According to researchers from University of California, San Diego, neuropathic pain in HIV patients can be relieved by using medicinal marijuana.
In the study, the researchers included those 28 HIV patients whose nuropathic pain wasn’t relieved by opiates or other pain killers. The researchers noticed that the patients who smoked medicinal marijuana reported significant relief in their pain compared with those who were given a placebo.
The University of California Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) sponsored the study and it has been published online in Neuropsychopharmacology.
“In HIV patients, Neuropathy is a significant problem in HIV patients and there aren’t adequate treatments that offer pain relief to sufferers,” said lead researcher Dr. Ronald J. Ellis who is an associate professor of neurosciences. Ronald further added, “Our study found that smoked medicinal marijuana proved effective and well-tolerated when it was included to the patient’s current pain medication and it offered an increased pain relief.
The results of the study are consistent with other CMCR-sponsored research and support the effectiveness of medicinal marijuana to relieve neuropathic pain.
“Our study is another confirmation that shows cannabis proves quite helpful to manage neuropathic pain at least in the short-term” stated Doctor Igor Grant who is a professor of psychiatry and director of the CMCR.