Clinical evidence supports medical marijuana

Clinical evidence supports medical marijuana

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Critics downplay the evidence for adding South Carolina to the 28 states that allow the use of medical marijuana, but even the nation’s most prestigious scientific association, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, has concluded that cannabis is highly effective against chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in cancer and multiple sclerosis patients. __________ Marijuana v. opioid addiction: an easy choice SC should learn from other states’ medical marijuana experience Legalizing pot for SC medical use could bring ‘unintended consequences’ __________ The medical benefits of marijuana come from THC (psychoactive) and CBD (non-psychoactive). Synthetic THC has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy in cancer patients and to stimulate appetite and prevent weight loss in AIDS patients. A combination of THC and CBD obtained from marijuana plant extract is available as the drug Sativex to treat multiplesSclerosis in more than 25 countries. An experimental drug derived from marijuana (Epidiolex) was recently shown to significantly reduce epileptic seizures. And a combination of THC and CBD obtained from marijuana was shown in a recent clinical trial to benefit patients with gliomas, cancers of the brain. Our laboratory at USC was the first to demonstrate that marijuana cannabinoids can cure cancers in animal models and can kill human leukemic cancer cells. Our laboratory at USC has been researching cannabinoids for the past 17 years and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals on its potential use in cancer and autoimmune diseases. In fact, we were the first laboratory to demonstrate that marijuana cannabinoids can cure cancers in animal models and can kill human leukemic cancer cells. Moreover, our research demonstrated cannabinoids can target immune cells to suppress inflammation. There are more than 80 autoimmune diseases in which the immune system goes […]

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