New Study Indicates That Cannabis Relieves Pain 9/25/98

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Dr. Ian Meng and researchers from the University of California at San Francisco released the results of a report this week (9/23) which indicates that cannabinoids act upon the same part of the brain as morphine and, while they effect the brain differently, reduce pain without the unpleasant side effects or the threat of addiction commonly associated with opiates.

The study, conducted with a synthetic drug that mimics marijuana, showed that cannabinoids affect the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM), an area of the braid responsible for the sensation of pain.† "These results indicate that the marijuana-like drug can reduce pain by affecting the same pain modulating neurons as morphine, but through† separate mechanisms" said Meng.

Meng continued, "the implications for future development or treatment would be looking at different combinations of therapies, a lower dose of morphine combined with a low dose of cannabinoid.† Perhaps you could eliminate the nausea (caused by the opiates) or at least reduce it and increase the pain-killing effects."

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