Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Topic: AMA Agrees Marijuana May Have Analgesic Benefits

Agrees Marijuana May Have Analgesic Benefits

This article is reprinted from the blog

The American Medical Association (AMA) has reversed its long-held position that
marijuana should remain as a DEA Schedule I substance having no medical value.
Rescheduling of the drug could open the door to more and better scientific
exploration of its benefits in helping persons with various pain conditions. In
its recently-announced decision, the AMA adopted a report drafted by its
Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH) entitled, "Use of Cannabis
for Medicinal Purposes," which affirmed the potential therapeutic benefits
of marijuana and called for further research. The CSAPH report concluded that,
"short term controlled trials indicate that smoked cannabis reduces
neuropathic pain, improves appetite and caloric intake especially in patients
with reduced muscle mass, and may relieve spasticity and pain in patients with
multiple sclerosis."