Cannabis tea not only has a calming effect, it also is an effective treatment for patients suffering from chronic pain.
According to a report published in the Journal of Pain, drinking the herb “seems to be effective and safe” therapeutic method of relieving intractable pain in a study of more than 600 patients.
This finding was not a surprise. Infusing tea with marijuana has been around since 2737 B.C. when China’s Emperor Sheng Neng prescribed the concoction to combat a host of maladies.
In the study published in May, Italian researchers conducted an analysis designed to examine the use of cannabinoids for intractable pain.
Study subjects were typically over the age of 60 and consumed cannabinoids via infused tea.
Researchers reported that no subjects in the study complained of severe side effects, and that relatively few patients discontinued cannabis treatment. The average age of the study subjects was 61.
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The Italian researchers concluded that the oral administration of cannabinoids “seems to be effective and safe in the majority of patients.” They said more data and subsequent trials are needed to verify the findings.
Earlier this year, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences released a report with similar findings.