Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
A Harvard study recently published in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology suggests that cannabis can be an effective treatment option for chronic pain sufferers.
The findings arrive after recent statements from the International Association for the Study of Pain and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists that saw neither organization back the use of cannabis to treat chronic pain due to a lack of clinical trials.
The Harvard study sought to answer whether long-term medical cannabis use could alleviate symptoms associated with chronic pain.
Thirty-seven patients took part in the study, which was conducted by the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital in Boston, reports Pain News Network.
The patients, whose conditions included arthritis, joint pain and neuropathy, were monitored prior to the initiation of medical cannabis treatment, with follow-ups at the three and six-month marks. The patients were not regular cannabis consumers and used vaporizers, edibles, oils and other ingestion methods.
In addition to pain levels, clinical state, sleep, general quality of life and conventional medication use were all assessed.