As several articles have pointed out, it’s generally hard for researchers to study marijuana, since it’s an illegal Schedule 1 substance (despite the fact that medical marijuana is legal in 28 states). But a recently published 395-page report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine led to a number of conclusions about weed, most of them positive. Esquire parsed out some of the most relevant ones.
According to the study, marijuana is not linked to cancers typically found in tobacco users, like lung cancer. It also shows that marijuana is useful for treating chronic pain (duh), that it’s an effective aid for combating nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, that it helps with sleep disorders, that evidence doesn’t suggest that it’s a gateway drug and that there’s not enough evidence linking the drug to worsened academic or educational