New International Study: Herbal Cannabis More Effective Than Pharmaceutical Cannabinoids

A new study published by the National Institute of Health, which is the most comprehensive of its kind, has found that natural, herbal cannabis is a more effectivecannabisthc medicine than pharmaceutical medicines based, or derived from cannabis and cannabinoids.

“Cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, are the most important active constituents of the cannabis plant”, states the study’s abstract; “Over recent years, cannabinoid-based medicines (CBMs) have become increasingly available to patients in many countries, both as pharmaceutical products and as herbal cannabis (marijuana). While there seems to be a demand for multiple cannabinoid-based therapeutic products, specifically for symptomatic amelioration in chronic diseases, therapeutic effects of different CBMs have only been directly compared in a few clinical studies.”

For the study, researchers surveyed 953 particpants from 31 different countries, making this the ” largest international survey on a wide variety of users of cannabinoid-based medicine performed so far”, according to researchers.

While conducting this study, researchers found that; “In general, herbal non-pharmaceutical CBMs received higher appreciation scores by participants than pharmaceutical products containing cannabinoids.”

They conclude; “The reported data may be useful for further development of safe and effective medications based on cannabis and single cannabinoids.”

The study can be found by clicking here.


About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.


  1. Bernie Ellis

    This study was not published by the National Institutes of Health. It was published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs and cataloged by the National Library of Medicine at NIH.

    Having said that, I am glad to see it published and agree with its findings.

    Bernie Ellis, MA, MPH

  2. adam

    I think this is a great idea for people that have problems this would really effective for those people out there

  3. Robert P. Doyle SR- U.S. Army RVN

    Been beating Agent Orange since 1969. Canabis whole is a preventive medicine for me. With the advent of ending prohibition comes an ability to expand from processed canabis sativa hemp adjunct health effects and bring in the other three species with additional benefit. Thanks for the info you publish.

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