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UC San Diego studies show marijuana offers therapeutic value for some pain syndromes, as reported to CA Legislature

  [ 46 votes ]   [ 3 Comments ] • February 21, 2010

First results in United States in 20 years from clinical trials of smoked cannabis

Researchers from the University of California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) have found "reasonable evidence that cannabis is a promising treatment" for some specific, pain-related medical conditions. Their findings, presented Feb 17 to the California Legislature and public, are included in a report available on the CMCR web site at

"We focused on illnesses where current medical treatment does not provide adequate relief or coverage of symptoms," explained CMCR director, Igor Grant, MD, Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine. "These findings provide a strong, science-based context in which policy makers and the public can begin discussing the place of cannabis in medical care."

Researchers have completed five scientific clinical trials, with more in progress.

These studies showed that cannabis can be helpful in easing pain in selected syndromes caused by injury or diseases of the nervous system and possibly for painful muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis.

"These scientists created an unparalleled program of systematic research, focused on science-based answers rather than political or social beliefs," said Senator John Vasconcellos, original author of The Medical Marijuana Research Act of 1999 (SB847) which led to the creation of the CMCR.

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Study results have been published in high-impact medical journals, garnering national and international attention which prompted leading experts to come together and foster scientific dialog on the possible uses of cannabis as a therapeutic agent. More study will be necessary to figure out the mechanisms of action and the full therapeutic potential of cannabinoid compounds, according to the UC researchers.

About The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research:
The CMCR was created in 2000 (through the passage of SB847) to conduct clinical and pre-clinical trials of cannabinoids, including smoked marijuana, to provide evidence, one way or the other, to answer the question "Does marijuana have therapeutic value?" The program's purpose is to oversee objective, high-quality, medical research that would enhance understanding of the efficacy and adverse effects of marijuana as a pharmacological agent. The project was never to be construed as encouraging or sanctioning the social or recreational use of marijuana.


Source: University of California, San Diego news release Feb 17, 2010

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Posted by: annhasfibro
Feb 23, 2010
well all i can say is they are so very right it does help alot for people with fibro and other pain syndromes.. but tell me how the heck u are supposed to go to ur doctor and tell them this works for you when they test for it and can banish you from there practice for having it in your system!!! makes no sense to me it works but you cant smoke it because it's against the rules so to speak....oh and illegal too, so what do he people who need the extra relief do.i cant see myself telling my doctor oh by the way smoking weed helps me so very much,and can u right me out a script for it..yeah right doctors these days i think dont really care what helps us,as long as they get payed each and every month...thats my opinion though..BUT IT DOES HELP WITH PAIN, AND MOBILITY, RELAXATION...ect...GOD PUT IT ON THIS EARTH FOR MEDICAL REASONS,TO BAD MOST DOCTORS DON'T BELIEVE THIS IS TRUE AND IT WORKS TOO.TO BAD IT CANT BE USED BY ALL FOR WHAT IT WAS MENT FOR IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY.AND NO I DONT DO IT,BUT I WOULD IF MY DOCTOR WOULD OK IT...
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Posted by: jojo666
Feb 23, 2010
Hi i tick that u r rite ans i am going to try it But i need to find it first lol my pain is bab to day good day sorry for my reathing i im french jojo
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How could I be so stupid?
Posted by: Rubum
Feb 24, 2010
I've been a pot addict for almost 40 years. I live in California where it's legal to use it for pain and I have a prescription. I stopped using pot 4 years ago to see if it may be having a negative affect on my Fibromyalgia that I've had for 25 years. I can't believe how much better I feel now. How could I have been so stupid for all those years? I knew that for every up there is an equal and opposite down side. The down side of cannabis is not well understood because it takes almost two months for the withdrawals and side effects to subside and three months for the addiction to go away. That's well beyond the time-frame of the UC San Diego studies.
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