Medical Marijuana Will Not Greatly Benefit Chronic Pain Patients, Says Report

Latest clinical guidelines regarding the use of medical cannabis as a treatment for patients with chronic pain has revealed that while it may be helpful for some patients, it is not likely to bring relief to most patients suffering from chronic pain. These guidelines were published in the BMJ journal.

These guidelines were drafted by a group of researchers, who went through more than three dozen medical cannabis cases and came to the conclusion that there is not enough evidence for the claim that medical marijuana can help patients having chronic pain. The researchers are of the opinion that medical marijuana should not be recommended as treatment for chronic pain patients.

Lead author Jason Busse, associate director of McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research in Ontario, the main author of the study, said, "Medical cannabis is not likely to be a panacea. It is not likely to work for the majority of individuals who live with chronic pain. We do have evidence that it does appear to provide important benefits for a minority of individuals."

Researchers added that the overall evidence for using cannabis for medical purposes shows that the benefits are moderate and not that many.

Even as marijuana has been legalized in 36 states and Washington, D.C. for medical purposes, doctors and patients have very less knowledge as to when it is the correct time to use, especially for chronic pain. The research team specially analyzed those concerns but found less material, which met their requirements as federal restrictions make medical research of cannabis very difficult.

In studying the available data, the research team found that only few people reported significant difference in chronic pain or physical activity after consuming oral or topical cannabis treatments.

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