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USA: 2 out of 3 doctors consider cannabis to have therapeutic properties

Doctors see value in cannabis molecules for different uses


In the United States, 2 out of 2 doctors consider cannabis to have therapeutic properties, according to surveys in information verified by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

The therapeutic potential of cannabis and its components has been the subject of study for decades. The survey conducted in the United States highlighted the different medicinal uses tested in studies for treatments with the molecule Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other approved formulations for pain, epilepsy, chemotherapy, sexually transmitted diseases, and others.

“Researchers generally consider drugs like these, which use purified chemicals derived from or based on those of the marijuana plant, to be more promising therapeutically than the use of the entire marijuana plant or its raw extracts.”

Even though at least doctors in academia and research centers already have knowledge about the properties, they consider that the by-products of this plant pose numerous challenges.

“Botanicals can contain hundreds of unknown active chemicals, and it can be difficult to develop a product with precise and consistent doses of these chemicals. The use of marijuana as a medicine also raises other issues, such as the adverse health effects of smoking and THC-induced cognitive decline. However, a growing number of states have legalized the dispensing of marijuana or its extracts to people with a variety of medical conditions.”

More research is needed to determine whether the long-term effects these components might have.

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