Review: Cannabinoids Reasonable Option For Chronic Pain Treatment

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Photo Credit: NORML

A recent review of clinical trials published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia explains cannabinoids are not only safe, but also effective in the treatment of chronic pain conditions. Looking at 26 clinical trials involving 1,364 subjects, researchers from the University of Montreal's Department of Anesthesiology determined cannabinoids effectively alleviated pain from neuropathy, musculoskeletal disorders, fibromyalgia, HIV, and other chronic pain conditions. The trials assessed pain management with the use of various cannabinoid preparations, whether it be with herbal cannabis, cannabis extracts, or synthetic cannabinoid agents. Similar to previous reviews, the authors wrote, "Overall, the recent literature supports the idea that currently available cannabinoids are modestly effective analgesics that provide a safe, reasonable therapeutic option for managing chronic non-cancer related pain and possibly cancer-related pain." 

This information has been provided by NORML and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. You can also find an abstract of this review here