“It’s a remarkably safe compound from a purely pharmacological standpoint,” he says, “but then you have to take that and apply it to other people who may be taking other medications, or have other conditions, or other interactions. A lot of patients with chronic pain also have mental health issues like anxiety, depression. How is the drug interacting with those conditions? Is it helping or harming? These are important long-term effects that need to be evaluated.”
According to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, marijuana is not to prescribed to those under the age of 25, “unless all other conventional therapeutic options have been attempted and have failed to alleviate the patient’s symptoms.”
Ware points out that developing teenage brains are very susceptible to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in the plant. And when administered at too young an age, it can have important effects, including triggering a latent psychosis.