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Cannabis as Medicine? Overview

It is utterly mind-blowing that people have no idea that Cannabis has been part of the medical prescription landscape for over 20 years. That’s right T. G. A (Therapeutic Goods Administration) trialled and approved cannabis based medicines have been available as an option to alleviate, if only in small ways, some of the symptoms of a couple of diseases or help with recovery from treatment. However, the claims of this plant being a ‘miracle cure’ for just about everything, have existed for of 100 years… yet in no credible and advanced research has any of the properties of the Cannabis plant ‘cured’ anything, ever!

There is no argument that some components of this incredibly complex plant can have some therapeutic benefit, be it ever so small, but deriving such from the plant with out co-opting some of the more detrimental components has proven incredibly difficult. On top of that, the evidence emerging from latest science, sees that some of these therapies, do more harm than good, with the temporary alleviating of a symptom on one hand, and incurring along term genetic harm on the other!

Again if facts and evidence matter to your best-practice health care, then this is the space for you. Make informed decisions based on science, and not quackery!

Jessica Nye, PhD  February 8, 2023
Study authors did not identify clear pain-relieving effects from CBD and/or THC among patients with peripheral neuropathic pain and prior treatment failure.
Oral cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or their combination did not decrease pain among patients with peripheral neuropathic pain who had a history of treatment failure. These findings, from a randomized, double-blind trial, were published in the European Journal of Pain.
The median age of the study population was 65 (range, 22-95) years, the median duration of pain was 60 (range, 10-2017) months, mean NRS score was 6.5 (standard deviation [SD], 1.3) points, and the most common prior therapy was gabapentin or pregabalin (n=115). Neuropathic etiologies included polyneuropathy (n=95), diabetic polyneuropathy
“In the PPP, CBD reduced pain less than placebo, and less effect of CBD than of placebo was also seen with some secondary pain outcomes.”
Neither CBD, THC, nor CBD/THC were superior to placebo for symptoms of burning pain, pressing and squeezing, pain paroxysms, or evoked pain as evaluated using the Neuropathic Pain Symptom Inventory (NPSI).  The study authors report that CBD was actually less effective than placebo in reducing evoked pain.
No effects on paracetamol consumption, quality of life, or psychomotor function were reported with active treatment.
In subgroup analyses, active treatment was not superior to placebo for pain, quality of life, mood, or pain-related sleep disturbance.
Nausea and diarrhea were reported more frequently among recipients of CBD/THC compared with prior to treatment (11% vs 1% and 11% vs 3%, respectively).

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