6 reasons to be cautious with medical cannabis
While medical cannabis is promoted for conditions ranging from nausea to cancer, the paucity of high-quality evidence demands caution, according to six doctors across the US.
The editors of the Annals of Internal Medicine issued a call for readers' perspectives on prescribing or recommending marijuana. Six of the 100 submitted manuscripts for brief commentaries appear in the 8 January issue.
Here's a summary of the doctors' views:
- Lack of evidence and standardisation
Dr Chester Good from UPMC Health Plan, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and colleagues lament the lack of high-quality evidence and the lack of standardisation of medical marijuana products. “Medical marijuana seems to hold some promise for treating pain, but much more evidence is needed,”