Evidence Supports Medical Pot for Some Conditions, Not Others

August 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Featured, Research

Dennis Thompson reports:

Medical marijuana can be useful in treating chronic pain, but may be less effective for other conditions, a new analysis reveals.

A review of nearly 80 clinical trials involving medical marijuana or marijuana-derived drugs revealed moderately strong evidence to support their use in treating chronic pain, says a report published June 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The evidence also showed that the medications could help multiple sclerosis patients who suffer from spasticity, which involves sustained muscle contractions or sudden involuntary movements.

But the review found weaker support for the drugs’ use in treating sleep disorders; nausea or vomiting related to chemotherapy; for producing weight gain in people with HIV; or for reducing symptoms of Tourette syndrome, a nervous system disorder characterized by repetitive movements or sounds.

Read more on HealthDay.

More – and better – research is needed on the potential efficacy of medical marijuana. I’ve had a number of patients tell me that marijuana decreases their Tourette’s symptoms, but it’s not clear if the tics are actually decreasing or if the patients are just less aware of the tics or just less concerned about them.

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