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J Drug Educ. 2012;42(1):1-11.

Marijuana: modern medical chimaera.

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Califomrnia State University, Department of Health and Community Services, Chico 95929-0505, USA. rlamarine@csuchico.edu

Abstract

Marijuana has been used medically since antiquity. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in medical applications of various cannabis preparations. These drugs have been cited in the medical literature as potential secondary treatment agents for severe pain, muscle spasticity, anorexia, nausea, sleep disturbances, and numerous other uses. This article reviews the research literature related to medical applications of various forms of cannabis. Benefits related to medical use of cannabinoids are examined and a number of potential risks associated with cannabis use, both medical and recreational, are considered. There is a clearly identified need for further research to isolate significant benefits from the medical application of cannabinoids and to establish dosage levels, appropriate delivery mechanisms and formulations, and to determine what role, if any, cannabinoids might play in legitimate medical applications. It is also imperative to determine if reported dangers pose a significant health risks to users.

PMID:
22873011
DOI:
10.2190/DE.42.1.a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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