Is it true that marijuana can be used medically?
A Yes, although its use is restricted. Even though marijuana is considered an illegal drug in the United States and some other countries, there is a growing movement to make it legally available to treat certain illnesses and medical conditions. A report issued in 1999 by the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine found that marijuana appears to be helpful in treating pain, nausea, AIDS-related weight loss, muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis, and other problems. Many cancer patients and people with AIDS use marijuana because they find it effective in relieving nausea and restoring appetite. Research is under way to find methods of administering the drug that don’t subject the user to the hazards of cancer, lung damage, and emphysema.