Marijuana’s Effectiveness for Chronic Pain, PTSD Questioned in Study

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A pair of new studies cast doubt on whether marijuana is an effective treatment for chronic pain and post traumatic stress disorder.

Researchers examined 27 previous studies on the use of cannabis products for chronic pain in adults.

They discovered that there is insufficient evidence to draw conclusions about whether medical marijuana was, in fact, helpful to pain sufferers.

The researchers did find one exception: nerve pain. However, even there, the team only found limited evidence that cannabis alleviates chronic neuropathic pain.

On the other hand, they said that there was sufficient evidence to conclude that cannabis use among the general population likely increased the risk of car accidents, psychotic symptoms and short-term cognitive impairment.

The studies, conducted by a team of researchers at the Veterans Health Administration, were published on Aug. 14.