Monday, March 19, 2007

Medical Marijuana

Tudball sent me this article through email the other day, seeing that I have fibromyalgia and he has IBS. Just a thought :)

Dr. Notcutt noted, "The cannabis extracts can produce high-quality pain relief, symptom control, and improvement in the quality of life,without significant side effects." He tested cannabis extracts collected from cloned plants, in 23 sufferers of chronic pain. Dr.Notcutt said subjects reported improvements ranging from 'life-changing' to allowing them to get a good night's sleep. One subject had returned to work; others had started driving, gardening and caring for children again. Dr. Notcutt decried the fact that,because of its status as a prohibited substance, very little is known about marijuana's pain-relieving properties.In other studies, cannabinoids have demonstrated the ability to block spinal, peripheral and gastrointestinal mechanisms that promote pain in headaches, fibromyalgia, and IBS. IBS has been noted to display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns that suggest an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines.

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