Medical Marijuana Proven to be Effective for Pain
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 12/13/2010 in Medical Marijuana Research
Since 1970, medical marijuana has been classified by the federal government as a Schedule I drug—which means it has no known medical use. Perhaps the government officials in charge of drug scheduling should take a look at research from University of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research.
The research firm, which is dedicated to conducting high quality scientific studies intended to ascertain the general medical safety and efficacy of cannabis, presented a report earlier this year to the state Legislature that concludes marijuana without a doubt has a therapeutic value in treating pain.
The report concludes that five studies, published in peer-reviewed medical journals, show the value of marijuana for pain-related conditions. The studies focused on illnesses where current medical treatment does not provide adequate relief or coverage of symptoms Here’s what the studies found:
- A study published in the journal Neurology found that smoked cannabis reduced pain in HIV patients.
- A different study published in Neuropsychopharmacology also found that medical marijuana provides pain relief in HIV patients.
- A study published in Journal of Pain found that marijuana helped reduce pain in people suffering spinal cord injury and other conditions.
- A study published in Anesthesiology found that medium doses of marijuana can reduce pain perception.
- A study published in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics found that vaporized marijuana can be safe and patients preferred it to smoking.
These studies are a only handful of the countless studies that prove the effectiveness and safety of medical marijuana. It is erroneous to say the least that the government still considers marijuana to have no medical uses. It is clearly an effective medicine that should be available to patients everywhere.