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Connecticut has a list of eleven medical conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. But a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that marijuana has not been clinically proven to be an effective treatment for most of those ailments.
In the same edition, JAMA also published a study that found inconsistencies in the levels of THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — for many different medical marijuana products.
Proper dosing is just one of the problems that Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza, associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, has with the current state of medical marijuana. He co-wrote an editorial in JAMA called, “Is the Cart Before the Horse?”
“When you are placing this under the umbrella of — or giving society the impression that this is under medical oversight — then it should meet all the other standards that medical professionals are used to,” D’Souza said.
Those standards should start with rigorous clinical trials like any other FDA approved drug, D’Souza said, adding that most medical marijuana studies so far have been of poor quality. “They were not adequately controlled, they were not blinded, they were not for a sufficient period of time, and there weren’t a sufficient number of subjects in those studies,” he said.
State legislatures are making decisions about who can receive medical marijuana based on case studies and anecdotal evidence, which is a deviation from the way other drugs are vetted, said D’Souza. […]