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Marijuana Extracts Greatly Improve Symptoms Associated With MS,


Spinal Cord Injury, Study Says


Oxford, United Kingdom: Marijuana extracts alleviate pain and other

neurogenic symptoms unresponsive to standard treatment in patients

suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and spinal cord injury, according

to clinical trial data published in the current issue of Clinical


Twenty-four patients participated in the Phase II placebo-controlled

trial. Volunteers were administered randomized extracts of

tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive compound in marijuana,

cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound in marijuana, and a mixture

of both compounds. Patients self-administered the extracts and/or placebo

via a sublingual spray.

Authors wrote, "Pain relief associated with both THC and CBD was

significantly superior to placebo." In addition, researchers found that

"impaired bladder control, muscle spasms and spasticity were improved by

CME (cannabis medicinal extracts) in some patients with these symptoms."

Unwanted side effects were "predictable and generally well tolerated," the

study concluded. :huh:

Data from follow up Phase III trails by GW Pharmaceuticals demonstrate

similar results, but have yet to be published. The company is now in the

process of submitting its regulatory application to Britain's Medicines

Control Agency (MCA). Subject to regulatory approval, GW aims to launch

its first medicinal marijuana products in the UK by the end of this year.

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior

Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. Abstracts of the Clinical

Rehabilitation article, "A preliminary controlled study to determine

whether whole-plant cannabis extracts can improve intractable neurogenic

symptoms," are available online via the PubMed search engine at:


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But The US government has proven that cannabis has no practical use in medicine, what would a British pharmaceutical company know about medicines?



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