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Marijuana as Medicine? The Science beyond the Controversy

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7305.171/a (Published 21 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:171
  1. Zerrin Atakan (z.atakan@virgin.net), consultant psychiatrist and honorary senior lecturer
  1. South London and Maudsley Trust, London

    Alison Mack, Janet Joy

    National Academy Press, £12.95, pp 199 ISBN 0 309 06531 3


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    Cannabis: the devil's weed or nectar of the gods? One needs only to look at the history of cannabis to see how it has been characterised as both a social pariah and a panacea ever since the third millennium before Christ, when the healing properties of the plant were first recognised. Despite its turbulent history, cannabis remains the most widely used psychoactive drug in …

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