cannabis helps in the reduction of pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis Posted on 07 Jun 09:31
A drug that has been obtained from Cannabis extracts helps in the reduction of pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. However, those who believed that the patient now smoke joints, is wrong.
The medicine (Sativex) was developed by the British company GW Pharmaceuticals, which has a license from the government to research the benefits of cannabis. Tests with a spray version of the preparation at 58 arthritis patients showed that it reduces pain and improves sleep quality. Few patients developed side effects.
Philip Robson, director of the research department: "These results are really exciting because this is the first controlled clinical trial of a cannabis-based drug is for the treatment of arthritis”. The study is now focused on the optimal treatment dose.
The Arthritis Research Campaign has welcomed the study. A spokeswoman said: "It will not cure the disease, but it will do a lot to manage pain and suffering of people with rheumatoid arthritis." Furthermore , cannabis is less likely to be harmful than other painkillers. The idea that people with rheumatoid arthritis smoking joints and getting high, is wrong. Painkillers that are based on cannabis, should be taken seriously.
Previously, scientists commissioned by the Arthritis Research Campaign conducted studies which showed that cannabidiol, a natural component of cannabis, which in its processed form has no psyche-changing effect, can ease the effects of collagen-induced arthritis in mice.
WANC 18:06:04 / pte