Medical Journal Reports AIDS Patient's Persistent Hiccups Relieved by Marijuana 5/15/98

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The British medical journal The Lancet reports (VOL. 351; No. 9098; Pg. 267) that an AIDS patient with a persistent case of hiccups gained relief by smoking marijuana. At least five different medically-indicated remedies were administered over the 10 day episode, with none offering more than very brief relief. Smoked marijuana reportedly ended the hiccups immediately. Persistent hiccups are a rare but documented symptom in patients with AIDS.

The Lancet's report concludes: "Because intractable hiccups is an uncommon condition, it is unlikely that the use of marijuana will ever be tested in a controlled clinical trial, and blinding would be difficult. Despite federal policy which forbids the use of marijuana therapeutically, this report should be considered for hiccups refractory to other measures."

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