MJ Eases Pain, But Jury’s Out On Other Benefits
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MJ Eases Pain, But Jury’s Out On Other Benefits
Posted by CN Staff on January 13, 2017 at 06:16:22 PT
By Mary Papenfuss, Trends Reporter
Source: Huffington Post
USA -- Marijuana has proved to be a powerful aid in easing chronic pain and helping battle nausea, but results are mixed or largely inconclusive on other health benefits, as well as detriments, according to a massive new scientific review of cannabis studies.The report, released Thursday by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, analyzes an astounding 10,000 scientific studies on the drug. “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research” concludes that marijuana definitely provides some health benefits, though other claims about the drug are far less clear. The scientists note that much information could be determined if researchers didn’t have to battle restrictions caused by federal classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it “currently” has “no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
“It is often difficult for researchers to gain access to the quantity, quality, and type of cannabis product necessary to address specific research questions on the health effects of cannabis use,” conclude the authors, a panel of experts led by Harvard public health researcher Marie McCormack. Federal attitude aside, more than half of all U.S. states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and eight (plus the District of Columbia) have legalized the drug for recreational use.The major conclusions in the study are that cannabis and cannabinoids are effective at “significantly reducing” chronic pain, particularly linked to muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. There’s also “conclusive evidence” that cannabis is effective at preventing and treating nausea related to chemotherapy.There is “moderate evidence” that cannabis and cannabinoids are effective for improving “short-term sleep outcomes” for people suffering sleep disturbances linked to sleep apnea, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. The study also finds “limited evidence” that cannabis and cannabinoids are effective in increasing appetite and improving anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms.There is insufficient or no evidence, however, to support — or refute — use of the drug for several other ailments and problems including cancer, epilepsy, addiction, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease, the report concludes.On the negative side, the review finds that use of marijuana may increase the risk of developing mental health issues, such as schizophrenia, anxiety and, to a lesser extent, depression — though it’s also possible that people with these problems turn to marijuana for help and skew the results, the report notes.It isn’t linked to lung and neck cancers associated with smoking tobacco, but frequent use can cause or exacerbate respiratory problems, the study concludes. Smoking marijuana while pregnant may be linked to lower birth weights, but it’s not clear if there are any long-term effects to children born to moms who smoked pot while pregnant. “Some evidence suggests smoking marijuana may trigger a heart attack among individuals with diagnosed heart disease,” according to the study review.There’s substantial evidence that driving under the influence causes an “increased risk of motor vehicle crashes,” the report concludes. It also warns that increasing numbers of children may be accidentally ingesting marijuana now that it’s more widely available.The evidence that marijuana is a gateway drug to trying other drugs “is limited,” the study says. But researchers also found “moderate evidence” of a link between cannabis use and the development of substance dependence or abuse problems with alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs.The review of studies was an attempt to pinpoint the gaps in knowledge about marijuana use and call for rigorous research into the drug as it becomes more easily available. “This is a pivotal time in cannabis research,” the report notes.President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), could keep the nation in marijuana suspense. He is known as a steadfast opponent of legalizing marijuana but had only vague answers at his confirmation hearing Thursday about what he’d do about pot if he is confirmed.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Mary Papenfuss, Trends ReporterPublished: January 13, 2017Copyright: 2017, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by observer on January 13, 2017 at 12:34:02 PT
the usual government fakery and horse hockey
"Jury"? That's amusing. All bow to the official experts and authorities.Compared to life itself, cannabis is harmless. Especially so when compared to jail, prison, and enslavement.What, you didn't know the U.S. Government itself is the biggest slave-master of the land in 2016?  Perhaps authorities Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow forgot to point that out for you.The U.S. Constitution itself allows you to be enslaved, literally, if convicted of a crime. The supposed Bill of "Rights" gives government the "Right" to do that to you.
The Thirteenth Amendment (Amendment XIII) to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. In Congress, it was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, and by the House on January 31, 1865. All government has to do is declare something a "crime", and voila. (See Harvey Silverglate's excellent book, Three Felonies A Day.) If you're reading this (or not), you're guilty of innumerable "crimes" right now. So of course government desperately clings to one of their golden cash-cow slavery loop-holes (the putative government right to convict you of a cannabis "crime"). That it may slave you, and game your slave-life to the maximum extent profitable for government. I'm so surprised Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow didn't put it quite like that for you. Maybe they are too busy playing Machiavellian divide and rule, divide and conquer games to point this obvious slavery fact out to people, in the U.S.A. Can you think of any divide and conquer games that Cooper and Maddow play? Yes; I know Anderson and Maddow are simply MSM lap and attack dogs. True. Yet they are emblematic of the MSM, the controlled press, the Mockingbird press, the Mighty Wurlitzer. So called.I bet you can think of some divide and conquer things which Maddow/Anderson (and their pay-masters) are pushing.Speaking of "Jury", don't forget ... print out some leaflets and drop them by the jury selection area, if you get a chance. We can set free some of those U.S., Government-approved, Thirteenth Amendment -allowed, literally shackled, slaves.
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