With marijuana legal, California flooded with dubious health claims about the drug

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Spend a few minutes surfing Twitter and you’re likely to encounter a startling claim that comes without proof: The online world is awash with such posts, startling scientists and physicians who are urging weed’s proselytizers to tap the brakes. “We know that a component in cannabis — CBD — might be useful in treating cancer,” said Dr. Joseph A. Califano III, director of the Head and Neck Cancer Center at UC San Diego. “But we don’t know if marijuana can stop or cure it. In some cases, cannabis might make things worse. It’s going to take time to find out.” Califano added that, “What’s happening right now with marijuana reminds me of tobacco at the end of World War II. There was an explosion in its use, but little science to let people know what we were dealing with.” The admonition appears to be falling on deaf ears. With marijuana legal, California flooded with dubious health claims about the drug

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