Best And Safest Painkiller Available – Try Marijuana
Researchers in at least two Canadian university laboratories and
studies conducted in England have discovered through clinical testing that the cannabinoids found in hemp, a form of cannabis
still marked as an illegal substance in the United States, is a highly effective treatment for chronic pain.
paper published by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in 2011, reported a study at the Department of Anesthesia
and Psychiatry at Dalhousie University, Halifax, that found that cannabinoids were effective in relieving chronic non-cancer
pain. The study examined neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and mixed chronic pain.
study found that the cannabinoids also provided “noticeable improvement in sleep in most of the volunteers participating
in the study. Some of the volunteers were given a placebo as a control during the trials. Best of all, the study found that
while the cannabinoids improved pain, mood and sleep, it caused no damaging side effects like those found in over-the-counter
or prescription pain killers.
The Halifax study supported similar research work at
the McGill University Health Center in Montreal, Quebec, in 2002. That study suggested that cannabis can be effective for
improving pain in some patients with chronic pain.
Another paper recently published
by Imperial College, London, found that the receptors for cannabinoids are found in the spinal cord, in areas concerned with
pain processing, thus explaining why cannabis offers effective pain relief for certain types of chronic pain, but not all.
teams led by Dr. Maurice Elphick, of Queen Mary and Westfield College, and Professor Steve McMahon at Kings College, found
that cannabinoids seem to have the ability to relieve a type of chronic pain that current treatments cannot reach. This includes
strong opioid analgesics like morphine. This is because the spinal opioid receptors disappear after a nerve injury, but spinal
cannabinoid receptors appear to be preserved.
This “may indicate a therapeutic
advantage for cannabinoid-based drugs over opioids in the treatment of painful neuropathy,” the researchers wrote.
cannabinoids that kill the pain are tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and cannabidiol, or CBD. These two compounds are found to
interact with the body to kill pain while enhancing the mood of the patient.
that in spite of the findings published by researchers outside the United States, the possession, production and sale of all
forms of cannabis, including hemp which offers no psychological “high” when consumed, is still prohibited by federal
law in the United States. There has been a movement to make this plant legal and voters in many states have approved the legalization
of marijuana for medical use.
The U.S. government claims that research has proved that the cannabis plant
offers no medical benefit.
By contrast, the pharmaceutical painkillers have been
responsible for more deaths in the U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined. They were linked to more than 15,000 deaths in 2008.
these drugs, available by doctor’s prescription, and over-the-counter pain killers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen and
even aspirin, are known to damage kidneys, the liver and cause death by addiction and overdose, are readily available, while
marijuana, which has never been known to kill anyone, remains an illegal substance.
marijuana, which is easy to grow, can be produced anywhere in the world, and is a cheap and effective medical substance, may
be the problem. Opening the door to allow everybody to grow marijuana plants in their back yards would threaten profits of
not only the pharmaceutical industry, but organized crime, which markets the dried plant on the street.