Indian Study Cites Health Risks of Cannabis, Questions Medicinal Uses  

Cannabis has few medical benefits and there are many health consequences, a new study by Indian doctors states.

While there has been a growing push to legalize cannabis in India, authors of the study warn that such a decision may be disastrous, especially for the country’s youth. The study was published recently in the Indian Journal of Palliative Care.

“This is a first-of-its-kind review that shows there is hardly any conclusive evidence about the medicinal use of cannabis except in certain uncommon diseases,” said surgeon Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi from Tata Memorial Hospital, India’s largest cancer institute.

Chaturvedi, who is the corresponding author of the study, said that most of the positive studies have compared cannabis against placebos, not with the available medicines routinely prescribed for diseases.

“Needless to say, most of the negative studies never get published or reported,” he said.

The study states that “Although marijuana use has been legalized recently in…

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