Marijuana has been included in the list of illicit drugs for a long time despite its use as a remedy for several medical problems. However this use has been on the basis of the individual experiences with no concrete scientific evidence. Its positive effects have been mostly overshadowed by its recreational use worldwide. It has recently become the topic of hot debate due to several studies showing its role in various medical and especially neurological disorders. These new findings have created a controversy and world is still divided on its legalization for medicinal purpose. Several countries and states have legalized it recently, but many experts have raised concerns about its misuse and long term legal, ethical, financial and health implication, that need to be answered yet. Pakistan is considered as one of the largest cannabis producing country and with increasing evidence for potential medicinal benefits; we need to develop a consensus on this topic, considering health, legal and ethical perspectives linked to its medical uses in our society.
Zaman, Qamar and Siddiqui, Maimoona
"A silver lining in the dark clouds: Medical Marijuana, in the Neurological disorders and its future in Pakistan.,"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 12:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol12/iss3/6