Is Marijuana Medicinal? New Study Confirms the Truth
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 02/25/2010 in Medical Marijuana Research
There has long since been anecdotal evidence that medical marijuana (better known as medical cannabis, medical pot or medical weed) helps relieve the symptoms of countless ailments, including chronic pain, cancer, migraine headaches, anxiety and arthritis. And researchers in the 1970s showed that there are many medical uses of marijuana such as supplying pain relief and simulating the appetite for HIV/AIDS patients, or curbing nausea in chemotherapy patients. But because the federal government has since hindered scientific research on the benefits of medical marijuana, there haven’t been any significant research findings in America in two decades. Until now.
Researchers from the University of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) in San Diego have recently found “reasonable evidence that cannabis is a promising treatment” for some pain-related medical conditions. The CMCR was formed to conduct scientific research on the medicinal benefits of marijuana shortly after the state of California passed the Medical Marijuana Research Act in 1999.
The report includes five scientific, clinical trials conducted by CMCR researchers which show that:
- Cannabis can be helpful in easing pain in selected syndromes caused by injury
- Cannabis helps relieve pain caused by diseases of the nervous system
- Cannabis is possibly helpful in easing pain from painful muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis
CMCR researchers presented their findings last week to the California Legislature and also released them to the public. There are more trials currently in progress—surely with even more findings that will eliminate the question: “Is marijuana medicinal?”
Read the entire CMCR report here.