Marijuana Relieves Chronic Neuropathic Pain
Chronic neuropathic pain is difficult to treat, but a new study suggests that smoked marijuana (cannabis) is an effective therapy for this challenge. Scientists found that smoking marijuana reduces pain, improves mood, and helps sleep.
Marijuana as Medicine
Medical marijuana is often in the news, and while controversial for various reasons, study after study show that cannabis in various forms can be helpful in treating a variety of conditions. Recently (February 2010), researchers at California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research reported study findings regarding the therapeutic benefits of smoking marijuana for treating pain-related conditions. The studies were the first ever conducted on the therapeutic value of smoked marijuana in the United States in more than two decades.
Spray marijuana also recently demonstrated effectiveness in reducing cancer pain, especially in patients who had not gotten relief from morphine or other medications. Six studies also showed that extracts of marijuana significantly reduced spasms in patients who have multiple sclerosis. Yet other research indicates that marijuana is beneficial in patients who have post-traumatic stress disorder, including returning war veterans.
New Marijuana Pain Study
The new study, which was conducted at McGill University, appears to be the first outpatient clinical trial of smoked marijuana ever reported. Study participants included 21 adults age 18 years and older with chronic neuropathic pain. Three different potencies of active drug (THC; tetrahydrocannabinol) were used: 2.5 percent, 6 percent, and 9.4 percent, along with a 0 percent placebo.