Cannabis: The comeback of a banned medicine

A multimedia investigation of the potential and limits of one of the most controversial plants of all time
Swissinfo (Switzerland)
Monday, June 22, 2015

"When pure and administered carefully, [cannabis] is one of the most valuable medicines we possess,” wrote British physician John Russell Reynolds in 1890, praising the substance’s curative properties. Over a century later, cannabis is on the list of banned substances worldwide due to its psychoactive effects. A devastating and dangerous drug for some, a medicine without equal in the pharmacist’s repertoire for others, cannabis is beginning to be used again in the treatment of serious illness and chronic pain.