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Medical cannabis research published online in 2009 in The Lancet looks into adverse health effects of non-medical cannabis use.

For over two decades, cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, has been the most widely used illicit drug by young people in high-income countries, and has recently become popular on a global scale. Epidemiological research during the past 10 years suggests that regular use of cannabis during adolescence and into adulthood can have adverse effects. ” * 

Medical cannabis therapies are derived from the marijuana plant cannabis indica
and cannabis sativa and prescribed online by doctors in australia and
are considered by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Australia) as ‘prescription
medicines’ in all cities Sydney, Brisbane, Melboure, Darwin, Tasmania, Perth,
Canberra and states ACT, QLD, NT, TAS, WA, NSW and VIC. Australian medical
cannabis therapies still need further rigorous research to prove health and
safety properties. Summary in these studies found:


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The most probable adverse effects include a dependence syndrome, increased risk of motor vehicle crashes,impaired respiratory function, cardiovascular disease, and adverse effects of regular use on adolescent psychosocial development and mental health.  ”*

When considering medicinal cannabis therapies for your chronic condition each patient must consider the possibility of side effects and if the benefit of
symptom control outweighs the side effects.

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As with all posts for more information see the link to article and TGA
guidelines below:

Medicinal cannabis | Therapeutic
Goods Administration (TGA)

Wayne, and Louisa Degenhardt. “Adverse health effects of non-medical
cannabis use.” The Lancet
(2009): 1383-1391.