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Research Findings on Medical Marijuana

Learn what the research says about medical marijuana in this Howcast video.


The Economist magazine once famously said that if marijuana were unknown and discovered today it would be hailed as a medical breakthrough with all the variety of applications and different problems in medicine that it's been shown in research to have a huge potential to treat. There are things that we already know that it's useful for, and there are tons of potential future routes forward thanks to the research that scientists are doing around the world. Research has been done to show that marijuana can alleviate chronic pain, that it can boost appetite in wasting syndromes, and that it can relieve painful spasms. Those are really not debatable. Those are solid. Those are accepted in reports from the American Medical Assosication, the American College of Physicians, the Institute of Medicine. These are really solid medical facts.

But their horizons are really vast. Everything from potentially slowing the progression of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease to potentially stopping the spread of cancers and growth of cancers to potentially improving response after stroke or brain injury. These are some of the really exciting future medical potentials that the research is showing that marijuana can be beneficial for. So, there is a lot of interesting research out there.

The most important thing that people should know is that it's surprisingly nontoxic. A lot of research has not been able to find a lot of end organ damage like you have with aspirin or Tylenol. With heavy use of those things you can really damage your kidneys or your stomach. But those similar things aren't found in research with long term use of marijuana.

So, a lot of potential benefits, very minimal on the toxicity side, and the future is bright.

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