Medical cannabis is a safe and effective treatment for pain relief and should be integrated into current clinical practice, according to a new evidence overview. Benefits also include reduced spasticity in multiple sclerosis patients.
The overview, titled “Special Issue: Cannabis in Medicine,” was published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine. It presents current data supporting the use of cannabis in medicine and calls for more research to provide increased evidence of its benefits.
“We feel it is absolutely imperative to not only present the current state of affairs, but also propose the development of the scientific research program within the paradigm of evidence-based medicine,” Victor Novack, an MD and PhD, the special issue’s guest editor and a professor of medicine at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel, said in a press release.
“Our ultimate aim should be to scientifically establish the actual place of medical cannabis-derived products in the modern medical arsenal,” Novack added.
Despite cannabis’ historical use to relieve pain and improve sleep, among other purposes, legal restrictions have limited research on its safety and effectiveness, and has led to doctors having little to no understanding of its use. However, the number of studies on cannabis has greatly increased in recent years.
The special issue includes two studies in cancer patients and the elderly, as well as a review of the evidence, practical use, regulations, and ethics related to cannabis use.
“This Medical Cannabis special issue covers everything you wanted to know about medical cannabis,” Novack said.
“We hope that it will provide physicians with a contemporary summary of different aspects related to the medical cannabis and guide the choice of an appropriate [use] for the indications where the evidence is sufficient to initiate the treatment. We also hope the articles will facilitate the conversation on the future of medical cannabis research and its accommodation into mainstream medicine,” he added.
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