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Marijuana, cranberries: gaining respect.

Marijuana, cranberries: Gaining respect

Two marginal members of the clinical pharmacopoeia received at least tentative support last week. The chief administrative law judge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recommended the DEA reclassify marijuana to a less restrictive status that would make it available by prescription to patients with multiple sclerosis or chemotherapy-induced nausea. He called the drug "one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."

The DEA is expected to reject the nonbinding recommendation. A rejection would like be appealed by groups supporting pot's reclassification (SN: 2/20/88, p.122).

And in a review of the scientific literature, appearing in the Sept. 9 JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, two physicians conclude there is evidence -- albeit somewhat tenuous -- for the usefulness of drinking cranberry juice in preventing and treating urinary tract infections. It is unclear, however, whether the popular home remedy works by acidifying the urine, and how much juice a patient must consume to gain its therapeutic benefits.
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Title Annotation:therapeutic use
Publication:Science News
Date:Sep 17, 1988
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