But don't listen to me, I have absolutely no medical training.
It follows calls from some MPs for a law to allow medical use of cannabis, with polls suggesting 58 per cent of people would back such a move.
Prof Ahmed Ahmed of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, said existing studies were beginning to produce exciting findings which could result in new treatments. “This field holds great promise for developing novel therapeutic opportunities for cancer patients,” he said.
The study has received celebrity backing from actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who uses marijuana to treat the symptoms of his ortho-arthritis. He told The Daily Telegraph: “Two years ago, in Los Angeles I was examined by a doctor and given a note which gave me legal permission to purchase, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products, which I was advised might help the ortho-arthritis in both my hands.”
“As a result of this experience, I enthusiastically support the Oxford University Cannabis Research Plan,” he said.
Currently neither the Conservatives nor Labour officially support legalising cannabis for medical use. Both the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats have called for legalising its medical use for some time.
Sativex, a prescription-only drug used by multiple sclerosis patients, is the only licensed cannabis-based product in the country and is given to help ease muscle spasms. However, it is non-psychoactive and does not cause a high.
To date, NHS bodies have rejected its use, saying it is too costly to justify.