The Health Effects of Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research

The Health Effects of Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research

On January 12, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) released a comprehensive new report, “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids”. The report summarizes the current state of evidence regarding what is known about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products, including effects related to therapeutic uses of cannabis and potential health risks related to certain cancers, diseases, mental health disorders, and injuries.

The report states, “Patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids are more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction of pain symptoms,” NAS experts found. “For adults with multiple sclerosis related muscle spasms, there was substantial evidence that short-term use of oral cannabinoids improved their reported symptoms. Furthermore, in adults with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, there was conclusive evidence that certain oral cannabinoids were effective in preventing and treating ailments.”

Read the full report here – nationalacademies.org

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