Marijuana or cannabis has the potential of a promising treatment for specific, pain-related medical conditions, according to California researchers who presented an update of their findings to the California Legislature and also released them to the public.
‘I think the evidence is getting better and better that marijuana, or the constituents of cannabis, are useful at least in the adjunctive treatment of neuropathy,” Igor Grant, MD, executive vice-chairman of the department of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California.
”We don’t know if it’s a front-line treatment. I’m hoping the results of our studies will prompt larger-scale studies that involve a much more varied population.” ”This [report given to the Legislature] sets the stage of larger-scale studies,” he says.
The researchers said in the report that five studies that have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals demonstrate the usefulness of marijuana for pain-related conditions.
• According to a study appearing in Neuropsychopharmacology, pain in HIV patients can be significantly reduced with smoked cannabis.
• A study on the similar lines appeared in the journal Neurology and indicated that cannabis offered more benefits than placebo.
• A study appearing in the Journal of Pain suggested that marijuana was useful for reducing neuropathic pain in people suffering spinal cord injury and other conditions.
• A study that was published in Anesthesiology suggested that medium doses of marijuana may be effective in minimizing pain perception and it was found that the higher the dose, the greater the pain relief.
• In a study appearing in the Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, it was revealed that vaporized marijuana can be safe.
All in all, the five studies suggested that the use of marijuana has merit and marijuana could be an effective drug for treating specific, pain-related medical conditions.