New study: Marijuana is useful treatment for some pain related medical maladies

Research project is first of its kind in 20 years

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Scientific evidence exists that medical marijuana is a promising treatment for some specific pain related medical conditions, researchers from the University of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research said Wednesday.

State funded studies conducted over the past decade have found marijuana could be effective by itself or in combination with other drugs for conditions such as nerve pain associated with HIV and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis.

“This study confirms all of the anecdotal evidence” of suffering eased by marijuana, said state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.

Leno was accompanied at his state capital news conference by former state Sen. John Vasconcellos, D-Santa Clara, who authored the legislation commissioning this $8.7 million worth of research in the wake of the 1996 passage of Proposition 215 legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

The study did not include many other medical conditions for which marijuana is currently prescribed because the researchers were restricted by funding and legal issues accessing patients.  (Source)


… another report on the study:
Marijuana’s benefits for treating pain subject of UCSD report
Researchers at the University of California’s San Diego-based Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research presented a report to the state Legislature Wednesday that concludes marijuana has a therapeutic value in treating pain.

Following five clinical trials, the researchers found there is “reasonable evidence that cannabis is a promising treatment” for some specific, pain-related medical conditions.

“We focused on illnesses where current medical treatment does not provide adequate relief or coverage of symptoms” said Dr. Igor Grant, the center’s director and executive vice chair of UCSD’s Department of Psychiatry.

“These findings provide a strong, science-based context in which policymakers and the public can begin discussing the place of cannabis in medical care,” Grant said.

The studies showed that cannabis can be helpful in easing pain in selected syndromes caused by injury or diseases of the nervous system and possibly for painful muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis.

The center was established in 2000 to conduct clinical and pre-clinical trials of cannabinoids in an effort to answer the question “does marijuana have therapeutic value?”

With the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996, it became legal in California for seriously ill patients under the supervision of a physician to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes.

This story was written and edited by City News Service staff.

See Also Science Daily: Studies Show Marijuana Has Therapeutic Value, Research Reported to Legislature

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