Last updated on: 5/28/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Anna H. Soderpalm, PhD Biography

Title:
Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“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

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:
  • 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
Education:
  • PhD, University of Goteborg, Sweden, 2000
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy?