The first Canadian government-sponsored
trials of marijuana's efficacy in treating conditions related to HIV/AIDS
got underway October 9 in Toronto. Faced with the looming reality
of medical marijuana in Canada, Health Canada authorized the study to gather
clinical evidence that could help set national medical marijuana policy.
There is some evidence that marijuana stimulates the appetite, curbs the
nausea caused by chemotherapy or HIV/AIDS drugs and relieves pain.
The pilot study, with 32
HIV/AIDS patients at St. Michael's Hospital, is slated to last a year.
Participants will be given three supplies of pot of varying strengths and
one placebo. They will spend one week using each supply and keep
diaries detailing how much they smoked, how they felt, and how much and
what they ate. The results of the pilot study results will form the
basis of broader, multi-center clinical trials, chief investigator Dr.
Kevin Gough told the Canadian Press.
Ironically, while Canadian
growers produce some of the world's finest marijuana and while the Canadian
government already has a supply of medical marijuana grown under contract
in Flin Flon, Manitoba, the weed used for the study will come from the
US National Institute of Drug Abuse's Mississippi marijuana farm.
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Issue #259, 10/18/02
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