Volume 44, Issue 6 (November 1999)
Review of Marihuana and Medicine
For many people, marihuana is probably an anecdotal, and illegal, presumed therapy for far-ranging health problems, possibly including: glaucoma, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, spasticity and chronic pain of known or idiopathic origin. Regrettably, with respect to many areas of potential clinical efficacy and safety of marihuana, in medicine, rigorously-obtained data are highly limited, or maybe not available at all. Numerous important questions of professional and research interest to clinicians and researchers abound. For instance, does marihuana have therapeutic properties? If so, what is the molecular basis for any such properties? If marihuana is therapeutically inadequate, what is the correct molecular explanation for the inadequacy? Further, can possible therapeutic properties of marihuana be dissociated effectually from myriad, untoward side effects?