Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products - New Report Issues Nearly 100 Conclusions – Release 1/12


In one of the most comprehensive studies of research on the health effects of recreational and therapeutic cannabis use, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a rigorous review of scientific research published since 1999 about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products – ranging from therapeutic effects to risks for certain cancers, diseases, mental health disorders, and injuries.  The report also examines areas that need more cannabis research and the current barriers to conducting such research.  The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report considered more than 10,700 scientific abstracts to reach its almost 100 conclusions. 


Members of the authoring committee will present the report’s findings and recommendations and answer questions during a public webinar that starts at 1 p.m. EST on Jan. 12. 


Advance copies of The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST on Wednesday, Jan. 11.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 12.  To register for the webinar, obtain an advance copy of the report, or arrange interviews with committee members, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email