Medical marijuana studied by MGH

NIDA funded study says medical card increases addiction risk

The study funded by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse was authored by Jodi Gilman who works at the Center for Addiction Medicine at Mass General Hospital. Her report suggests that higher rates of cannabis use disorder are associated in individuals who possess a medical marijuana card. Those who obtain a medical card for anxiety or depression were most likely to develop cannabis use disorder, according to the study.

“People with pain, anxiety or depression symptoms failed to report any improvements, though those with insomnia experienced improved sleep,” says Gilman, “There have been many claims about the benefits of medical marijuana for treating pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression, without sound scientific evidence to support them.”

Marijuana happens to be one of the most researched plants in the world. Over 20,000 marijuana research studies exist in the record, many that do show safe and therapeutic benefits from medical cannabis use.

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