Cannabis shows no benefit for chronic pain, major study finds

Stuff co.nz 5 July 2018
Family First Comment: “Cannabis has proven medical benefits in treating drug-resistant epilepsy in children, chemotherapy-induced nausea and multiple sclerosis. Treatment of chronic pain was considered another promising area – BUT the study, published in Lancet Public Health on Tuesday, may deflate hopes.” #factsmatter
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Cannabis’ medical benefits have suffered a serious blow, with a major study finding it does almost nothing to help people with chronic pain.

The study, one of the largest and most in depth ever done on the drug’s medical use, found cannabis does not cut pain, nor does it help sufferers replace opioids. And users seem to suffer higher levels of anxiety overall.

Cannabis has proven medical benefits in treating drug-resistant epilepsy in children, chemotherapy-induced nausea and multiple sclerosis.

Treatment of chronic pain was considered another promising area – but the study, published in Lancet Public Health on Tuesday, may deflate hopes.

“We found no evidence that cannabis use improved patient outcomes,” the researchers wrote in Lancet.

The study raises questions for several stakeholders including political leaders such as premier of the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, who have thrown their weight behind legalising the drug, and Australia’s medical cannabis entrepreneurs, who have already made sharemarket fortunes before getting a drug to market.
READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/105257599/cannabis-shows-no-benefit-for-chronic-pain-major-study-finds

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