Conditions Treated With Cannabis Often Lack Good Evidence

Source: Medscape

Many conditions that are considered qualifying conditions for cannabis use under state laws have no or insufficient evidence of efficacy, and some have evidence of inefficacy, according to an analysis published online February 4 in Health Affairs, as reported in Medscape.

Such conditions include dementia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, cachexia, irritable bowel disease, and numerous others, write Kevin F. Boehnke, PhD, a research investigator in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues.

However, the authors note that 85.5% of all patient-reported qualifying conditions had either substantial or conclusive evidence of therapeutic efficacy, based on a 2017 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

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