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Old dope, new tricks: the new science of medical cannabis

Old dope, new tricks: the new science of medical cannabis

1:40 PM Thursday Aug 28, 2014  The New Zealand Herald News

Medicinal cannabis is back in the news again after a planned trial to grow it in Norfolk Island was blocked by the federal government last week. The media is ablaze with political rumblings and tales of public woe, but what does science have to say on the subject?

Well, an article just published in the prestigious journal JAMA Internal Medicine provocatively suggests that US states with medical cannabis laws have dramatically reduced opioid mortality rates.

So the science is clearly every bit as alive and kicking as the political bluster, but rests on firmer, less emotive grounds. This is what we know: somewhere in that much-incinerated plant lies valuable medicine – perhaps a treatment for cancer or an antidote to obesity.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11315594



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