National Academy of Sciences Issues Landmark Statement on the Therapeutic Value of Medical Cannabis

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by Alex Pietrowski

In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States issued a long-awaited decision on the medical benefits of cannabis, and instead of validating what millions of people already know to be true about this healing plant, the DEA chose to keep intact the 1970 designation of cannabis as a schedule I substance, a drug which has, as they claim, no medical benefit.

Furthermore, in an even more egregious affront to justice and common sense, in December of 2016, the DEA made an overnight decision to create a new classification of schedule I drugs for cannabis extracts in order to stop the sale and consumption of CBD oil, a non-psychoactive derivative of cannabis which is known to have many health benefits.

These decisions contradict hundreds of studies, an abundance of medically verified success stories, and countless pieces of anecdotal evidence that cannabis in fact has wide-ranging medical value.

Seen as preposterous to those who support legalization, these rulings appear to be rooted in the status quo tyranny of the drug war and prison industrial complex, two monolithic cash cows which bring immense profit to those who persecute others for recreational and medical use of a plant. Now, however, this DEA’s attitude towards cannabis should come under even more scrutiny and criticism, as the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has just released a press release which supports the claims that cannabis has therapeutic benefits.

“… the lack of any aggregated knowledge of cannabis-related health effects has led to uncertainty about what, if any, are the harms or benefits from its use.  We conducted an in-depth and broad review of the most recent research to establish firmly what the science says and to highlight areas that still need further examination.  As laws and policies continue to change, research must also.”

In the groundbreaking report released this week entitled The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research (2017), the NAS issued a comprehensive, researched-backed statement on the validity of medical marijuana, including pros and cons, outlining its clinical effectiveness.

“The report states that there is conclusive evidence that marijuana can be used as a medicine. The report did not find clinical evidence for all conditions marijuana treatment is often associated with, but it recognizes its efficacy for treating many medical conditions such as “chronic pain in adults…chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms.”” [Source]

Speaking on the significance of a statement such as this coming from such an authoriative scientific body as the NAS, Deputy Director of National Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, Michael Collins said:

“This report is vindication for all the many researchers, patients and healthcare providers who have long understood the benefits of medical marijuana. To have such a thorough review of the evidence conclude that there are benefits to medical marijuana should boost the case for federal reform. It also underlines how out of touch the DEA and other marijuana reform opponents are when they claim otherwise.” [Source]

Key findings in the NAS report of particular interest to advocates of legalization include the following:

  • Cannabis has significant therapeutic benefit in the treatment of chronic pain, for spasms caused by multiple-sclerosis, and in the reduction of discomfort for chemotherapy and radiation treatment patients.
  • Smoking cannabis does not increase the risk for cancers often associated with tobacco use.

The NAS report does not appear to show favoritism in its findings, duly noting and reporting evidence of both the positive and negative aspects of chronic cannabis usage, which includes the increased risk of mental health issues and psychosocial issues due to overuse. However, the report should be considered a win for those advocating for the legalization of cannabis-based therapeutic medicines and remedies, as well as a rejection of the DEA’s classification of cannabis and cannabis extracts as substances devoid of medical benefit.

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  • Rick E.

    The DEA is arguably one of the most evil and civil rights usurping organizations in the entire world. The dedicate their lives to being unconstitutional, deliberately ignorant, and among the most illegal agencies in the entire world!
    Stubborn stupidity is their mantra and policy! They need to be “taken out”, just like the CIA. They ARE a danger and are unconstitutional.

    • Jimmy Yost

      I think the motivation for their skewed oppressive control is greed, that they’re bought of by the medical/pharmaceutical cartel. I used to smoke pot but I no longer do, mainly because I no longer like the way it makes me feel. But I think it should be legalized. Actually, I think all drugs should be legalized. It might kill off some small percent of the population but I think people would learn their limits and would level off. But that probably isn’t going to happen in my lifetime.

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  • stephen joseph

    Did we expect any thing less from the corrupt NAS, DEA, et al….they don’t want us to have anything that works and curbs thier efforts to drain and control our lives.

  • Mr Larry

    Sure more people smoking pot will surely solve many of problems we face today. Once everyone is high everything will be great. why wouldn’t it be a good to have a pot addiction that costs you extra money every month. Pot legalization is going ahead as part of a plan to further control the population. who’s easier to control, a population of pot smokers, or a population of sober clear thinking people?

    • Ricky

      ” Pot legalization is going ahead as part of a plan to further control the population”

      No. It’s happening because people have removed the blinders that you cling to. Pot’s a plant. It can be grown in your yard like veggies. The reason it’s expensive if because of stupid prohibition laws.

      “who’s easier to control?” Well you are. You’re convinced that prohibiting a flower is a good thing.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Pot addiction doesn’t exist.

      Who’s easier to control, a population of thinking pot smokers, or a population of falling-down drunks?

      None of your premises are based in reality – time to stop and re-assess.

    • Bill the eighth

      Do you have to work at being this stupid? Or does it come naturally?

    • jaguar

      What a freaking moron you are!!! You don’t know Jack!!! Alot of people are taking CBD oil which does not get you high !! But it helps with pain, seizures, nausea, IBS, MS, Neuropathy, muscle spasms ,and has been known to cure Cancer, etc…You dumb cluck !!!!

      • Mr Larry

        yea that’s right no one is getting high lol
        you guys can say all you want, but the truth is you and your stoner buddies in your mom’s basements are wasting your lives smoking pot enjoy. its hard to reason with drug addicts

  • Nottheonly1

    The DEA (as all the other ABC’s) are nothing but tools for the Fascist Deep State and its Plutocratic Kleptomaniacs.
    They all belong into prison for life without parole for Treason on the American population.