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German Study: Cannabis-Based Medications Relieve Pain

Posted on  August 09, 2012 by  News Admin

  Many Cannabis Patients Can Drive Motor Vehicles Safely While Medicated, According To Study Cannabis-based medications have been demonstrated to relieve pain, and can be useful for patients whose symptoms aren't adequately alleviated by conventional treatment, according to a paper in a peer-reviewed German medical journal. The symptoms shown to have been alleviated by marijuana-based medicines include muscle spasms, nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy, loss of appetite in HIV/AIDS patients, and neuropathic pain, according to the paper, published in Issue 29-30 of Deutsches Arzteblatt International, the German Medical Association's official international peer-reviewed science journal, reports Science Daily. "Medications based on cannabis have been used for therapeutic purposes in many cultures for centuries," the paper notes. "In Europe, they were used at the end of the 19th century to treat pain, spasms, asthma, sleep disorders, depression, and loss of appetite." "In the first half of the 20th century cannabinoid medications fell into almost complete disuse, partly because scientists were unable to establish the chemical structure of the ingredients of the cannabis plant," the paper notes. (Don't forget that the legal strictures on marijuana research in the United States were also a major factor.) That all changed in 1964 with the discovery of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive ingredient of cannabis, followed by the discovery of the body's own cannabinoid system with specific receptors. This sparked the beginning of intensive research into the function of the endocannabinoid system and the the clinical usefulness of marijuana-based medications. The medicinal effects of various cannabis-based...