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#1 medpot

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 08:13 AM

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Cannabis 'reduces surgery pain'


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Cannabis drugs could help with
pain after operations


A cannabis plant extract provides pain relief for patients after major surgery, research has shown.
An Imperial College London team tested the extract - Cannador - on 65 patients after surgery such as knee replacements and found it helped manage pain.

The researchers believe the results could lead to new pain relief drugs, even though the chance of side effects increased with stronger doses.

The research appears in the US journal Anesthesiology.

This latest trial is another welcome contribution to the body of evidence that cannabinoids have a role to play in medicine

Mark Rogerson, GW Pharmaceuticals


Lead researcher Dr Anita Holdcroft said: "Pain after surgery continues to be a problem because many of the commonly used drugs are either ineffective or have too many side effects.

"These results show that cannabinoids are effective and may lead to the development of a wider range of drugs to manage post-operative pain."

The researchers tested Cannador in different doses on 65 patients who had previously undergone surgery.

While all 11 patients who received a 5mg dose of the drug requested additional pain relief, only 15 of the 30 who received the 10mg dose and 6 of the 24 on the 15mg dose did so.

Side effects

However as the dose increased some patients reported increased side effects such as nausea and increased heart rate.

Professor Mervyn Maze from Imperial College London, who also worked on the study, said: "We thought cannabis might be beneficial in helping manage pain following surgery, as previous research indicated cannabinoids help 'top up' the body's natural system for reducing pain sensation.

"This research proves it can be effective, with minimal side effects at low doses."

GW Pharmaceuticals, a Salisbury-based firm, is developing cannabis-based medicines under licence from the UK government.

One of its products, Sativex, has already been licensed in Canada for pain control in people with multiple sclerosis, and trials of the drug's ability to provide pain relief for people with advanced cancer are continuing.

Mark Rogerson, a company spokesman, said: "This latest trial is another welcome contribution to the body of evidence that cannabinoids have a role to play in medicine."





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Posted 04 June 2006 - 08:22 AM

Marijuana don't have the same side-effects as Cannador though! :D

Marijuana has never been toxic and deadly, but it seems that some pharmaceutical companies, as usual, will develop synthetic or natural derivative cannabinoid medicines which will have horrible side-effects, and perhaps "deadly" some day. :lol:

Since they proved that marijuana didn't cause cancer recently, and also that marijuana may even prevent or destroy cancers, it's just an other good reason to stay or go natural..right? :D


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Posted 04 June 2006 - 10:07 AM

Right Marc, I know first hand that pot works great for post operative pain, and the only side effect was a smile and the ability to keep my shitty hospital food down. I was puking my guts out from the morphine until I commanded the nurse to disconnect it and went outside to smoke a joint instead.

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 02:42 AM

Hi Marc
I think since I had recent bypass surgery
Doc's allowed me to medicate and then did life signs
Seems the cannibis helps maintain proper blood presures
Gave me more stamina on the teadmills
I'm in coronary rehab for next mos
I'm having lots of trouble with Email addy switchover
I'll send ya a post on that
Canada Dale
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