Medicinal cannabis may help relieve neuropathic pain among HIV patientsAugust 7th, 2008 - 2:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 7 (ANI): A team of researchers in the U.S. has found medicinal cannabis, also known as marijuana, to be effective in relieving the neuropathic pain which is associated with HIV.
Dr. Ronald J. Ellis, Associate Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has revealed that the study looked at 28 HIV patients with neuropathic pain not adequately controlled by other pain-relievers, including opiates.
Reporting the study in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, the researchers have revealed that the proportion of subjects achieving pain reduction of 30 percent or more was greater for those smoking cannabis than those smoking the placebo.
“Neuropathy is a chronic and significant problem in HIV patients as there are few existing treatments that offer adequate pain management to sufferers. We found that smoked cannabis was generally well-tolerated and effective when added to the patient’’s existing pain medication, resulting in increased pain relief,” Ellis said.
Overall, the research was carried out in five study phases over seven weeks.
During two five-day phases, randomly selected participants smoked either cannabis or placebo cigarettes made from whole plant material with cannabinoids (the psychoactive compound found in marijuana) removed, both provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Standardized tests measuring analgesia (lessened pain sensation), improvement in function and relief of pain-associated emotional distress were used to see the outcome.
Ellis said that cannabis was found to be associated with an average reduction of pain intensity from ‘’strong” ”to mild-to-moderate” in cannabis smokers.
The researcher further said that cannabis was also associated with a sizeable (46% versus 18% for placebo) proportion of patients reporting clinically meaningful pain relief.
The study’’s findings are consistent with and extend other recent research supporting the short-term efficacy of cannabis for neuropathic pain, also sponsored by the CMCR.
“This study adds to a growing body of evidence that indicates that cannabis is effective, in the short-term at least, in the management of neuropathic pain,” said Dr. Igor Grant, professor of psychiatry and director of the CMCR. (ANI)
- Pot Might Act As Chronic Pain Reliever, Study Says - Sep 07, 2010
- Smoked cannabis relieves chronic pain - Aug 30, 2010
- Marijuana has therapeutic effects: Study - Feb 18, 2010
- Pot Smoking Shown to Relieve Chronic Pain Relief - Sep 01, 2010
- Novel gene therapy for cancer pain proves successful in small trial - Apr 12, 2011
- Prescription marijuana without memory loss on horizon - Mar 03, 2012
- Marijuana derivative may ease neuropathic pain sans side effects - Jul 02, 2010
- Over an hour of meditation reduces pain - Apr 06, 2011
- Placebos can work both ways - Feb 28, 2011
- How meditation reduces pain - Apr 06, 2011
- Marijuana use may hurt thinking skills in MS patients - Mar 29, 2011
- Rifaximin may help ease irritable bowel syndrome symptoms - Jan 06, 2011
- Electrical stimulation produces pain-reducing effects in humans - Nov 04, 2010
- Placebos work - even if patients know they are fake - Dec 23, 2010
- Electrical nerve stimulation may relieve neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury - Sep 12, 2009
Tags: adequate pain management, california san diego, cannabis smokers, dr ronald, emotional distress, hiv patients, medicinal cannabis, national institute on drug abuse, neurosciences, opiates, pain intensity, pain medication, pain relievers, pain sensation, plant material, psychoactive compound, seven weeks, smoked cannabis, standardized tests, university of california san diego