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The journal of Plants (Basel) reported on a review of neuropathic pain and its potential alleviation due to cannabinoids. This study specifically investigated cannabinoid administration routes other than oral or inhaled. As the research into the treatment of neuropathic pain grows along with its...

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A patient asks you if medical marijuana would help with their rheumatic pain. What do you say? In a literature review published in Current Rheumatology Reports, researchers explored the efficacy of medical marijuana for the pain of rheumatic diseases. The study states, “Observational and survey...

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In an effort to uncover empirical evidence, the National Football League is funding a trial on the efficacy of cannabis. Many professional athletes claim cannabis lessens pain after a game and accelerates recovery, but does it? Via testing and monitoring, the NFL hopes to determine the value, and...

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Researchers in an article published in this month’s BMJ ask, does medical cannabis relieve cancer or noncancer related chronic pain? They examined at around 30 trials with over 5100 patients given oral or topical medical cannabis. Results compared with placebo:

  • Noninhaled medical cannabis led to...

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Who is more likely to use cannabis for pain? A study in the journal of Cancer states its findings that, within the past year, 8% of cancer survivors reported using cannabis vs 15% of people without cancer. All those surveyed, whether cancer survivors or not, were more likely to use cannabis if they...

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In a first of its kind clinical—and randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled—trial, migraine sufferers will be given, via a vaporizer, CBD, THC, CBD and THC, and a placebo for 4 separate migraine attacks. Participants, ages 21 to 65, will self-administer as early as possible at the start of a...

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A trial highlighted in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology looks at the analgesic effects of cannabidiol. While people may take CBD for pain relief, “no experimental pain research has tested the analgesic effects” in humans. Researchers experimentally tested CBD’s effects on...

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The current landscape of pain management is shifting. There’s a huge reaction to opioids and the negative impact they’ve had on many people’s lives. Alongside that, there’s a rise in the interest in cannabinoids. Might the legalization of marijuana ultimately reduce opioid deaths? How can pain...

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Gary Jay, MD, FAAPM, a clinical professor at the University of North Carolina, discusses the all-time high interest in cannabinoids. Does this interest impact the perceived opioid crisis? Do we know enough about CBD and THC to make decisions? What are the facts? What about edibles for headaches?

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In an online edition of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, the Perioperative Pain and Addiction Interdisciplinary Networkor PAINoutlined recommendations for patients who use cannabis. The regulation and use of marijuana products is constantly evolving. Cannabis use can alter perioperative...

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