Smoking Cannabis May Be Effective Treatment For Those With Chronic Pain

Patients with chronic neuropathic pain stemming from a traumatic event or surgery experienced significant relief within just a few days of smoking medical marijuana, according to researchers at McGill University.

A team of scientists tested the effects of a strain of marijuana with about 10 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the active chemical found in cannabis — compared to a placebo form of the drug containing no THC.

The patients who smoked the THC-dense cannabis experienced lessened pain, more positive moods and better quality of sleep than the control group.

"This study marks an important step forward because it demonstrates the analgesic effects of cannabis at a low dose over a short period of time for patients suffering from chronic neuropathic pain," said Dr. Mark Ware, the study's lead author.

The researchers noted that further clinical trials are needed to determine the appropriate dosage and quality of marijuana for medical use. For this study, the participants smoked 25 milligrams three times daily for five days.

Results of the study were published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal

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