Cannabis benefits – more than just anecdotal

Medical Cannabis and CBD

A big challenge for CBD advocates and industry stakeholders to overcome is the perception that the science is not quite sufficient. However, that received wisdom is itself now being challenged. If you talk to most people about CBD they’ll probably write it off, saying it’s unverified, needs to be tested more and that there’s no clear evidence of any benefits. But new evidence is now in play showing this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, over the past decade, there has been a virtual cascade of peer-reviewed scientific papers dedicated to figuring out the exact therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

The NORML blog reports that Israeli researchers have discovered that publications based on cannabis outnumber publications on mainstream scientific subjects. And it wasn’t even a close margin. Between the years 2000 and 2017 the amount of articles centring on cannabis were four and a half times as much, and it was nine times as many for articles based on medical cannabis.

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NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano couldn’t have put it more eloquently than when he said that “these results stand in stark contrast to the popular narrative we lack adequate scientific understanding of cannabis and its effects.”

Stakeholders will hope that there is even more conclusive clinical proof obtained in the coming years and the prospect of that happening looks highly likely. In the UK, the evidence will continue to mount as more and more CBD is prescribed to private patients. The belief is that patient testimony from that private base will eventually persuade the NHS to do more to facilitate CBD for use by the general population.

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Jon Cosgrave

Jon is a content writer and copywriter. When not grappling with words, he grapples at jiu-jitsu. His fingers are in constant agony.

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