UCLA research team conducts clinical study on analgesic properties of cannabis
In addition to relieving pain, the research team hopes to stem the deadly opioid epidemic, with the analgesic properties of cannabis.
In search of new scientific evidence
While anecdotes about the analgesic properties of cannabis abound, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) wants to provide scientific evidence using randomized, placebo-controlled studies, reported NBC News.
“Public cannabis use has already far exceeded our scientific understanding. Said Chen, director ofCannabis Research Initiative from UCLA. “We desperately need to catch up. "
The goal of the research program is to conduct a high-quality study in opioid dependent patients. Edythe London, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at UCLA School of Medicine, said she designed the study to test different combinations of THC and CBD.
Dr London said the study seeks to determine which combination of THC and CBD "produces the most good". This while reducing pain and opioid use in the study volunteers.
“We're not trying to do pro-cannabis or anti-cannabis research. We are just trying to do good science, ”Mr. London said.
In one of two quinquennial studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that states with cannabis laws for medical purposes had about 6% less of opioid prescriptions in Medicaid patients, than states without these laws.
Study of health insurance
The second study, which looked at patients enrolled in Medicare, found a decrease of 8,5% of the number of these prescriptions in states where medicinal cannabis is legal.
Although illegally manufactured drugs such as fentanyl and heroin are the cause of certain deaths, according to the CDC, 40% of deaths were due to a legal prescription for opioids.
But cannabis is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug. So research funding is hard to come by. Dr Chen said the initiative has received funding from the Semel Institute; for Neuroscience and Human Behavior from UCLA. As well as funds from federal and state sources, and private donors.
Before the study can begin, the researchers must also obtain government approval. That is to say, the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration ...