From the Desk of Sean Devlin, DO

The use of medicinal cannabis by inhalation has been very controversial, the old adage has been if you smoke it you are at increased risk of pulmonary disease and possibly cancer.  As time goes by and more studies are performed we are starting to see other evidence which may indicate that cannabis may in fact reduce risks of developing some cancers as well not be as harmful as smoking cigarettes.  Obviously with any substance used for medicinal purposes we have our intended positive effects and our negative or untoward ‘side-effects’.  We always recommend that if patients choose to use medicinal cannabis they do so with caution and are encouraged to vaporize the cannabis if they do inhale.  This following study provides us with another little insight into this amazingly versatile plant—

 

from The Journal of the American Medical Association

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1104848

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