Clinical Trials Show Medical Benefits of Pot
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Clinical Trials Show Medical Benefits of Pot
Posted by CN Staff on February 18, 2010 at 04:31:46 PT
By Victoria Colliver and Wyatt Buchanan
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
California -- The first U.S. clinical trials in more than 20 years on the medical efficacy of marijuana found that pot helps relieve pain and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis and certain neurological conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by a UC research center.The results of five state-funded scientific clinical trials came 14 years after California voters passed a law approving marijuana for medical use and more than 10 years after the state Legislature passed a law that created the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC San Diego, which conducted the studies.
Dr. Igor Grant, a UC San Diego psychiatrist who directs the center, called the report "good evidence" that marijuana would be an effective front-line treatment for neuropathy, a condition that can cause tingling, numbness and pain."We focused on illnesses where current medical treatment does not provide adequate relief or coverage of symptoms," Grant said. "These findings provide a strong science-based context in which policymakers and the public can begin discussing the place of cannabis in medical care."Despite California's passage in 1996 of Proposition 215, which allows patients with a valid doctor's recommendation to grow and possess marijuana for personal medical use, the federal government classifies marijuana as an illicit drug with no medical use and has closed pot clubs and prosecuted suppliers. Thirteen other states have passed similar measures legalizing medical marijuana.Proponents of medical marijuana see Wednesday's news as the turning of the tide for what they hope would become federal acceptance of pot's therapeutic benefits. A First Step  "This is the first step in approaching the (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), which has invested absolutely nothing in providing scientific data to resolve the debate," said state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who noted that marijuana showed benefits throughout the AIDS epidemic in helping people afflicted with neuropathy and other ailments.Dale Gieringer, a Berkeley resident who is executive director of the California branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, agreed. Snipped   Complete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: Victoria Colliver and Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff WritersPublished: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - Page A-1Copyright: 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite: CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on February 18, 2010 at 04:57:22 PT
A vast and arid wasteland, a DEA's brain!
"Agent Sweetin proves that not all dead brains are from excessive drug use!"Some die from atrophy!
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on February 18, 2010 at 04:53:35 PT
A few days ago, Agent Sweetin of the DEA....
said, [and I quote] "marijuana is not medicine!"Then I said, "oh?"Today I said, "oh yeah!"Agent Sweetin proves that not all dead brains are from exessive drug use!
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