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Friday, September 05, 2003


POT for Pain

For hundreds of years, marijuana/cannabis/pot has been used to treat a wide variety of illnesses. But the herb has been illegal throughout the modern era of scientific medical research.
Patients have used pot for pain relief, seizure relief and to calm nausea and vomitting induced by cancer drugs and have found it to be effective when others are not.
But any legal research that has been carried out on pot has been on its harmful effects and not on its possible medical benefits. Why so like that? Because funds are only provided for research into the harmful effect of pot.

AIDS patients have long used pot to fight the terrible wasting the disease causes. It's also been said to help an extremely painful condition known as peripheral neuropathy -- a painful nerve disease that has few effective treatments. Dr Donald Abrams, MD, now chief of hematology/oncology at San Francisco General Hospital, is best known for being one of the first doctors to recognize and treat the illness. Dr Abrams needed funds for his research on this, he had a brainstorm. He submitted a research proposal to look for a harmful effect of pot on the immune system of AIDS patients -- and finally won the approval he sought. The results of his trial appear in the August 19 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. And they contradict previous studies done in the test tube and with lab animals. With his remaining funds, Dr Abrams is able to do his study on peripheral neuropathy. The results are awaited.

For further information on possible medical uses of pot ::
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Medical Uses of Marijuana
Medical Utility of Marijuana
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