Cannabis Could Reduce Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Pain
April 28th, 2015
Policy, Top News
Researchers at the University of California found that inhaling cannabis could demonstrate a dose-dependent reduction in pain in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The results seem to confirm similar studies that have evaluated cannabis’ effects on other types of physical and neurological pains.
The 16 patients participating in the small study were given either placebo or single doses of cannabis, which was low (1%), medium (4%), or high (7%) in THC – the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Tests were then performed on baseline spontaneous pain, evoked pain, and cognitive function.
Higher THC ingestion was associated with less pain, with the high dose having a significant effect when researchers evoked pain using foam brush and von Frey – a set of filaments that test pain by pushing against the skin. However, the patients on the high THC dosages showed impaired performance on neurophysiological tests, indicating that there is some downside to the drug’s potential.
Several companies have been working on similar indications for the cannabis plant, including GW Pharmaceuticals plc [stockquote symbol=GWPH]. The company’s Sativex® is already approved in Canada as an adjunctive analgesic treatment in adult patients with advanced cancer who experience moderate to severe pain, while it’s the lead target indication for approval in the U.S.
Medical marijuana has already been approved in 23 states and the District of Columbia, while the upcoming 2016 elections could see that number expand significantly. In the meantime, there are efforts underway at the federal level to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II Controlled Substance, which would acknowledge its potential medical benefits.
The results of the UC study were published in the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacology.
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