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August 31, 2015 // By Lee-Ann Donegan // Comments

Does Medical Marijuana Work? Penn Professor Embarks on First-of-its-kind Research

Psychiatry

Twenty-three states and Washington, D.C., have new laws that allow the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, thus spurring an increase in the use of the drug for a variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), epilepsy, sleep problems, nausea during cancer treatment, and more.

But the new policies have come before the proof: While anecdotes abound from patients attesting that marijuana provides some amount of relief for these types of conditions, there is little scientific data that speaks to whether, among whom, and how it may work.  

Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, an adjunct assistant professor of Psychology in the department of Psychiatry, has been studying the effects of cannabis for 10 years and is one of many researchers looking to change that.

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