September 14, 2020

Potential Health Benefits and Risks of Cannabis – What the Medical Research Says

People have been using cannabis for healing for centuries, ever since the beginning of the written word.1  But it’s in this century that researchers are forging ahead with groundbreaking studies to uncover—and validate—the plant’s medical potential through an understanding of its benefits and side effects.

For those physicians who were pioneers in the emerging field of cannabinoid medicine, the validation is long overdue.

“My interest in this field came from having a lot of patients telling me that they were using it along with their standard medications for pain,” said Dr. Carolina Landolt, a Toronto rheumatologist and internal medicine specialist with a sub-specialization in the management of complex autoimmune disorders. “At one point, when you keep hearing the same stories over and over—'this worked for me, and I want to be able to get it'— you begin to think there is something to this.”