Review: Thousands of Peer-Reviewed Studies Specific to Medical Cannabis Have Been Published Over Past Decade

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The total number of peer-reviewed scientific papers dedicated to cannabis, and the therapeutic use of cannabis in particular, has increased exponentially in recent years, according toPopulation Health Management.

Israeli researchers assessed trends in the number of scientific publications specific to cannabis as compared to all scientific publications during the years 2000 to 2017. They reported: The overall annual number of scientific publications increased 2.5 times between 20002017 from 531,664 to 1,282,229. In contrast, the corresponding number for publications on cannabis increased 4.5 times and increased 9-fold for publications on medical cannabis.

Overall, authors identified just over 29,000 cannabis-centric scientific papers published during the study period, with over 3,300 of those dedicated to the subject of medical marijuana. Papers specific to medical cannabis were most likely to address its use in the treatment of HIV, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, nausea, or epilepsy.

Over 60 percent of the papers were classified as original research, and 66 percent of all scientific papers originated from authors in the United States.

Commenting on the findings, NORMLs Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: These results stand ...

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