|Cannabis Tests Show Relief of Long-Term Pain|
Posted by FoM on December 09, 2000 at 08:55:43 PT|
By Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor
Source: The Times U.K.
The doctor leading a trial into the medical benefits of cannabis has said that more than three quarters of those with chronic pain have been shown to benefit from using it.
Willy Notcutt, of the Pain Relief Clinic at the James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth, said: “There’s no doubt in our minds that a large number of patients have gained benefit — between 70 and 80 per cent.
“That’s actually very good results for people with long-standing pain, although not all the benefits are in the relief of pain, but in the quality of life.
“We have one patient who has actually gone back to work, albeit in a part-time capacity, doing manual stuff. That’s a very important bonus, that patients can actually find that they can do a lot more even with the same amount of pain.”
The trials have been financed by G.W. Pharmaceuticals, which developed a way of admistering the drug as a spray under the tongue.
“A joint is a very good system for delivering cannabis but it’s impossible to do any research into it because you don’t know what you are getting,” Dr Notcutt said.
“From a medical point of view we do not give any drugs to patients by telling them to burn it themselves and inhale toxic smoke.”
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is currently monitoring two larger trials of the use of the drug: a £400,000 study involving 300 patients to see if cannabis tablets can replace morphine as a painkiller after surgery and a £900,000 study of 660 patients with multiple sclerosis. Both trials are funded by the Medical Research Council.
“We have had to do this research very much on a shoe-string,” Dr Notcutt said. “It’s not easy to get money for research and added to that we have had disparaging remarks because we are a district hospital.”
Source: The Times U.K.
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Comment #10 posted by Vince B on September 14, 2001 at 14:16:05 PT:|
|Unless the leaf has any chemical sprayed onto it you are in no danger by eating it. the worst taht can happen to you is short term memory loss. The effects of cannabis have had no bad side effects on me or my partner and we have eaten it and smoked it for the past 5 years with hardly a day missed.|
The taste however may deter you to do it twice. Cook it into cakes etc: E-Mail me for a lovely recipe..
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Comment #9 posted by ZorZ on May 01, 2001 at 08:50:35 PT:|
|I know smoking sucks, all it does it eats up your health but is it ok for me to eat it? Could I take a leaf and chew on it and than swollow it? Is that completely harmless?|
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Comment #8 posted by Ethan Russo, MD on December 10, 2000 at 04:37:16 PT:|
John McPartland and I are currently finishing an article on the other components of cannabis beyond THC, and treat this topic at length. It will appear in the 3rd/4th double-issue of Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics. In essence, the essential oil of hemp contains limonene, caryophyllene and many other components with antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and other important synergistic actions with cannabinoids.
Comment #7 posted by hempcanadian on December 09, 2000 at 17:19:36 PT:|
No but we can give you pills to rot holes in your stomach lining so ya bleed to death.
Or you can swallow this liquid that will give you such a pharmaceutical adverse reaction you die.
Or enough medication to shut down you liver and or kidneys!
It's ok to kill people with legal pharmaceutical drugs but not do minimal harm with cannabis.
Feed your head!
Comment #6 posted by FoM on December 09, 2000 at 13:43:05 PT:|
Why Won't Government Let Us Use Marijuana
Cannabis Spray Eases Pain for MS Patients
Source: Electronic Telegraph
Author: David Sapsted
Issue 2024 Saturday 9 December 2000
© Copyright of Telegraph Group Limited 2000
Web Site: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
Research into the medicinal benefits of marijuana is showing that three-quarters of a trial group of multiple sclerosis sufferers report significant benefits.
Interim findings from an experiment at an East Anglian hospital are regarded as an important step towards the legalisation of cannabis for medical use. In Government-backed tests at the James Paget Hospital, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, patients report remarkable benefits after using a cannabis spray.
Though the trials are small in scale, 10 of the 13 guinea pigs, multiple sclerosis sufferers or people experiencing severe pain after surgery, have reported finding relief. Benefits include relief from pain, enabling sufferers to sleep better and allowing a return to more active lives.
Dr Willy Notcutt, leading the trial, said: "The results so far are very acceptable." Alan Milburn, the Health Secretary, has stated the Government's willingness to legalise the medical use of cannabis if trials show it can be of "a clear benefit".
|Comment #5 posted by FoM on December 09, 2000 at 13:05:24 PT|
|Comment #4 posted by muy_poderoso on December 09, 2000 at 12:44:36 PT|
careful: enhanced penalties 4 'concentrated cannabis' etc
|Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 09, 2000 at 12:11:11 PT|
I know that Lavender is easier to extract then Rose which takes alot of pedals to get any amount of rose essential oil. How is Cannabis extracted compared to other essentials oils and how does a person make it? I know you are busy so please don't feel you have to answer this I just really would like to know.
Comment #2 posted by Ethan Russo, MD on December 09, 2000 at 11:52:13 PT:|
Comment #1 posted by defenderoffreeworld on December 09, 2000 at 11:07:46 PT:|