Millions of cannabis users know how well it works when it comes to treating pain. They feel it every day. The relief, whether it’s stomach pain, back pain, neck pain or some of the dozens of other types of pain humans go through, can be immense.
But for the politicians who don’t consume cannabis and yet have power over its legality, more is needed than millions of testimonials. They want studies! More and more studies!
Those who favor cannabis legalization are fine with studies. The more research, the better. We must learn everything there is to know about marijuana. We have no fear of the truth.
And of course there have been many studies done on cannabis already, including studies that show how well it treats chronic pain. A new review of several studies was recently published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.
The researchers from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, looked at the results from 11 randomized, placebo-controlled trials that were conducted between 2010 and 2014. The reviewers had good things to say about cannabis and pain treatment.
“The quality of the trials was excellent. Seven of the trials demonstrated a significant analgesic effect. Several trials also demonstrated improvement in secondary outcomes (e.g., sleep, muscle stiffness and spasticity).”
A review of 18 studies published in 2011 had much the same to say: “The majority (15 trials) demonstrated a significant analgesic effect for the cannabinoid agent being investigated.”
Of course, much like other medicines, how well cannabis works depends on the type of pain and the type of cannabis. But it cannot be denied that it is at least moderately effective for many different kinds of pain, and undoubtedly safer than many of the pain pills prescribed by doctors.
There is a better way to treat pain, and it’s been around for thousands of years.