MJ does have medicinal properties. Chronic use does increase the risk for depression . . . granted so does alcohol which has ZERO proven medicinal properties to date . . . with the exception of alcohol withdrawal therapy. In the old days, physicians used to taper alcoholics with alcohol . . . straight from the hospital pharmacy. Using MJ once can precipitate a psychotic episode in susceptible people which is likely less than 1% of the population.AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands Monday became the world's first country to make cannabis available as a prescription drug in pharmacies to treat cancer, HIV (news - web sites) and multiple sclerosis patients, the Health Ministry said.
Critics argue that it has not passed sufficient scientific scrutiny at a time when researchers are trying to determine if it confers the medical benefits many users claim. Some doctors say it increases the risk of depression and schizophrenia. ($1=.9145 Euro).