Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
What are the harms associated with medical cannabinoid therapy?
Bottom Line:
Compared to placebo^ medical cannabinoids cause multiple different adverse events in patients^ from visual disturbance or hypotension (1 in 3-10) to hallucination or paranoia (1 in 20). Stopping due to adverse effects occurs in 1 in every 8-20 patients. Regardless of the type of medical cannabinoid used^ adverse events are common and likely underestimated. Given the extensive harms^ potential benefits must be impressive to warrant a trial of therapy.

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Publication Date: 2017-11-27
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-11-27 10:15:56