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Neurology. 2005 Mar 8;64(5):917-9.

Medical use of cannabis in the Netherlands.

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  • 1International Institute for Oncological and Immunological Research, Hohenstaufenring 30-32, 50674 Cologne, Germany.


The authors investigated the indications for cannabis prescription in the Netherlands and assessed its efficacy and side effects. A majority (64.1%) of patients reported a good or excellent effect on their symptoms. Of these patients, approximately 44% used cannabis for >/=5 months. Indications were neurologic disorders, pain, musculoskeletal disorders, and cancer anorexia/cachexia. Inhaled cannabis was perceived as more effective than oral administration. Reported side effects were generally mild.

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