Marijuana Helps in Relieving Neuropathic Pain, Says Study

Marijuana Helps in Relieving Neuropathic Pain, Says Study

A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that the use of medical marijuana relieves one of chronic pain, ensures comfortable sleep and eases anxiety level. The findings were generated by the researchers of Canada.

Henry McQuay, Professor at University of Oxford, said, “The current trial adds to the trickle of evidence that cannabis may help some of the patients who are struggling at present”.

In the study, the researchers included 21 male and female candidates suffering from neuropathic pain (that is caused after the cutting of nerve during surgery) for at least three months. The participants were experimentally given three different doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a herbal cannabis in the proportion of 9.4%, 6% and 2.5%.

The participants were studied for two months and they along with their medications puffed marijuana for three times a day for five days for each of the doses and the placebo. They were asked to rate their pain on the scale of 10, the mark 1 for the least pain. It was found that the highest dose of 9.4% relieved the pain of most of the patients and the ratings came down to 5.4. But, some side effects were associated with the same, which included headache, dry eyes, numbness, cough and a burning sensation in the area with pain.

Also, McQuay recommended further investigation into the pain-relieving ability of marijuana, which could prove beneficial for many.