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Advisory body on drug misuse to provide framework on medical cannabis by end of 2019


This article requires a comment. We have a great deal of knowledge and experience of the safety profile of cannabis which simply does not support the extreme claims made. Cannabis is widely used recreationally, millions of people do so, often from a young age. Many people continue the recreational use over many years, indeed decades is not uncommon. This has been happening for an extended period of decades. Recreational use involves high doses of the most potent varieties of cannabis, taken entirely without supervision or oversight. The supplies used are ungraded and vary greatly in terms of composition and purity. and are consumed in the most hazardous way possible by smoking, often mixed with tobacco. All of this amounts to "soak testing" cannabis in a way most likely to show problems and to cause harm. Despite all of this, the problems created by this extremely widespread and heavy use of cannabis are relatively minor. Medicinal use is nothing like recreational use. We are talking about use under the direction of a doctor, at much lower doses and of cannabis with a known profile and a high standard of purity. To claim: “the evidence for benefit is very small but the evidence for … more serious harms, is significantly higher”. “If you look at the number needed to treat, you need to treat between 20 to 25 people for 1 person to have good pain relief, but you only need to treat 6 patients for 1 to experience harm,” Is clearly ridiculous.

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13 MAY 2019

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