other prescription medications, cannabis isn't without its side effects. Its active constituents may produce a variety of physiological and euphoric effects. There may be some populations that are susceptible to increased risks from the use of cannabis, such as adolescents, pregnant or nursing mothers, and patients who have a family history of mental illness or decreased lung function or heart disease. As with any medication, patients should consult thoroughly with their physician before deciding whether the medical use of cannabis is safe and appropriate.

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