Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"There is no scientific evidence that the effect of marijuana in diminishing pain is related to any specifically identified analgesic effect. That it unequivocally does produce a short-term CNS euphoria, which alleviates some pain centrally, best explains its mechanism for both reducing pain short-term during the period of influence as well as causing the euphoria associated with addictive drugs of abuse. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence that long-term use of medicinal marijuana is either effective or safe for the treatment of chronic pain... [T]here are many analgesic medications available to patients and physicians that have been proven and established in the practice of medicine, through sound scientific clinical research, to be more effective and safer for the treatment of chronic pain than medical marijuana."
"Medical Marijuana: A Viable Tool in the Armamentaria of Physicians Treating Chronic Pain? A Case Study and Commentary," Pain Medicine, May 2013
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:
Medical Director, Daytop Village
President-elect, International Society of Addiction Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, New York University School of Medicine
Member, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Former president, New York Society of Addiction Medicine
Fellowship, Addiction Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine, 1989
Residency, Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1987