A new literature review conducted by investigators from Harvard Medical School and New York Medical College and published in the journal Polish Archives of Internal Medicine suggests there is substantial clinical evidence supporting the claims that medical marijuana successfully treats chronic pain, pediatric epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. The researchers analyzed randomized, placebo-controlled studies and found “moderate to high” quality evidence attesting to cannabis’ abilities to treat chronic and neuropathic pain, muscle spasticity, and seizures. They also found “moderate” quality evidence that cannabis could help target HIV/AIDS and gastrointestinal disorders. As access to medical marijuana continues to increase, researchers say, “Physicians must take the same steps with these patients as they would with prescribing any other medications to ensure that medical cannabis is recommended appropriately and as safely as possible. … Cannabis is often used for recreational purposes, but this should not affect how physicians view data collected on its efficacy at treating certain medical conditions.”
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