Listen: Marijuana is now legal for medical purposes in 30 states
"Recently the US food and. Drug. Administration approved a. Form of medical, marijuana after the treatment. Of seizures associated with two rare, and severe forms of epilepsy and it really seems like we hear more, and more about people using marijuana to treat all sorts of medical problems and to help overcome the side effects of some. Traditional medical treatments thirty states and the district of, Columbia currently, have laws legalizing medical marijuana in some form here to discuss as, internal medicine specialist and addiction expert Dr John Ebert welcome back to the program Dr, Ebert it's, great to see you thanks for having me back Dr Robert, thanks for coming, so medical marijuana legitimate for medical use since we last spoke about this the national academies. Of science came out with a report, in that report essentially summarizes all the available medical literature looking at the efficacy or the effectiveness of it in the safety of medical cannabis and what they found was that it is very effective for three specific conditions and one of them is specificity the other one is chronic pain what was that first one so asbestos muscle spasms so some people that have spinal cord injuries or some people who have multiple sclerosis can have incredibly painful specificity the muscles spontaneously spasm very painful it's like a charlie horse but constantly okay right it's effective for that it's effective for nausea and it's effective for chronic pain and specifically neuropathy pain or pain that comes from a nerve so what's interesting about their findings as they didn't have a lot of data that actually supported that it was truly effective for the indication that the new drug approved by the f._d._a. is indicated for which is which is epilepsy or the severe forms of epilepsy there is some existing data but but they didn't have a lot i think it's important for patients who are interested to to or interested in exploring this as a methodology to talk to their clinicians and and really asked the question would it seem like the condition that i have might be effectively treated by medical cannabis and those clinicians i think need to have that information or there is that information's available on the internet and can be searched and can be learned so that they can share that with their patients Is there some. Science behind it you know why it works yeah so there's been lots of science in the space which has somewhat been impeded by the fact that under federal law, medical cannabis is illegal so there's no research so there is there has been you can? Actually and there, has and is ongoing research it is possible to have approval to do research with medical cannabis so there's there's research suggesting that is for these conditions so why why does it work Well what's interesting about so I I. Sorta fi patients for medical cannabis and when I speak with these patients, a lot of. Them are interested in medical cannabis because they nothing else really seems, to have worked and most of the patients at up. Certified have been for chronic pain? They say I want to? Try. Something new and I say it might be effective for pain and one of the things that they they really struggle with some of those. Preconceived notions about what. It is to to smoke pot, if people traditionally, smoked tied in what it is to. Use medical cannabis very different experiences so if someone smoked a medical. Marijuana cigarette for non medicinal purposes you get a hundred. And four? Different chemicals in there States like Minnesota that we are in now have actually limited their program to two of those chemicals so of the hundred, and four possible. Chemicals that, you get when you smoke a joint, if you will you only get two, of them in Minnesota in those two are tetrahydrocannabinol which is the the molecule that gets people high. When they smoke in Canana dial now we think that the Kanana dial. Has some, very interesting and important therapeutic properties it doesn't work like tetrahydrocannabinol but it can actually. Help with pain as an anti inflammatory, it can actually help with pain to reduce nerve transmission which is how it might be working. For seizures and epilepsy that new medication approved by the FDA basically just, pure CBD or. Dial in most of the states have that as one of the, molecules that you can get when you are when you're Subscribed or your proof for medical marijuana in"