terça-feira, junho 05, 2007

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Could recreational drugs have health benefits?

Illicit highs wreck lives - but scientists are discovering they could also treat conditions from depression to strokes and cancer.

They cause widespread misery and suffering, as well as mental and physical illnesses, and they destroy thousands of lives, but recreational drugs may have health benefits.

Research is increasingly showing that drugs may be able to help some patients with conditions as diverse as arthritis, cancer, and Parkinson's, to chronic pain, headaches, and heartburn.

Some, like cannabis, were used as medicine for centuries before they became illegal, and have been investigated as potential therapies for many disorders, but newer drugs, such as ecstasy and LSD, are also being investigated.



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