Medical MarijuanaSeptember 12, 2011 Written by JP [Font too small?]
The July-August edition of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine addresses one of the more contentious medical, political and societal issues of our time: medical marijuana. The review provides a balanced perspective about the pros and cons of cannabis use in modern medicine. It not only describes scientific evidence pertaining to legal and illegal cannabis, but also points out issues that require more clarification and future study including: the addictive potential of the “drug”, optimal delivery methods and quality control issues involving natural and synthetic contaminants. My own investigation into the medicinal use of marijuana uncovered some promising and troubling findings.
On the positive side, two trials from 2010 and 2011 demonstrated encouraging results in the management of chronic pain related conditions such as fibromyalgia and postsurgical neuropathic pain. However, other recent cannabis studies point to a lack of success in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and a decline in cognitive performance in multiple sclerosis patients that use “inhaled or ingested street cannabis”. This new data is unlikely to sway stalwart opinions about medical marijuana one way or the other. But, I hope it will add some scientific weight to the discussion.
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To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:
Study 1 – Cannabis and Its Derivatives: Review of Medical Use … (link)
Study 2 – Cannabis Use in Patients with Fibromyalgia: Effect On … (link)
Study 3 – Smoked Cannabis for Chronic Neuropathic Pain … (link)
Study 4 – Effects of Cannabis on Cognitive Function in Patients … (link)
Study 5 – Randomized Placebo-Controlled Double-Blind Clinical … (link)
Medical Cannabis May Improve Quality of Life in Fibromyalgia Patients
Source: PLoS One. 2011; 6(4): e18440. (link)
Tags: Fibromyalgia, Marijuana, Pain
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