The supervised use of medicinal cannabis is safe and effective at relieving pain and reducing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in cancer patients, an increasing body of research data shows.
In a new feature issue of the European Journal of Internal Medicine, researchers revised the current data on cannabis and derived products in medicine and proposed further research to strengthen the evidence for its use in standard medical practice.
“We feel it is absolutely imperative to not only present the current state of affairs, but also propose the development of the scientific research program within the paradigm of evidence-based medicine,” professor Victor Novack, guest editor of the special issue and a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, said in a press release.
“Our ultimate aim should be to scientifically establish the actual place of medical cannabis derived products in the modern medical arsenal,” he added.
While cannabis has long been used for