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How safe are medical cannabinoids?




Wang and his colleagues performed a systematic review of safety studies of medical cannabinoids published over the past 40 years and observed that short-term use appeared to increase the risk of non-serious adverse events. Of all non-serious adverse events, dizziness was the most common (15.5%).

"We observed that the rate of non-serious adverse events was 1.86 times higher among medical cannabinoid users than among controls," state the authors. "However, we did not find a higher incidence rate of serious adverse events linked to medical cannabinoid use." The authors note that 99% of the serious adverse events from randomized controlled trials were reported in only 2 trials, a fact the authors say suggests that more studies are mandatory to further characterize safety issues.



How safe are medical cannabinoids?

In a related commentary, Dr. Louisa Degenhardt, Professor of Epidemiology, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (l.degenhardt@unsw.edu.au), states that, eventhough the side effects of oral cannabis treatment appear to be minor in the short term, their longer-term effects, especially in the setting of chronic illness, have yet to be studied.


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Wang and his colleagues performed a systematic review of safety studies of medical cannabinoids published over the past 40 years and observed that short-term use appeared to increase the risk of non-serious adverse events. Of all non-serious adverse events, dizziness was the most common (15.5%).

Medicineworld.org: How safe are medical cannabinoids?

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