National Academy of Sciences Releases Report on Marijuana Confirming Medical Benefits; Dispelling Myths

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently reviewed over 10,000 scientific abstracts and confirmed the existence of the medical properties of cannabis. Their review stated, “There is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective” for the treatment of chronic pain in adults, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and multiple sclerosis spasticity.

The review went on to contradict negative health impacts of using marijuana. They did not link smoking marijuana to lung, head, or neck cancers, and they did not associate marijuana use with asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Researchers did link bronchitis to smoking marijuana, but the condition seemed to improve once cannabis use stopped. Researchers also found evidence was lacking when it comes to linking marijuana use to all-cause mortality, overdose deaths, or occupational accidents and injury. There were also no links between marijuana use and violent or aggressive behaviors.

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