Many Doctors Are Recommending Cannabis for Cancer Despite Inconclusive Research

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Over the past two decades, the medical community has gradually come around to accepting that cannabis has a wide number of medical benefits. Research on the plant’s medicinal properties has increased dramatically in recent years, and there is now a substantial body of evidence supporting marijuana’s effectiveness as a treatment for epilepsy and as an alternative to opioid use.

But for other ailments, the medical powers of cannabis are less certain. Last year, the National Cancer Institute reported that several recent studies had found that cannabinoids had effectively killed cancer cells while protecting normal cells. These findings remain inconclusive, however, leaving most physicians specializing in cancer unsure about whether or not to recommend medical marijuana treatments.

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that while many oncologists are willing

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