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

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) Biography

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).”

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, “Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis: Medical Use of Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harm of alcohol and other drugs on society. For more than 25 years, we have provided guidance and advice on addictions and substance use to public, private and non-governmental organizations.”

“About CCSA,” Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (accessed Mar. 18, 2015)

Mission:

“Our Mission is to provide national leadership and advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harm.”

“About CCSA,” Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (accessed Mar. 18, 2015)

Other:
National agency
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy?