There is not a day that goes by that I don’t see a cancer patient who has nausea, pain, loss of appetite, insomnia, depression and I could write six different prescriptions for all of those concerns, all of those costing money and could interact with each other and could interact with the chemotherapy that I’m prescribing… or I could recommend one medicine and it’s a plant that they could grow their own,a Abrams said.
Dr. Abrams has been an advocate for the herb since the early 90as, but his first successful cannabis medical trial didn’t happen until five years after California did the Compassionate Use Act. According to Abrams, the legislation allowed patients to legally possess weed, but didn’t make it any easier for doctors to study i did The real kicker here is the only legal source to get cannabis to do research with is from NIDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse,a Abrams said.
NIDA has a congressional mandate to only study substances of abuse as substances of abuse, so they can provide cannabis but they can’t provide funding for any clinical trials to show that cannabis may have a medical benefit.a Advertise Under the Drug Enforcement Association, cannabis is classified as a schedule one controlled substance. That as the same category as heroin, meaning the government believes it to have a high potential for abuse and no medical benefit. Methamphetamine and cocaine are both schedule two substances, so the government recognizers their medicinal properties and they can be accessed through a prescription.
Because of the prohibition that we have in this country against this plant, this flower, to develop evidence which is what we need in this evidence-based medicine environment, people have to spend quite a bit of time and resources basically reinventing the wheel, Abrams said.