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NIH To Study Effects Of Cannabis Vs Opiate Use For Pain

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Good news for those who support medicinal cannabis use, it seems we in the USA are finally going to get a federally funded study on the subject. This week, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a 3.8 million dollar grant to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System in NYC for studying the effects of cannabis versus opiate use for pain. This is the first federally funded long term study of its kind.

“There is a lack of information about the impact of medical marijuana on opioid use in those with chronic pain,” said Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., the  associate chief of general internal medicine at Einstein and Montefiore, as well as the principal investigator on the grant. “We hope this study will fill in the gaps and provide doctors and patients with some much needed guidance,” he said in a news release.

This study will focus specifically on patients with HIV who take opioids for their pain. The participants will be patients who have permission from a physician to use cannabis. The cannabis used in the study will be from dispensaries in New York state, as opposed to that ditch weed that is normally used for federal studies, meaning the results are much more likely to be accurate.

The results of this research study could prove once and for all that cannabis is more effective and a lot less dangerous than opiate use for pain. Cannabis may just be the key to solving the opiate crisis. There is a great deal of anecdotal evidence that pain patients prefer cannabis, but now we will finally have some hard data to back it up.


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