Business Insider: Evidence shows that marijuana works for pain, the medical reason most people want it — but doctors still have questions
The most common reason that people seek out medical marijuana is for chronic pain.
According to a report released earlier in January by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), that makes a lot of sense.
One of the strongest conclusions of the report, which provides basically the most comprehensive, up-to-date look at what all available research on cannabis tell us, is that there is conclusive or substantial evidence (in general, enough to make a firm conclusion) that cannabis or cannabinoids, found in the marijuana plant, can be an effective treatment for chronic pain.
This matters because it has implications for how we treat pain and how we assess the value of medical marijuana. It also helps illustrate how — despite its DEA Schedule I status that declares it has “no currently accepted medical use” — most research indicates there are indeed potentially important medical uses for cannabis.
But at the same time, doctors still want more research to help them decide when marijuana might help a patient and when something else is a better idea.[…]
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