I want to begin by stating that I am definitely “PRO” Cannabis!!
I’m writing today to share information I discovered regarding a report that was issued by the National Academies of Sciences-Engineering and Medicine on January 12, 2017. Described as one of the most comprehensive studies of research since 1999, at which time the National Academies released the report “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base.”
Utilizing literature databases an extensive search to identify relevant reports and research materials that have been published since the 1999 report was executed, more than 10,000 scientific abstracts were considered. The Committee moved forward based on the abundance of information published addressing Cannabis, the task statement, and other specified study parameters.
The steps involved were determined at the onset by the committee to cover detailed examination of “Health Topics” which demonstrated the most pressing affect to Public Health.
Nearly 100 different research conclusions were organized into 5 categories of the use of Cannabis or Cannabinoid and Health. Ultimately four recommendations outlining research priorities to be included in a research agenda were determined.
- Addressing current research gaps
- Identify actionable strategies
- Highlight potential to improve data collection and enhance surveillance capacity
- Introduce strategies to plug away at the existing obstacles currently inhibiting Cannabis research
This reports release occurs during a critical period of time for the use and benefits of Cannabis.
I admit my use of cannabis has been a part of life for a long while. So some may say I’m biased, however I know from personal experience that cannabis enables me to be more productive and provides greater pain management than occurs when I take prescription meds by themselves.
I definitely support the Federal re-categorization of marijuana from having no medical value to a position of valued medical benefit. This action would thus encourage study of the benefits derived from consumption of this wonderful plant.
Do not however take my word for it, check it out for yourself and by all means read the full report at nationalacademies.org/CannabisHealthEffects