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As a doctor, I have nothing to say about the recreational use of marijuana, however the medicinal uses of marijuana are too extensive to ignore. The Institute of Medicine's 1999 report on medical marijuana stated, "The accumulated data indicate a potential therapeutic value for cannabinoid drugs, particularly for symptoms such as pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation." Examining the question whether the medical use of marijuana would lead to an increase of marijuana use in the general population the report concluded that, "At this point there are no convincing data to support this concern. The existing data are consistent with the idea that this would not be a problem if the medical use of marijuana were as closely regulated as other medications with abuse potential." The report also noted that, "this question is beyond the issues normally considered for medical uses of drugs, and should not be a factor in evaluating the therapeutic potential of marijuana or cannabinoids." The report continued "Marijuana is not a completely benign substance. It is a powerful drug with a variety of effects. However, except for the harms associated with smoking, the adverse effects of marijuana use are within the range of effects tolerated for other medications." The report concluded that, "the short-term immunosuppressive effects are not well established but, if they exist, are not likely great enough to preclude a legitimate medical use." There is much more which could be reported about official studies of the medicinal use of marijuana, but I will not go into them here. Suffice it do say, that absent the fear and prejudice surrounding the cannabinoids, any pharmaceutical company would pay millions, even billions, to be able to come up with a pharmaceutical compound with the potential of the cannabinoids.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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