There has been a lot of controversy recently surrounding two studies that were published earlier in the year regarding medical marijuana. One big point being brought up is its potency is being misrepresented.
What Is Cannabis And How Does It Help?
In the first study, researchers conducted roughly 80 randomized trials that included 6,500 participants. They found that cannabinoids do in fact help treat diseases. Yet the specificity of particular cannabinoids with relation to disease is a little hazy. What this means is, while all of the cannabinoids in the marijuana plant help treat different ailments, pinpointing specific strains to specific diseases is still a bit challenging. Cannabis is full of cannabinoids, and the most famous of these are THC and CBD.
Medical Cannabis Potency And Who Is Growing Cannabis
While the first study focused on the effects of medical marijuana on its patients, the second study took a look at the potency of edibles being sold on the medicinal market. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine looked at 75 different edible products from three different major metropolitan areas. They found that it was fairly common for edibles to be over labeled. Therefore, this means they actually have less active THC in the product than advertised.
While at first this news can come off as a little unsettling, it is important to remember that, marijuana does not get the funding or research attention that it so desperately needs. Because cannabis is a plant and not created in a lab, the growing of cannabis needs to be taken into account. Different growers, locations, and strains will effect the potency of the weed.
There are also more than 400 compounds in cannabis. This fact is striking compared to the one or two compounds normally found in FDA-approved manufactured drugs. Also, while dosage is still being perfected, it is always better to over label than under label.
Cannabis Clubs And Kinks
In addition to that, legal cannabis is a fledgling industry, and like most has kinks to work out. For instance, the edibles used in the study were collected in October of 2014. This does not take into account the significant strides that have been made in the cannabis industry in 2015. Thankfully, there are cannabis clubs in many states who not only rally for the medical use of marijuana. The clubs also help patients and consumers make sure they are getting all of the necessary information.
CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula said, “We don’t really know, and I think that’s what this study highlights.” She continued, “We just haven’t had enough research.” Hopefully, these studies will only further the notion that the cannabis industry deserves a ranking spot in the field of medical research and advancement.