Are studies still needed on medical benefits of marijuana?
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) - The new medical marijuana law in Ohio leaves doctors and patients with questions many questions.
The CEO of OHCare, who care for hundreds of cancer patients in the local community, said legalization of medical marijuana brings up a lot of new questions which patients and health care providers will have to consider.
These patients all know what it's like to have cancer or have a loved one suffering from it.
Many say they would support at least having the option of medical marijuana, for some of what advocates say it might help appetite stimulation and pain control.
Dr. Randhy Broun said simply offering this medication to patients who may benefit is not so simple.
"Its' primarily difficult because the legalization is way ahead of marijuana and marijuana extracts to actually treat diseases," said Dr. Broun.
Dr. Broun says there are studies which show that at least some of the ingredients in marijuana may help certain conditions such as seizures.
"But that's all we know," said Dr. Broun. "It's being touted for autoimmune diseases and cancer pain and muscle spasms and disease, unfortunately there's no science behind any of this at this point in time."
Are there certain patients that are going to benefit more for a given problem? Maybe, but we don't know because that study hasn't been done, we just don't know the answer to the question.
One of the concerns Dr. Broun expressed is that dosing for each medical concern hasn't been established.
Legalization of something is different than established medical benefit with FDA approval.
Each practice will have to establish guidelines, he says, about how it can be used safely as new research becomes available.
If you do have symptoms of pain and nausea, it's also important to tell your doctor, and ask about current medications on the market.