Last updated on: 3/8/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Adi Lahat, MD Biography

Title:
Doctor at The Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, Chaim Sheba Medical Center (Israel)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“After 3 months’ treatment with inhaled cannabis, patients stated an improvement in their health status, their ability to perform daily activities and their ability to maintain social life. Patients reported a statistically significant physical pain reduction during treatment, as well as improvement in mental distress…

Nevertheless, improved quality of life is one of the main goals in medical treatment, and is often what interests patients the most. Thus, we think the present results are important in demonstrating for the first time that cannabis treatment indeed results in measurable improvement in quality of life of IBD [Inflammatory Bowel Disease] patients.”

“Impact of Cannabis Treatment on the Quality of Life, Weight, and Clinical Disease Activity in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients: A Pilot Prospective Study,” Digestion, Jan. 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Doctor, The Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, Chaim Sheba Medical Center (Israel)
Education:
  • MD, school and date unknown
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or Other Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?