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Title: Major Cannabis Study Forthcoming in Philadelphia

Author: MD Magazine

Date: 26 March 2018



Researchers in Pennsylvania are preparing to launch a major study designed to detail the benefits of medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids for pain management.

Marijuana, referred to medically as cannabis, is increasingly available to patients, with 29 states legalizing the drug as a medical therapy. However, the medical literature on the use of marijuana for pain management is relatively thin.

Ari C. Greis, DO, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rothman Institute, part of Thomas Jefferson University, will lead the study. He told MD Magazine this will be the first of several studies looking at cannabis as a pain management strategy.

“There are already several observational studies showing a relationship between cannabis use and reduced opioid intake,” Greis said. “But we clearly need more high-quality, prospective studies to assess the effects of specific cannabinoid preparations on common pain conditions.”

The first study will focus on patients with lower back and leg pain associated with compression of spinal nerves or sciatica.