Medical experts caution misuse of medical cannabis

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - - There is no such thing as a product that is good for all conditions, and marijuana is no exception. This is according to the Director of Pharmacy at Swedishamerican Hospital.

"There is a sizable amount of research that has been conducted over the past years and multiple decades on the use of cannabis for a variety of medical conditions. But like all drugs, you should not self medicate with marijuana,” said Carey.

He says there can be serious side effects. Especially when used with other prescribed medication. Carey also says the smoking of any substance isn't healthy.

"As a healthcare provider, we don't dispense or prescribe cannabis. Because of that, we may not know how much product and what type of product a patient might be getting. On the flip side individuals who work at a dispensary who are well versed about the product and know the type of chemicals in the products don't have the background in healthcare."

Medical professionals hope the government will step in to help regulate the medication with the FDA, and provide federal research to better treat the public.

One sunnyside customer says she drives 7 hours to Illinois to buy marijuana products for her pain. Before it was legal here, she drove to Colorado.

"I used to see pain specialists. I was on narcotics for years and years, and I was a certified drug counselor for 10 years so that was really hard for me,” she said.