More Research Needed for Answers to Cannabinoid Questions

SAN DIEGO  — State and local marijuana laws continue to evolve toward legalization much faster than the scientific community can collect the data to help society weigh the health, safety, and ethical ramifications of these new laws.

Meanwhile, across the United States, patients looking for relief from everything from glaucoma to migraines want to know if it can be found in an oil or edible at the new local dispensary, but the medical community cannot give them a definitive answer.

Unfortunately, none of that is expected to change anytime soon, according to science and policy experts who spoke Monday at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals 2017 Annual Meeting during a discussion titled: Cannabis in Society and Medical Practice.

It took decades for the scientific community to learn all that it knows about the health effects of tobacco and alcohol. It’s going to take just as long to collect the

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