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AIDS Treat News. 1999 May 21;(No 319):6-8.

Medical marijuana: AIDS-related information in the new Federal report.



The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its conclusions and recommendations regarding the medical use of marijuana based on a study it conducted. The Institute found that cannabinoids (a class of chemicals found in marijuana) have important symptom-management uses for many patients, but marijuana smoke is harmful like tobacco smoke. IOM made six recommendations: more research into physiological effects of cannabinoids; development of safer delivery systems; more studies of psychological effects of such drugs; studies of the health risks associated with smoking marijuana; controlled trials of marijuana for medical purposes; and use of the drug for patients with debilitating symptoms under certain conditions. Excerpts from the prepublication copy of the report are included.

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