This claim comes mostly from the U.S. goverment even though 10 U.S. states, including Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska, have enacted laws which authorize the legal possession and medical use of marihuana, even though these laws may conflict with current federal laws.
In January 1997, the ONDCP (White House Office of National Drug Control Policy) asked the IOM (Institute of Medicine) to conduct a review of the scientific evidence to assess the potential health benefits and risks of marihuana and its constituent cannabinoids. That review began in August 1997 and culminated with a report, Marijuana and Medicine - Assessing the Science Base, issued in 1999, . This report found that marijuana is effective in addressing symptoms of "nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety."
It provides a summary of current scientific knowledge on the potential medical use of marihuana and is being used to guide medical research not only in the U.S. but around the world.
The Science of Medical Marijuana
Pot Shrinks Tumors; Government Knew in '74
Ingredient Kills Tumors in Rats
RxMarihuana.com: Marihuana - The Forbidden Medicine
|From the book "Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts" by Lynn Zimmer, Ph.D. and
John P. Morgan, M.D.:
Myth #2: Marijuana has no medicinal value.
|Fact #1: Marijuana has been shown to be effective in reducing nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy, stimulating appetite in AIDS patients, and reducing intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma.
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