An editorial in a major Fairfax newspaper has questioned the use of untested medicines.
It highlights that the absence of independent scientific evidence to back up claims of medical benefits for untested medicines makes them unacceptable for use.
The regulation of complimentary medicines in Australia is of limited effectiveness as the Therapeutic Goods Administration system has little effectiveness.
(Source: The Sunday Age newspaper 12 May 2013)
These very same comments can be made of the illicit drug cannabis having medical benefits.
Cannabis is being touted in Australia as a possible medicine but like other products its claims are untested.
Medicines in Australia need to undergo strenuous scientific tests to ensure that their therapeutic claims are accurate BEFORE they are used on humans.
Cannabis testing has not proven any therapeutic benefits for humans but on the contrary have shown to have adverse impacts on human health therefore making them unfit for use on humans.
So why is there any suggestion that modern highly toxic cannabis may be used as a medicine?
Any claim made for cannabis use in medicine are weak given that there are other tested prescription medicines that can effectively be given to patients.