Clinical Studies Show Marijuana Eases Pain and Helps MS Patients
February 18, 2010
(ChattahBox)—For the first time in 20-years, results from scientific clinical trials show that marijuana offers therapeutic value for patients suffering from various conditions, including relief from pain caused by injury or diseases of the nervous system and muscle spasms suffered by MS patients. Researchers from the University of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) conducted the five scientific clinical trials and made their findings available to the California legislature and the public.
CMCR director, Igor Grant, MD, Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine, said the research team “focused on illnesses where current medical treatment does not provide adequate relief or coverage of symptoms.” “These findings provide a strong, science-based context in which policy makers and the public can begin discussing the place of cannabis in medical care,” said Grant.
The report concludes that “four CMCR-funded studies have demonstrated that cannabis has analgesic effects in pain conditions secondary to injury (e.g. spinal cord injury) or disease (e.g. HIv disease, HIv drug therapy) of the nervous system.
And in addition to nerve pain, the CMCR study found that cannabis offers relief to MS patients suffering from muscle spasticity. “The results of the CMCR study suggest that cannabis reduces MS spasticity, at least in the short term, beyond the benefit available from usual medical care.”
The complete study can be found here.