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Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Abstract: Research on specific CB2 receptor agonists promises to lead to novel drugs, which may, in part at least, diminish the need for medical marijuana. Nevertheless, I believe that medical marijuana as a therapeutic entity is here to stay. It is being used in numerous medical conditions, at times with considerable success. Are we entitled to neglect a valuable drug?

JAMA Study

Abstract:Marijuana smoke contains many of the same constituents as tobacco smoke, but whether it has similar adverse effects on pulmonary function is unclear. To analyze associations between marijuana (both current and lifetime exposure) and pulmonary function.

Doctors, Patients Assess Effectiveness of Medical Marijuana

Doctors, Patients Assess Effectiveness of Medical Marijuana: Sixteen states have passed laws that allow patients to use medical marijuana to treat side effects of various illnesses, but now some states are moving to either limit or repel those laws. Special correspondent Anna Rau of Montana PBS reports on the experiences of patients and doctors.

Cannabis in the Brain

Cannabis in the Brain: In this film, developments in the cannabis research and its future medical applications are surveyed by Prof. Raphael Mechoulam. Prof. Mechoulam and colleagues, from The School of Pharmacy of The Faculty of Medicine at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discovered in 1964 the main active compound in cannabis, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC.

CBS Depression Placebo

CBS Depression Placebo: A Harvard scientist says the drugs used to treat depression are effective, but for many, it’s not the active ingredient that’s making people feel better. It’s the placebo effect.

THC Receptor Mapping

THC Receptor Mapping: An excerpt from the BBC series Horizon: Cannabis – The Evil Weed.

Report 3 of the Council on Science and Public Health
This report provides a historical perspective of the use of cannabis as medicine and physiology of the endocannabinoid system and efficacy of smoked cannabis.

Does the Pot Pill Work?

A pill known as Marinol has been legal and approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use with a prescription anywhere in America since 1985.

DrugFacts: Is Marijuana Medicine?

Under Federal law, only FDA- approved medications are legal to prescribe—and marijuana is not one of those. Still, more than a dozen States have approved its use to alleviate a variety of symptoms.