Medical Marijuana: Low THC Sufficient For Neuropathic Pain
Caitlyn Fitzpatrick writing in MD reported study results on the analgesic effect of cannabis have been mixed over the years. However, many states allow prescriptions for medical marijuana for a variety of health conditions, including pain. A recent study published in The Journal of Pain looked at the effect of marijuana treatment on neuropathic pain.
A team of researchers based in California conducted eight-hour human analyses to determine pain level outcomes with the use of vaporized cannabis. The cohort included 42 patients with neuropathic pain related to an injury or disease of the spinal cord. Although most of the participants were also on a traditional treatment, they were still experiencing pain.
The patients were randomized to take four puffs of vaporized cannabis that contained either placebo, 2.9%, or 6.7% delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Three hours later, the participants took another four to eight puffs – the number of puffs was decided by the patient in order to reduce the placebo effect.
An 11-point numerical pain intensity rating scale showed that the vaporized cannabis produced a significant analgesic response.
Two of the highlighted findings included:
There was significantly more pain relief with active cannabis than placebo.
The two active doses did not have significantly different outcomes when it came to analgesic potency.
Comment: Hmmm. Pot appears to work, I guess.
Got a kid or grandkid playing soccer, here’s some news…
Study Reveals Increase In Soccer-Related Injuries, Concussions
Lindsey Tanner writing for the AP reported research has found an increase in soccer-related injuries among kids in the US being sent to emergency departments. The trend is “driven in part by young players with concussions seeking urgent medical care.” The findings were based on 25 years of data and found that the overall rate of injuries has “more than doubled to 220 per 10,000 players in 2013, from 106 per 10,000 players in 1990.”
Comment: One of my sons when he was playing soccer had 2 concussions. This is a serious issue.
A really frightening statistic… next
More American Adults Used Prescription Pain Medications Than Tobacco Products Last Year, Report Shows
Christopher Ingraham writing in the Washington Post reported more American adults used prescription pain medications than tobacco products last year, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The report found that 38 percent of US adults used prescription pain medications last year.
Comment: Prescription pain killer drugs are the perilous road to opioid addiction.
A look at what type of lifestyle habits can play a role in triggering inflammation.
Omega 3’s…how helpful are they… more than you think
Omega-3 Fatty Acids From Fish Oil May Help Heart Attack Patients Recover
Amy Kraft reporting for CBS News pointed to new research indicating that “omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil may help heart attack patients recover by improving heart function and reducing scarring in the heart muscle.” The research “involved 360 patients who received either 4 grams of omega-3 fatty acids or a placebo daily for six months after their heart attack.” Investigators “used MRI scans to evaluate their hearts before and after.”
Comment: I already take them and will continue to do so.