Spain to experiment with cannabis
February 03, 2005
The one-year pioneering experiment, which follows a similar one in The Netherlands, is due to start mid-year.
Cannabis is believed to increase appetite in Aids patients, to reduce nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and to alleviate muscular pain caused by multiple sclerosis as well as chronic pain of nervous origin.
Marijuana is banned in Spain, but many people are already using it for medicinal purposes. Many of them smoke it instead of taking it orally, a method that can irritate and cause cancer of the respiratory tract, experts said.
The goal of the experiment is to monitor such patients and to allow others to benefit from the possible therapeutic effects of cannabis. -- Sapa-DPA