While reputable information about cannabis can be hard to come by, it’s not impossible to find. One good source is cancer.gov. This is the U.S. government’s site on cancer. Simply enter “cannabis” into the search bar. You can also peruse the medical literature through PubMed, which is a public resource (again, simply enter “cannabis” or related terms into the search bar).

CMCR also provides a hyperlinked list of scientific publications relating to a wide variety of medicinal uses of cannabis, and the Journal of Pain, a publication by the American Pain Society, has a long list of studies on the pain-relieving effects of cannabis.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,32 which also has information relating to the medicinal aspects of marijuana, preclinical and clinical trials are underway to test marijuana and various extracts for the treatment of a number of diseases, including autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation, pain and mental disorders.

To learn more, here is an interview  of Dr. Mercola with Gedde and Dr. Allan Frankel, in which they discuss the clinical benefits of cannabis. Frankel is a board-certified internist in California who has treated patients with medical cannabis for the past decade. Awareness is starting to shift, and many are now starting to recognize the medical value of cannabis.

Unfortunately, that also means the drug industry is doing everything it can to secure its place in the market, and in so doing, eliminating the legal use of natural and far less expensive cannabis products. It’s up to us to make sure we stay involved in the political process whenever marijuana-related legislation is brought up. If we don’t, you can be sure the drug industry will become the only game in town.

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