Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"Although the public debate about the legalization of marijuana has continued for as long as 25 years, few controlled studies have been conducted to assess its potential medical benefits. The present study examined the antiemetic effect of smoked marijuana cigarettes (8.4 and 16.9 mg Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol [THC]) compared to a highly potent antiemetic drug, ondansetron (8 mg) in 13 healthy volunteers. Nausea and emesis were induced by syrup of ipecac.
Marijuana significantly reduced ratings of 'queasiness' and slightly reduced the incidence of vomiting compared to placebo. Ondansetron completely eliminated the emetic effects of ipecac. These findings support and extend previous results, indicating that smoked marijuana reduces feelings of nausea and also reduces emesis in this model. However, its effects are very modest relative to ondansetron, and the psychoactive effects of marijuana are likely to limit its clinical usefulness in the general population."
"Antiemetic Efficacy of Smoked Marijuana: Subjective and Behavioral Effects on Nausea Induced by Syrup of Ipecac," Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, July 2001
Experts PhD's and JD's (lawyers) with significant post-doctoral involvement in medical marijuana issues; judges who have presided over medical marijuana cases. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago, 2000-2002
Researcher, Department of Psychology, Goteborg University, Sweden
Recipient, Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) Grant
Recipient, Travel Award, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, 2001