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Study: Inhaled Cannabis May Improve Quality Of Life For Chronic Pain Patients

Although some patients reported mild side effects at the beginning of the study, the use of the inhaler over a period of several months was associated with reduced pain scores and improvements in patientsā€™ quality of life.

By Joana Scopel

AĀ studyĀ conducted by Israeli researchers in Haifa showed the short-term effectiveness and safety of micro doses of medical cannabis administered via a metered-dose inhaler (the Syqe Inhaler) in chronic pain patients, according to data published in the journal Pain Reports.

ā€œThe administration of aerosolized cannabis through an inhaler may reduce long-term pain in patients with neuropathy and other chronic conditions,ā€ researchers said. The daily stable doseĀ investigators used for their patients was 1.5 mg of aerosolized delta-9-THC.

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AlthoughĀ some patients reportedĀ mild side effects (such as dizziness and sleepiness) at the beginning of the study,Ā the use of the inhaler over a period of several months was associated with reduced pain scores and improvements in patientsā€™ quality of life.

ā€œMedical cannabisĀ treatment with the Syqe Inhaler demonstrated overall long-term pain reduction[s], quality of life improvement[s], and opioid-sparing effect[s] in a cohort of patients with chronic pain, using just a fraction of the amount of MC [medical cannabis] compared with other modes of delivery by inhalation. These outcomes were accompanied by a lower rate of AEs [adverse events] and almost no AE reports during a long-term steady-state follow-up. Additional follow-up in a larger population is warranted to corroborate our findings,ā€ the study reads.

In addition,Ā anotherĀ recent study foundĀ that someĀ orally ingested cannabis products can provide short-term relief from chronic pain. The study notes that Ā high ratios of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cannabidiol (CBD) also may reduce significant pain in patients.

A study recently published in theĀ Annals of Internal MedicineĀ demonstrated thatĀ medical cannabis program enrollment jumped over four times between 2016 and 2020, reaching nearly three million patients in 2020.

This article originally appeared on Benzinga and has been reposted with permission.

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