Researcher investigates use of marijuana for arthritis pain

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/dalhousie-researcher-investigates-use-of-marijuana-for-arthritis-pain-1.3142592

Dr. Jason McDougall, a professor in the department of pharmacology and anesthesia at the Halifax university, is using a three-year research grant from the Arthritis Society to study how cannabis compounds can manage arthritis pain…

The nerves of an arthritis sufferer are like “wires that have been stripped of their coating,” McDougall told CBC Radio’s Information Morning.

“They’re all bare, they’re all raw and responsible for feeling a lot of pain. What we hypothesize is that by locally administering these cannabis-like molecules to those nerves, we’d actually be able to repair them and reduce the pain of arthritis.”

His research is breaking down how cannabis molecules are easing pain for patients. He says it appears cannabis is not just dampening the pain in the brain, it’s actually working on the joint itself…

2 thoughts on “Researcher investigates use of marijuana for arthritis pain

  1. this and the previous post are both showing that mj much much more than a fun ‘get high’ drug. our bodies need it and use it, and we have been depriving sufferers of it. may the research continue.

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  2. “The nerves of an arthritis sufferer are like “wires that have been stripped of their coating,” – I’ve heard this said about chronic pain in general, but I don’t think it’s a scientific explanation. When the myelin is missing on nerves, you get Multiple Sclerosis, which involves bad signaling and cross-firing

    But it’s creates an easy to understand picture of chronic pain which “seems” intuitively correct. It’s so darn hard to explain chronic pain to people who don’t have it!

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