Experts issue warning about claims that marijuana can cure cancer and other diseases

Thirty states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana in some form, and there’s now an endless supply of claims on the internet that pot will cure nearly every known disease, including cancer.
Physicians and other experts have advised patients to proceed with caution before buying into the hype until there is substantiated science to back up the assertions.
“We know that a component in cannabis — CBD — might be useful in treating cancer,” Dr. Joseph A. Califano III told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “But we don’t know if marijuana can stop or cure it. In some cases, cannabis might make things worse. It’s going to take time to find out.”
Califano is the director of the Head and Neck Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego.
Because of marijuana’s classification as a Schedule 1 drug, it has been difficult for the medical and science communities to

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