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VA Studies Find Medical Pot Good for Nerve Pain · High Times

VA Studies Find Medical Pot Good for Nerve Pain.

  • A recent research review found that medical marijuana may be effective at reducing chronic nerve pain, known as neuropathy, common among diabetes sufferers.
  • In the second research review, both of which were commissioned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, researchers came up with less evidence that cannabis helps treat other types of pain or the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • The authors of the studies also decried the fact that there has not been enough high-quality research to produce conclusive evidence of the benefits or harms of cannabis for pain or PTSD.
  • Earlier this year, the National Academy of Sciences released a report saying there is “conclusive” or “substantial scientific evidence” that marijuana is effective for treating chronic pain, calming muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and easing nausea from chemotherapy.
  • “But until the time that federal law changes, we are not able to be able to prescribe medical marijuana for conditions that may be helpful” – – Although the VA commissioned the two studies, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, Curt Cashour, press secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs,…

A recent research review found that medical marijuana may be effective at reducing chronic nerve pain, known as neuropathy, common among diabetes sufferers.

A recent research review found that medical marijuana may be effective at reducing chronic nerve pain, known as neuropathy, common among diabetes sufferers.

Dr. Sachin Patel of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital in Nashville said the findings on MMJ and neuropathy “fit generally well with what we know.”

In the second research review, both of which were commissioned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, researchers came up with less evidence that cannabis helps treat other types of pain or the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“That doesn’t mean that it’s not, it just means we don’t have that evidence right now,” said Patel.

The authors of the studies also decried the fact that there has not been enough high-quality research to produce conclusive evidence of the benefits or harms of cannabis for pain or PTSD.

There’s no way to come to conclusions based on the few studies currently available. But “several ongoing studies may soon provide important results,” the authors of the study wrote.

“The current studies highlight the real and urgent need for high-quality clinical trials in both of these areas,” Patel told Business Insider. “If cannabis is being considered for medical use, it should certainly be, after all, well-established treatments have failed.”

Earlier this year, the National Academy of Sciences released a report saying…

VA Studies Find Medical Pot Good for Nerve Pain · High Times

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