Last updated on: 5/12/2008 | Author:

Liliana Bachs, MD Biography

Senior Medical Officer at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“In these last few years it has been published in many papers, mainly from emergency services around the world, that, in my view, confirm our findings regarding cardiovascular acute events after cannabis smoking. The documentation for the involvement of cannabis in psychotic episodes is growing as well. The side effects of cannabis appear clearer now than it did a few years ago in the disfavour of cannabis. The question of use of cannabis for medical conditions will have to weigh the possibility of side effects against the clinical benefit. This may result in a decision in favour of cannabis for some patients with special circumstances, but in general, I do not see cannabis as a more useful drug than other therapeutic alternatives.”

Email to, Oct. 23, 2009

[Editors Note: Dr. Bachs had previously provided the following Con position in a Dec. 1, 2005 email to]

“About marijuana as a medical option, I do not think that marijuana has more advantages than other therapies, taking the side effects into consideration. So the answer is no.”

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Medical Officer, Divisions of Forensic Toxicology and Drug Abuse, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
  • Recipient, International Association of Forensic Toxicologists award for “Best Poster Presentation in Helsinki”, 2000
  • MD, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Specialty in clinical pharmacology, Oslo, Norway
  • Presented “Blood Concentrations of Codeine, Morphine and Morphine-glucuronide: Relationship With Degree of Impairment” at the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, Aug. 26, 2005
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