Study: Cannabis Dosing Influences Pain Sensitivity

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Data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence has determined cannabis inhalation influences one's sensitivity to pain. Investigators from the Columbia UniversityMedical Center in New York looked compared cannabis to placebo in subjects exposed to a laboratory-induced pain model where participants placed their hands in frigid water for as long as they could bare. Cannabis effectively decreased pain sensitivity and increased pain tolerance in men, but had less of an effect in women. This information has been discussed in a previous post, but we will now expand on this study by noting the importance of taking these differences into consideration when it comes to cannabis dosing. Authors of the study say, "sex dependent differences in cannabis’s analgesic effects are an important consideration that warrants further investigation when considering the potential therapeutic effects of cannabinoids for pain relief.”

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