Is there evidence that cannabis has therapeutic value?


Have you heard the argument that there is not enough evidence yet to prove that cannabis has therapeutic value as part of an effective plan for the management and treatment of disease?

Well that argument just isn’t true. Search the word ‘cannabis’ in PubMed* and you will find over 18,000 entries. Search ‘marijuana’ and you will find over 27,000 entries.

Health Canada is quick to point out that “Cannabis is not an approved therapeutic product and the provision of this information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the use of this product, or cannabis generally, by Health Canada. [Feb 2013]

Nevertheless, Health Canada also acknowledges that there are several ‘Potential Therapeutic Uses’ of cannabis based on clinical studies, including, but not limited to:

  • Palliative care

  • Quality of life

  • Chemotherapy-Indeed nausea and vomiting

  • Wasting syndrome

  • MS, ALS and spinal cord injury/disease

  • Epilepsy

  • Pain, both acute and chronic

  • Musculoskeletal disorders

Even Health Canada’s cautiousness can’t deny the fact that credible research for medical cannabis use exists and is ongoing.

Cann U tracks cannabis research and makes it available to you in our Resources section: ‘Research by Health Condition

*PubMed comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.  US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health