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|Asunto:||[LEA-Venezuela] Marihuana alivia el dolor neuropático !!!|
|Fecha:||Martes, 8 de Julio, 2008 03:11:16 (-0700)|
|Autor:||Euro Murzi <murzie @...ve>
Marijuana Relieves Neuropathic Pain
According to New Study
University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research has
supported a study to determine if medicinal use of marijuana provides
relief of neuropathic
Many patients use “medical marijuana” exactly for this purpose, but to
date, the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) have found no studies to support its use.
study adds to a growing body of evidence that cannabis may be effective
at ameliorating neuropathic pain and may be an alternative for patients
who do not respond to or cannot tolerate other drugs," according to
lead author Barth Wilsey, MD, from the VA Northern California Health
Care System and the University of California, Davis Medical Center.
The researchers investigated smoked cannabis in a double-blind
crossover study that compared the effects of cannabis to placebo.
Thirty eight patients with central
and peripheral neuropathy
smoked either high dose(7%), or low dose(3.5%) or placebo cannabis,
using a standardized procedure. Pain relief was obtained at each dose
level, with both concentrations of THC, indicating that pain relief is
obtainable with lower doses.
The patients then completed the “pain unpleasantness” rating tool, a
validated scale used widely to assist patients with chronic pain. The
results showed that “cannabis reduced pain intensity and unpleasantness
equally. Thus, as with opioids, cannabis does not rely on a relaxing or
tranquilizing effect (eg, anxiolysis) but rather reduces both the core
component of nociception and the emotional aspect of the pain
experience to an equal degree." Evoked pain remained unchanged, a
finding that the authors found surprising, and without “apparent
To alleviate the ill effects of smoking - another documented concern -
alternative methods of use are anticipated, using a recently developed
vaporization technique that releases cannanbinoids without the toxins.