Due to the federal status of marijuana there are barriers on what researchers can do to study the drug. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) wants those barriers removed.
The NAS just released a report in which they reviewed 10,000 scientific abstracts with nearly 100 concluding that marijuana has medical uses, according to Forbes. The study included both abstract data and conclusive data. The DEA maintains its stance saying that marijuana has no medical use, but scientists beg to differ, and now they have the data to back it up.
Marie McCormick, a professor at Harvard Medical School, said, “For years the landscape of marijuana use has been rapidly shifting as more and more states are legalizing cannabis for the treatment of medical conditions and recreational use. We conducted and in-depth and broad review of the most recent research to establish firmly what the sciences say and to highlight areas that still need further examination.”
The title of the most recent report is “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research.” It suggests that more research should be permitted and that the current Schedule I status of marijuana impedes the ability of researchers.
Scientists want to see marijuana rescheduled to remove barriers that affect research. The group also believes that those opposing marijuana in any form (especially medical) would face difficulties obtaining studies to prove their side of the argument, that marijuana is harmful without it being descheduled.
Substantial information is already available confirming that marijuana aids nausea, vomiting, sleep apnea, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, spasms and many other conditions.