View Full Version : Medical pot cuts pain, study finds


bronc
02-15-2007, 02:31 PM
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/02/13/BAG4DO3NRK1.DTL

What is interesting about this article is where they say the US Government is against using marijuana since there is NO scientific evidence that it helps. At the same time, the US Government has BLOCKED any and all scientific research into it. Nice huh? Well this was the first experiment of it's kind and it turned out like the pro-medical people knew it would.


Medical pot cuts pain, study finds (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/02/13/BAG4DO3NRK1.DTL)

First rigorous research looked at HIV patients

Sabin Russell, Chronicle Medical Writer
Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Doctors at San Francisco General Hospital reported Monday that HIV-infected patients suffering from a painful nerve condition in their hands or feet obtained substantial relief by smoking small amounts of marijuana in a carefully constructed study funded by the state of California.

Although the study was small, it is the first of its kind to measure the therapeutic effects of marijuana smoking while meeting the most rigorous requirements for scientific proof -- a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial.

As such, the results of the trial are being hailed by medical marijuana advocates as the most solid proof to date that smoking the herb can be beneficial to patients who might otherwise require opiates or other powerful painkillers to cope with a condition known as peripheral neuropathy.

The federal government has taken a hard line against marijuana use for medical purposes, maintaining that smoking it is harmful and that there is no scientific evidence to support its legitimacy for treatment in the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 ruled that medical marijuana patients can be prosecuted by the government, even in states like California where medical use has been legalized.

"It's time to wake up and smell the data," said Bruce Mirken, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, a group advocating the legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. "The claim that the government keeps making that marijuana is not a safe or effective medicine doesn't have a leg to stand on."

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At least half the volunteers who smoked the active marijuana experienced a 72 percent reduction in pain after their first cigarette on the first day of the trial. Over five days, the median reduction in pain reported by the marijuana smokers was 34 percent, compared with 17 percent reported by those who smoked placebo cigarettes that had the active ingredient THC removed in a process akin to decaffeinating coffee.

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krummy
02-28-2007, 11:29 AM
Well as long as we allow the minority to rule the majority we will sit back like blind mice and just let it continue to tread on us.