CANNABIS DRUG CUTS ARTHRITIS PAIN

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  1. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member Administrator

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    CANNABIS DRUG CUTS ARTHRITIS PAIN

    A drug made from an extract of cannabis has helped to reduce the pain
    caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

    The drug, Sativex, has been developed by GW Pharmaceuticals, which is
    assessing the medical benefits of cannabis under a UK government licence.

    Tests of a spray form of the drug on 58 arthritis patients showed it helped
    reduce pain, and improve quality of sleep.

    Few people showed signs of side effects, the company said.

    GW Pharmaceuticals has previously carried out trials showing that Sativex
    can reduce the pain associated with multiple sclerosis.

    Dr Philip Robson, director of GW's Cannabinoid Research Institute, said:
    "These results are particularly exciting because this is the first ever
    controlled clinical trial of a cannabis-based medicine in the treatment of
    arthritis.

    "To date, GW's research has concentrated on multiple sclerosis and
    neuropathic pain and it is therefore very encouraging to see these positive
    effects of Sativex on pain and other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

    "This exploratory trial provides further strong support to our belief that
    cannabis-based medicines may offer therapeutic potential across a range of
    medical conditions."

    The research will now focus on the most effective dose to give patients.

    Big help

    The study was welcomed by the Arthritis Research Campaign.

    A spokeswoman said: "It's not going to cure the disease, but it will do a
    lot to alleviate the pain and suffering of people with rheumatoid arthritis.

    "Cannabis is probably less harmful than other available painkillers.

    "This idea that people with rheumatoid arthritis will be sitting around
    smoking joints and getting high is quite wrong; cannabis-based pain killers
    should be taken very seriously."

    Arthritis Research Campaign scientists have previously carried out studies
    which showed that cannabidiol - a natural constituent of cannabis that has
    no mind-altering effects in its purified form - can ease the effects of
    collagen-induced arthritis in mice.

    GW cultivates some 40,000 cannabis plants a year at a secret location in
    the English countryside.

    The government has already said it would grant permission for the use of
    cannabis-based medications if trials produced positive results.
     
  2. ShadyMilkman

    ShadyMilkman Mercury Member

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    That's great. It good to see these synthetic drugs coming out and making politcal moves for cannabis in general, just like Marinol and the others.



    What do you guys think will happen though if the synthetic drugs hit the streets?
     
  3. manda

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    People would still burn weed the most, for the look, the taste, the smell, the high and the fellowship. It's been going on since the beginning of time and no synthetic drug could ever be a substitute for it.
     
  4. GNCSUX

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    <BLOCKQUOTE> Originally posted by manda on 03 July 2004
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    People would still burn weed the most, for the look, the taste, the smell, the high and the fellowship. It's been going on since the beginning of time and no synthetic drug could ever be a substitute for it.
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    </BLOCKQUOTE>thats for sure <img border="0" src= "smileys/smiley1.gif">