A new scientific review of over 100 controlled clinical trials out of Germany shows that cannabis is an effective medicine for a variety of medical ailments.

According to a recently published review in the German scientific journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt International, the trials show “clear evidence that cannabinoids are useful for the treatment of various medical conditions.”

When it comes to the safety of cannabis and cannabinoids, investigators determined: “The most common side effects of cannabinoids are tiredness and dizziness (in more than ten percent of patients), psychological effects, and dry mouth. Tolerance to these side effects nearly always develops within a short time. Withdrawal symptoms are hardly ever a problem in the therapeutic setting.”

Investigators said that cannabis dosing may adversely impact psychomotor skills, but, they noted, “Patients who take cannabinoids at a constant dosage over an extensive period of time often develop tolerance to the impairment of psychomotor performance, so that they can drive vehicles safely.”

In conclusion they said, “No acute deaths have been described that could be unequivocally attributed solely to cannabis consumption or treatment with cannabinoids.”

These findings come only a couple months after a similar review of dozens of studies in California found similar results. Researchers there found the current federal classification of marijuana “not tenable” and  further concluded that, “it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking.”

These are things millions of cannabis users have known for years; medical research is just now beginning to catch up. Which shows you the damaging impact prohibition has had. Research-wise, we know relatively little about a plant that has been around for thousands of years.

– Joe Klare

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