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"No accepted medical use"

This topic comes up a lot in our Green Shoulder cannabis consumption guidance service and in our other educational programs. We thought sharing this piece from 2023 would be helpful.


Cannabis is federally categorized as a Schedule 1 substance.



What does this mean?


According to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA):


“Marijuana is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. Although some states within the United States have allowed the use of marijuana for medicinal purpose, it is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that has the federal authority to approve drugs for medicinal use in the U.S. To date, the FDA has not approved a marketing application for any marijuana product for any clinical indication. Consistent therewith, the FDA and DEA have concluded that marijuana has no federally approved medical use for treatment in the U.S. and thus it remains as a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law.”


This explanation from the DEA website was written as of 2020.


If you’re confused, you’re not alone. For many, many, many people, this government position is confusing.


There’s a lot to unpack. Let’s just focus on the “no currently accepted medical use in treatment” part for now. We can explore more about the "high potential for abuse" issue in another post.


This plant has been used for hundreds of years by humans to treat just as many ailments and conditions. It’s worth noting that there has never been one recorded death attributed to consuming too much cannabis, which is also noted by the DEA. Most importantly, each outcome of treatment is specific to and essentially determined by the individual and their unique body/circumstance at the time of treatment. (Note: This is only a partial list. The entire list goes on and on. We are talking about cannabis as a treatment for CENTURIES…)

Migraines,

Headaches,

Syphilis,

Used as analgesic,

Used as anesthetic,

Epilepsy,

Malaria,

Black water fever,

Childbirth pain,

Postpartum-related conditions,

Asthma,

Respiratory disease,

Dysentery,

Anthrax exposure,

Earache,

Toothache,

Rheumatism,

Arthritis,

Menstrual cramps/pain,

Inflammation,

Coughing,

Convulsions,

Fever,

Jaundice,

Open sores/wounds (often as paste w/oil and animal fat),

Depression,

Gallbladder issues,

Colic,

Gout,

Joint pain,

Cholera,

Tetanus,

Neuralgia,

Typhus,

Cholera,

Rabies,

Alcoholism,

Opiate addiction,

Leprosy,

Incontinence,

Snake bite,

Tonsillitis,

Menorrhagia,

Uterine hemorrhaging,

Stomach cramps,

Venereal diseases,

Epileptoid/choreoid spasms,

Constipation,

and used as a vital veterinary herb.


Sure. No accepted medical use in treatment.


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