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'Lack of evidence' to support benefits of medical marijuana Medical, evidence, Studies

When it came to the use of cannabinoids for treatment of weight loss in HIV/AIDS patients, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, sleep disorders and Tourette syndrome, the researchers found there was low-quality evidence that the compounds were effective, while there was very low-quality evidence supporting the effectiveness of cannabinoids in the treatment of anxiety.

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Some physicians concerned about cannabis oil use Charlotte's Web, evidence, risks

"We've seen children that have had rather severe reactions while on medical marijuana products," said Amy Brooks-Kayal, M.D., a Colorado pediatrician who is president of the American Epilepsy Society. "We don't know if that's from the medical marijuana product or something else, because it wasn't done in a controlled setting."
Dr. Brooks-Kayal supports the clinical trials underway now across the country, and advises parents not to treat their sick children with cannabis oil until clinicial trials are complete.
"Just because a single child or person or even a few may respond well to a treatment, that doesn't mean that the majority of them will," she said.

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Study: Scant Evidence That Medical Pot Helps Many Illnesses Studies, Illness, evidence, Medical

The researchers pooled results from studies that tested marijuana against placebos, usual care or no treatment. That's the most rigorous kind of research but many studies found no conclusive evidence of any benefit. Side effects were common and included dizziness, dry mouth and sleepiness. A less extensive research review in the journal found similar results.

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Saying "No" to Legal Marijuana? video, madras, youth, Business, evidence

Bertha Madras speak on the evidence that pot is not a medicine.  

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IS SMOKED MARIJUANA MEDICINE? THE SCIENCE REMAINS HAZY… science, evidence, blog, madras
  • The chemistry of medical marijuana is not known and not reproducible.
  •  There is a lack of evidence of safety for the use of marijuana under medical supervision.
  • There is a lack of evidence of efficacy of medical marijuana.
  • Qualified experts do not accept the drug.
  • Scientific evidence is not widely available.

 If you have a medical problem, chances are, there are far more effective treatments than smoked marijuana; prescribed treatments have undergone meticulous testing procedures to minimize risk. Though some may be disappointed, today’s smoked marijuana should not be confused with real medicine. Smoking and inhaling a large array of chemicals in order to deliver a drug is a backward step in medicine and a risky step for a patient.

Simply put, marijuana is not a pure compound; there is no way to make sure that ingredients are measured reliably and are consistent from one batch to another. ...

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A medical view on medical marijuana legalization evidence, Studies, legalization

The "gold standard" in medical research is "peer-reviewed, randomized, double-blind" studies, which all medicines are subjected to before the Food and Drug Administration will allow them to be prescribed by doctors to their patients, said Mikaya, who added that none of those studies have been conducted on medical marijuana. In the case of medical marijuana, those studies would show, among other things, whether medical marijuana "is effective as a medicine" and "whether its benefits outweigh its risks," Mikaya said.

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