UCSD report: Marijuana found to have value in pain treatment
Researchers at the University of California’s San Diego-based Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research presented a report to the state Legislature Wednesday that concludes marijuana has a therapeutic value in treating pain.
Following five clinical trials, the researchers found there is “reasonable evidence that cannabis is a promising treatment” for some
specific, pain-related medical conditions.
“We focused on illnesses where current medical treatment does not
provide adequate relief or coverage of symptoms,” said Dr. Igor Grant, the center’s director and executive vice chair of UCSD’s Department of Psychiatry.
“These findings provide a strong, science-based context in which
policymakers and the public can begin discussing the place of cannabis in medical care,” Grant said.
The 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.
The center was established in 2000 to conduct clinical and pre-clinical trials of cannabinoids in an effort to answer the question “does marijuana have therapeutic value?”
With the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996, it became legal in
California for seriously ill patients under the supervision of a physician to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes.