Study: Marijuana Effective Treatment for Chronic Pain

August 30, 2010 7:27 am 27 comments

Don't bogart that joint. Pass it over to someone who lives with chronic neuropathic pain. That's the advice from researchers at McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and McGill University, who conducted a
randomized controlled trial to investigate the analgesic effect of
inhaled cannabis in 21 people with chronic
neuropathic pain. Science Blog reports that the researchers, who administered three different potencies of active drug (THC
levels of 2.5 percent, 6 percent and 9.4 percent) as well as a 0 percent placebo, found that patients
reported better sleep quality as the THC content increased. Anxiety and
depression also decreased in the 9.4 percent THC group compared with the
placebo group. In medical language, the researchers found that 25 mg of herbal cannabis with 9.4 percent THC, administered as a
single smoked inhalation three times daily for five days significantly
reduces average pain intensity compared with a 0 percent THC cannabis placebo
in adult subjects with chronic post traumatic/post surgical neuropathic
pain.

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27 Comments

  • Will wonders ever cease? Its called ( stoned! )guyes.Its like being drunk.No pain,until you sober up.And these people are should I say researchers at McGill U.get paid for this research.Now thats a jod guys.Anybody wont to enroll? Hay! Thanks for your time and have a Great Day!!

  • Bill, where do you think drugs come from? They come from plants and such. Valium comes from Valeran Root, Asprin comes from Birch Bark. That’s where medicine comes from. If you want to close your mind because of how the government has swayed people’s opinion of Marijuana since the 1920′s, then you’re closed minded. People feel “stoned” from Percocets, from the poppy, too.

    • It is not the THC in marijuana that gives pain relief If you know the mame of the drug it is available in Jamaica or Canada search Google

  • I know where drugs come from! And if you have’nt noticed the last accont I had Marijuana was a DRUG!!And asprin does’nt come from Birch Bark any moor!And if you want to be close minded go ahead and smoke it.I’ll know who you are when I see you becouse it makes men’s brest grow,among other things.You need to do your reserch! IT does all kind of bad things to your body! ( ITS NOT MEDICINE GUY! ) Why do you thing they call it Dope? Becouse only DOPES smoke it! Have a Nice Day!!

  • Come to think about it asprin came from williow bark not Birch Bark! You missed it again Jubal!! Have a Nice Day!!

  • hey Bill do you believe everything the republicans tell you?

  • well that is how any drug works,DUH

  • Maybe you should read more on the subject .We can tell you do not read much by the way you spell .Truly you know nothing of chronic pain,the fact is there are draw backs with all pain medications and this has less side effects than most other chronic pain medications.

  • Hi Bill,
    My wife had a terminal brain tumor. Before it was diagnosed she had horrible headaches and nausea. She hadn’t eaten anything but a little soup in 2 weeks. I called an old friend who had someone deliver some weed. She took a couple of hits, smiled and asked if I would make her a grilled cheese.
    Priceless memory…….
    Let the terminally ill and those in chronic pain do whatever is necessary to improve quality of life.

  • I think Bill C could use 25 mg. of herbal cannabis, it would help his attitude immensely.

  • Tommy Johnson

    You’re not really that stupid are you? Surely you can’t be. Marijuana makes breasts grow? You idiot, if that were true every small breasted woman in the world would be lighting up daily. God you brain dead and mind controlled piece of shit. Plus, you might improve your argument greatly if you would only get a dictionary. However, I guess if you can’t read one….

  • Reply to buz. Been their done that! I never did like it if I did I would still be smokeing it. But that was a long time ago! And I’ll not go back their! A lot of things change over the years,and my life has changed for the better.I’ll give you one,lets see if you can understand its meaning.As no one is discharged in time of war,so wickedness will not release those who practice it. Eccl.8:8b– have a nice day.

  • It’s not dope you dumbass ,it’s WEED! a plant that will grow most anywhere ,including my back porch.
    I’d love it, and would pay $1000 tax a year, to be able to grow 5 plants
    Do a poll as to how many people would do the same. I’ll bet you could pay for health care with the revenue!

  • If you do not suffer from chronic pain, you have no right to say anything. I suffer from it everyday.If prescibed drugs don’t help, then you have the right to try what ever means necessary to help you feel comfortable.If that means smoking a joint then so be IT!!!!!

  • Hey Bill,you ever try spellcheck,or are you just illiterate.The pot effect is nothing like alchohol.Alchohol the drug of choice for dullards ,world wide.I’ve toked 32 out of 43 yrs. of my life.I can do anything you can do,but better,stronger&faster,toke up Bill,you might learn how to spell.

  • Wow Bill, how long have you been brain dead. My wife has a very painfull ailment for the last ten years and most of the time the meds that she has to take don’t work. Weed does help without all the side effects. Most of the priscption drugs are killing her because of the side effects to her liver and kidneys. They also destroy her immune system so she gets sick every flu season. Who are you anyway, that you should tell any other person what’s best for them. WRB

  • I an glad that all those who feel that buds have reached a medical history high. And I need it to be true from a personel stand point, because I suffer from a facial injury called trigeminal nuralgia and I am in constant pain from migranes. And I am proof that smoking herbs has inproved my quality of life

  • how the hell do you know it wasn’t a dem.

  • kennedyjeffrey@bellsouth.net

    I Have To Agree With This Study. I Suffer From Very Painful Neuropathy Of The Feet & Legs. I Use Medical Marijuana For This Pain When I Can Afford It, All though, I Live In Florida And Have To Resort To The Black Market. I Am Facing Drug Trafficking Charges As My Home Was Robbed & Police Were Called To Read Complete Story. Please Go To crpsadvisory.com & Click On Jeffrey’s Story.
    Thanks To All That Support,
    Jeffrey & Sharon Kennedy

  • Hi J.Keen
    I suffer from chronic pain and I have tried pot to ease the pain and allow me to sleep better. It works, But I get so paranoid when I use it. Do you have any suggestions?
    PS. The paranoia is not related to the law. I just get bad thoughts.

  • Do some research on Indicas and Sativas. There are hundreds of strains of cannabis due to all the crossbreeding of the original landrace strains. There are many indicas that due not give you the paranoia you mentioned. I also get paranoid. But a lot of it is from the programming of your brain. If you are a person that has a lot of fears and phobias, then cannabis will bring this out in you. Just relax and reverse your thought process and realize that we have been brainwashed by very powerful and rich people to think this NATURAL herb thats been here since the start is bad. Also look into edibles and vaporizers.

  • Bill and others like him are the reasons for these horrible prohibition laws in existence today. There is a book called ” The emperor wears no cloths” that will enlighten and change anyones mind who reads it on matters of cannabis. It is probally hard for some blue blooded patriotic american to except the fact that laws like this are in place so that powerful people can gain more power. Have you ever even heard of Harry Anslinger? His relationship to the Hearst Empire and its goals. Bill you really need to open your mind and your eyes. Your continuous posting is just showing the level of your ignorance. You should stop now

  • I suffer from degenarative disc and have arthritis thoughout my body. I have been on vicodin, percocett and numerous other LEGAL medicines. All they have done is created more problems that need more medicine. Smoked a lot of cannabis before I joined the Military in 1981. Of course had to stop while I was enlisted. Lately I have given it a try again because I refuse to let modern medicine and Doctors kill me with there poisions. In one month on cannabis I have lost 5 pounds. The pain does not have power over me as it once did. My attitude is more positive. My wife and loved ones have noticed a difference in me. For those who choose to quote scripture, God made cannabis, man made alcohol, vicodin, oxycontin, prosac and so on. Who do you trust?

  • Wow…You really can not spell at all! You are a real idiot regardless of whether or not you like weed.

  • I WAS 30YRS OLD BEFORE I KNEW WEED WASEN’T LEGAL (BECAUSE EVERYONE I KNEW HAD A BAG OF IT)

  • I am a 62 yr old vietnam veteran who suffers from severe pain from periferal neuopathy and have tried every available medication with numerous and harmful side effects,many of them permanent and irreversable. now that i have read this article i will light up the old joint for the first time in many years.The hell with doctors and drug companies!!!They can kill me but they cant eat me…

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