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Friday
Sep242010

Medical Marijuana for Pain

Here's the latest on the medical uses of marijuana: a research team from Canada's McGill University Health Centre has published a study showing that smoking marijuana at home three times a day reduced chronic nerve pain in patients who had failed to achieve relief from other treatments. Some participants had pain following nerve injury due to accidents, and some cases were due to surgical trauma, including cut nerves. During the study, the patients smoked low doses (25 mg) of marijuana three times a day over the course of five days; they all used a pipe, and the marijuana they were given contained approximately 10 percent THC, the primary active ingredient. The researchers described the pain reduction as "modest" but said that the marijuana also improved patients' moods and helped them sleep better. They noted that bigger, longer-lasting clinical trials investigating higher doses of THC would be needed to further evaluate the effectiveness and long-term safety of medical marijuana for pain relief. The study was published online August 30, 2010 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Read my latest Huffington Post piece on medical marijuana and cancer.

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Reader Comments (3)

Nice post Doc.
I've found the use of marijuana to help me relax and sleep better at night. I wake up feeling thoroughly refreshed and no side-effects at all!
Keep up the beautiful blog!!!

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGoran

I find it ironic that this university study doesn’t highlight the relativity of the percentage of THC with the level of pain relief. Had the research released the data reflecting that the higher levels of THC meant lower levels of pain and therefore a greater opportunity of pain sufferers finding relief, many of us would be off pain pills. Pill that deaden our intimate lives and practically make us droids in a human world.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertony

I'm 85 years old with neuropathy and arthritis and Fibromyalgia. SSRIs make me sick. Most pills do. Doctor can't help me. Medical marijuana illegal in this state.

My children (55 and 60 years of age) got some marijuana for me. I bought a glass pipe. Now, I have relief.

Siddhi

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSiddhi
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