The ABC reports

Medical marijuana is on the rise in Australia, but we still don’t know a lot about how it works

Thousands of Australians are now using medicinal cannabis to treat conditions like chronic pain and anorexia.

Yesterday, the ABC revealed more than 3,100 medicinal cannabis scripts had been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) since the Federal Government relaxed restrictions in March 2018.

According to experts, these people were just the tip of the iceberg. It has been estimated as many as 100,000 Australians self-medicate with cannabis they’ve acquired illegally.

Advocates of the drug say it offers a safe and effective solution to people with intractable medical conditions.

But critics, and some of Australia’s leading medical experts, argue there’s limited quality evidence to support the use of medicinal cannabis in most conditions.

So, what do we know about it? And why, in some cases, is it still so little?

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These people face excruciating pain daily, but medicinal cannabis makes life bearable

Christian Read has taken everything from period pain pills to heavy opioid-based medication to manage the severe pain he suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS).

“I have actually sat there and watched as my foot completely deformed in shape,” he said.

Mr Read has pain “quite literally from head to toe”.

As well as spasms that contort different parts of his body, he experiences vision problems when his optic nerve swells, he is constantly battling exhaustion and is forced to deal with the side effects of being on the “opioid treadmill”.

“When you are dealing with chronic pain, when it’s every day for years and it’s not going to get better, you begin to develop particularly dark and unpleasant moods,” he said.

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Canberra’s cannabis legalisation faces several hurdles, here’s what’s being proposed

Local politicians are looking to cultivate Canberra’s status as the cannabis capital.

The ACT’s parliament is debating whether recreational use and possession of marijuana should be allowed in some circumstances.

The law, proposed by Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson, seems to have the support of the Government — but there are a few sticking points that could see the plan go up in smoke.

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