(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Does marijuana have a place in medical
treatment? Researchers say they now have science-based information with
which policy makers can begin discussing the place of marijuana in medical
Researchers at the University of California’s Center for Medical Cannabis
Research has found evidence that marijuana is an effective treatment for
some pain-related medical conditions.
Five clinical trials have been completed focusing on illnesses where medical
treatment didn't provide "adequate relief or coverage of symptoms," Igor
Grant, M.D., director of the Center for Medical Cannabis Research, was
quoted as saying.
Researchers say the studies show marijuana can be helpful in easing pain in
certain syndromes caused by injury or nervous system diseases and that it
may also be helpful in treating muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis.
Similar clinical trials are still in progress.
Source: Center for Medical Cannabis Research, February 23, 2010