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    Cannabis may relieve chronic nerve pain

    Smoking cannabis from a pipe can significantly reduce chronic pain in patients with damaged nerves, a study suggests.

    A small study of 23 people also showed improvements with sleep and anxiety.

    Writing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the researchers said larger studies using inhaler-type devices for cannabis were needed.

    UK experts said the pain relief seen was small but potentially important, and more investigation was warranted.

    Around 1 to 2% of people have chronic neuropathic pain - pain due to problems with signalling between nerves - but effective treatments are lacking.

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    To our knowledge, this is the first outpatient clinical trial of smoked cannabis ever reported”

    Dr Mark Ware
    Study leader
    Some patients with this type of chronic pain say smoking cannabis helps with their symptoms.

    And researchers have been investigating whether taking cannabinoids - the chemicals within cannabis that effect pain - in pill form could have the same effect.

    But the team from McGill University in Montreal said clinical trials on smoked cannabis were lacking.

    Potency
    The study used three different potencies of cannabis - containing 2.5%, 6% and 9.4% of the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol - as well as a placebo (dummy version).

    Under nurse supervision, participants inhaled a single 25mg dose through a pipe three times a day for five days followed by nine days off, for four cycles.

    Those given the highest dose had significantly reduced average pain compared with the placebo as well as less anxiety and depression, and better sleep.

    Study leader Dr Mark Ware said: "To our knowledge, this is the first outpatient clinical trial of smoked cannabis ever reported."

    He said larger more long-term studies with higher potencies of cannabis were needed to further test the findings and to better assess safety.

    Clinical trials using inhaler-type devices for delivering measured amounts of cannabis should be carried out, he added.

    'Encouraging'
    Professor Tony Dickenson, an expert in pain medicine at University College London, said a lot of patients with this type of pain say they benefit from cannabis but there were clearly health issues associated with self-medicating in this way.

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    He also said the pain relief seen was quite small but could make an important difference to patients who often suffer sleeplessness and depression because of their condition.

    It was also worth investigating whether inhaling the drug was a more effective way of getting it into the body than taking it orally, he added.

    "It may be important in the future to find patients who respond particularly well because it may be that it is not suitable for some groups, such as older patients," he said.

    "They didn't get as many patients in the trial as they wanted and it shows that this sort of research is very difficult to do."

    Dr Peter Shortland, a senior lecturer in neuroscience at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, said: "Importantly, smoking the drug did not produce the psychoactive effects commonly associated with full strength cannabis."

    He added the trial was "an encouraging step forward" but further large-scale clinical trials were warranted.

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    hope it goes forward for anyone it helps, doesn't do jack for me pain wise
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    Banana Kush

    Supposedly it helps with peripheral neuropathy.

    It's a cross between an unusually high yielding version of OG Kush you probably know called "Tripple OG" (2 p's) and Sensi Seeds Banana which was out for only one catalog year. (XXX-OG x Banana)

    give it a try
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    I heard from a friend (wink wink) that all it did was make the neuro pain in his legs very cold instead of very hot
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    Yeah, my friend gets more intense tingling in his lower extremities and gets wayyy too paranoid.

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    My friend has a card and grows the stuff
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    I have severe burning pain in my butt. When bad it feels like i am sitting on a grill. It is not as bad now, but when it was in the past I used to smoke a small amount every two weeks and the pain would only be a 1-3. Very effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macska View Post
    Supposedly it helps with peripheral neuropathy.

    It's a cross between an unusually high yielding version of OG Kush you probably know called "Tripple OG" (2 p's) and Sensi Seeds Banana which was out for only one catalog year. (XXX-OG x Banana)

    give it a try
    I'd love to see some serious research on different strains of MJ, but right now it's hard enough to get them on ANY variety of the natural stuff. Too many politicians and bureaucrats practicing medicine with their stuck-in-the-mud idealogy that it's evil stuff.

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    Spinal injury pain relief drug found

    from http://www.seriousinjurylaw.co.uk/ne...drug-found.php
    21 September 2010
    Spinal injury patients suffering from chronic pain may have a marijuana-like painkiller available to them.

    Anandamide is already in people's bodies and scientists have found a new compound that allows this natural analgesic to control pain at the site of an injury.

    The study suggests that such compounds could form the basis of future pain medications that do not produce sedation, addiction or other side effects to the central nervous system.

    "Marijuana itself is sometimes used in clinical settings for pain relief but causes many unwanted effects," explained lead author Daniele Piomelli, director of the Centre for Drug Discovery at the University of California, Irvine.

    "However, specific drugs that amplify the actions of natural, marijuana-like chemicals are showing great promise."

    A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that mild doses of cannabis taken regularly can reduce the intensity of symptoms and improve sleep in patients suffering from chronic pain.

    Posted by John Sherrington

    News brought to you by Serious Law specialists in spinal injury

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Berg View Post
    I'd love to see some serious research on different strains of MJ, but right now it's hard enough to get them on ANY variety of the natural stuff. Too many politicians and bureaucrats practicing medicine with their stuck-in-the-mud idealogy that it's evil stuff.
    I know. Hopefully some day soon, we can decide, not some douche what is best for us.
    Until then, the "land of the free" is not so free I guess.
    My mouth is like a magician's hat, never know what might come out of it.

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