21/02/2024
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In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Today, the use of cannabis to treat health conditions is now legal in 38 states, three territories and Washington, DC.

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As legalization has spread across the United States, the percentage of people who report having a medical clearance to use cannabis has doubled in the last decade, rising from 1.2% to 2.5% between 2013 and 2020.

But Thomas Arkell, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, says clinical trials of the effectiveness of the medical marijuana active ingredients THC and CBD are still in their infancy.

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We need to build a stronger evidence base on what kinds of doses of THC and CBD are most effective for certain conditions, which delivery forms work best, and what are the reasons why some patients discontinue treatment due to lack of symptom improvement says Dr. Arkell, co-author of a new study on cannabis use and health-related quality of life, published May 9, 2023, in JAMA network open.

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