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Smoking Marijuana Could Ease MS Pain

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A new study from researchers at the University of California, San Diego, found smoking marijuana could have ease pain experienced by multiple sclerosis patients from muscle spasticity.

In a new report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers expanded on the new use for the common cancer, AIDS and glaucoma treatment.

Researchers furnished a pool of 37 participants with either medical marijuana or placebo cigarettes for three days. Each participant smoked one cigarette a day, with an average of four puffs per cigarette. After the trial period those who used the marijuana reported a significantly higher decrease in pain.

"Smoked cannabis was superior to placebo in symptom and pain reduction in participants with treatment-resistant spasticity. Future studies should examine whether different doses can result in similar beneficial effects with less cognitive impact," the report summarized.

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