18 november 2021

Cannabis Health Benefits Acknowledged in U.S.

A new commissioner for the FDA will be nominated by U.S. President Joe Biden. This new Food and Drug Administration commissioner has already acknowledged the potential medical benefits of marijuana. In fact, a doctor has prescribed him medicine that derives from cannabis. Once serving a short stay at the FDA head Robert Califf has not spoken on concerns with cannabis. Yet back in 2016 at a research summit about marijuana, he recognized the healing power of the plant. To which Mr. Califf strongly suggested the FDA is ready to push for cannabis research and development.

“We understand that people have identified a number of possible uses of marijuana and marijuana-derived products. For example, AIDS wasting, epilepsy, neuropathic pain, treatment of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, cancer and chemotherapy-induced nausea,” Califf said. “And I had the chance to prescribe some of this in my cardiology practice in people with extreme heart failure who get a wasting cachectic syndrome.”


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