Study: Cannnabis Useful in Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy

By Laird Harrison, Medscape

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For the study, participants consumed cannabis using a Volcano vaporizer.

Inhaled cannabis can blunt the pain of diabetic neuropathy without seriously impairing cognitive function, a new study shows.

“The higher the dose, the more the pain relief,” first author Mark Wallace, MD, told Medscape Medical News. “There was, however, a dose-dependent increase in euphoria.”

The study is the first randomized controlled trial of inhaled cannabis for diabetic neuropathy pain, said Dr Wallace, chair of the Division of Pain Management at the University of California, San Diego. It was published in the July issue of the Journal of Pain.

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Illinois State Board Recommends Migraines, PTSD and Other Ailments As Medical Cannabis Conditions

The illinoismedicalIllinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board on Monday voted to recommend a variety of medical ailments as conditions that qualify an individual to become a legal medical cannabis patient.

The Board voted 8 to 2 to recommend to the Illinois Department of Health that migraines be added as qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use. The panel voted unanimously to recommend irritable bowel syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder, periphery polyneuropathy and diabetic neuropathy, and voted 7 to 4 to recommend osteoarthritis.

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Cannabis Mitigates Treatment-Resistant Diabetic Neuropathy, Finds New Study

Cannabis use alleviates pain in diabetic subjects suffering from neuropathy that’s resistant to standard treatment, according tocannabisplant a new study being published in The Journal of Pain, and published online ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

For the study, researchers examined the efficacy of inhaled cannabis (versus a placebo) in 16 patients with intense diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

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