Last updated on: 3/26/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Amy J. Porath-Waller, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of Research & Policy at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“There is sound evidence from animal experiments and well-designed clinical trials involving humans that cannabis and cannabinoids are effective for the relief of nausea/vomiting and certain types of pain, as well as for the stimulation of appetite. However, the evidence to date does not indicate that they are the best drugs to use for these purposes. Many studies have shown, for example, that for treating nausea and vomiting, cannabinoids are more effective than older medications such as phenothiazines (e.g., Stemetil®) or antihistaminics (e.g., Dramamine®), but appear to be less effective than newer antinauseants such as ondansetron and similar drugs (Machado Rocha et al., 2008; Soderpalm et al., 2001).”

Cowritten with Harold Kalant, MD, for the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), “Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis: Medical Use of Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Research & Policy (interim), Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)
  • Former Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)
Education:
  • PhD, Psychology, Carleton University (Canada), 2008
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy?