Another Medical Use for Marijuana
It helps chronic pain sufferers.
Marijuana has been used for a while now to relieve the side effects (nausea, vomiting) in cancer patients. Now, researchers say it also works to reduce chronic pain that’s linked to diabetes, multiple sclerosis or shingles.
Researchers found that patients suffering from neuropathic pain, which is marked by numbness and tingling, had less pain, better mood and improved sleep.
Although doctors understand the symptoms and causes of neuropathic pain, treatments haven’t been very effective. It’s usually been treated with antidepressants or anesthetics, but these methods don’t work for everybody.
The drug was more or less effective depending on the amount of HC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in it. The ingredient induces a sense of relaxation.
According to www.medicalnewstoday.com, lead researcher Dr. Mark Ware, of the McGill University Health Center, said that marijuana smoked three times a day for five days, “significantly reduces average pain intensity” and shows “significant improvement…in sleep quality and anxiety.”
Because the authors said that this was the “first outpatient trial of smoked cannabis ever reported,” more studies have to be done.
Fourteen states allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. (Medical News Today)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.