Medical Research On Marijuana and the Cannabinoids

Medical Research on CannabinoidsColorado Approved Uses

The 2000 Amendment to the Colorado Constitution recognizes three diagnoses that will qualify a person for medical marijuana certification: cancer, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS. In addition, it recognizes the following symptoms that may be treated with medical marijuana: cachexia (severe loss of weight and appetite); severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy; or persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is authorized to approve the use of medical marijuana for other conditions, but, as of April 2010, has chosen not to do so.

Other Uses

The medical literature also documents a number of other conditions and symptoms for which marijuana, THC or CBD may be effective but which are not currently approved under the Colorado medical marijuana laws.

These include:
Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
Parkinson’s Disease
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Please consult your physician as to the suitability of medical marijuana for your particular symptoms or condition.

Links to medical marijuana research:

American Alliance for Medical Cannabis

Granny Storm Crow’s MMJ Reference List – a vast collection of articles from both popular and scientific literature, organized primarily by condition but also with headings for individual cannabinoids and other topics. Remarkably comprehensive.

A searchable database of clinical studies maintained by the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, with many abstracts but no links.

And the 2003 patent held by the US Department of Health and Human Services for the use of certain cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.