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8. The therapeutic effects of cannabinoids


8.7 Other possible therapeutic uses


A variety of other therapeutic uses have been suggested, although few have been investigated in any depth. In the late 1940s, for example, there were some investigations of the therapeutic uses of the euphoriant properties of cannabis, as a possible anti-depressant agent in the form of synhexil, a synthetic cannabis analogue. The results in one uncontrolled study were positive, but these were not replicated in later studies using lower doses (Nahas, 1984; Grinspoon and Bakalar, 1993). None of these suggestions have been further investigated, probably because of the potential for THC to produce dysphoric and other unwanted psychotropic side effects.