Medical Cannabis Research The Science of Medical Cannabis
Definitions and important concepts about medical cannabis (marijuana)
A database of clinical research and case reports, from the last 40 years, maintained by the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicine (IACM).
The documented use of cannabis as a safe and effective therapeutic botanical dates to 2700 BC. Between 1840 and 1900, European and American journals of medicine published more than 100 articles on the therapeutic use of cannabis. In fact, cannabis was part of the American pharmacopoeia until 1942, and is currently available by prescription in Canada, the Netherlands, Israel, and Germany.
In 1999, the Institute of Medicine released their report, on the potential health benefits and risks of marijuana. They stress the need for more scientific research.
Based on the effects of cannabinoids in pre-clinical models of neuropathic pain and anecdotal case reports, a controlled trial of smoked cannabis was conducted. Abstract and full text available for download.
By Ken Mackie, Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology March 14th, 2006
by Uberto Pagotto, Giovanni Marsicano, Daniela Cota, Beat Lutz, and Renato Pasquali, Endocrine Reviews February 1st, 2006