Contrary to popular belief, there is a wealth of research on medical cannabis. Over the last 20 years, the National Library of Health’s database of scientific literature on cannabis has grown to more than 15,000 entries. Countless medical and scientific organizations support the use of medical marijuana, including Kaiser Permanente, the California Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association.
While the endocannabinoid system is currently not taught at most medical schools, major universities including the University of Vermont, Oregon State, Ohio State, Hofstra, and Denver University now include cannabis classes in their curriculum.
If you’d like to learn more about cannabis’ health benefits, here are some helpful resources to check out:
- The Cannabis Health Index (CHI) is an evidence-based compilation and review of the available literature relevant to more than 100 different chronic diseases or symptoms. It is catalogued on CannabisReports.com.
- Americans for Safe Access provides free, downloadable booklets summarizing recent research on using cannabis to treat the following conditions: Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Movement Disorders, HIV/AIDS, and conditions related to Aging.
- HelloMD allows patients to get a medical cannabis recommendation over live video. It also provides a community board for patients to ask questions and get answers from experts, companies, and other patients.
- A review of several hundred papers assessing cannabis' therapeutic properties is available here.