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As a scientist I will always believe we need more research – it is our nature to be constantly seeking to understand the unknown. But I think that we often are fed the line of “we need more research” before we validate cannabis as medicine and to me that is not true. I believe we have more than enough evidence that cannabis is therapeutic and a reduction of harm from other options for many different chronic, often debilitating conditions.
Do we know enough about the therapeutic benefits of using cannabis and relative risks at medicinal doses and dose schedules to say there’s a net benefit? I believe we have more than enough scientific information to say, “yes we do.” The problem is not the cannabis. The problem is a lack of education and accountability in our community coupled with an intentional negative framing of cannabis research in the mainstream media.
Here are some great open access (free) scientific journal articles and reviews that cover the unique therapeutic actions of the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis can be a tool for balancing it.
Lowe H et al (2021) Molecules, 26(10), 2948