Amanda Candow’s path to using marijuana for her multiple sclerosis is complicated. She used to be against using any kind of marijuana until she was diagnosed in 2011 and was offered a joint.
“That’s how I found out that it actually helped my medical condition,” said Candow.
“Patients tend to be extremely motivated, and completely appropriately, by anecdotal evidence,” said Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s Dr. Ted Parran.
Dr. Parran says doctors should need more medical proof before prescribing any kind of cannabis as a medicine.
One of the barriers to getting that research has been the fact that marijuana is still defined as a Schedule 1 drug, the most dangerous and addictive classification. That’s limited how many medical studies have been conducted with marijuana and Dr. Parran says the research that has been done has had limited results.