“The committee found evidence to support that patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids were more likely to experience a significant reduction in pain symptoms. “Furthermore, in adults with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, there was conclusive evidence that certain oral cannabinoids were effective in preventing and treating those ailments.” It also improves patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms. Other conclusions in the report included: There is “moderate evidence” that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective for: Improving short-term sleep outcomes in those with sleep disturbance associated with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and multiple sclerosis. There is “limited evidence” that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective for: Increasing appetite and decreasing weight loss associated with HIV/?AIDS. Improving Tourette syndrome, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. The study addressed harmful side effects as well, though almost any drug will have drawbacks. It also lists several ailments for which marijuana doesn’t help and made specific suggestions regarding future research. ___ Medical marijuana should not be a partisan issue, though it will require a bipartisan effort in Wisconsin. We need to explore all possible avenues when treating a person in chemotherapy who cannot eat because of severe nausea, a patient enduring Medical marijuana chronic pain or a victim suffering the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis. Legislation legalizing medical marijuana use can include parameters to limit its use and avoid abuse.
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