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    Pain Management With Cannabis

    Cannabinoid Analgesia as a Potential New Therapeutic Option in the Treatment of Chronic Pain
    Tammy L Burns, PharmD

    at time of writing, Pharmacy Practice Resident, Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE; now, Clinical Pharmacist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

    Joseph R Ineck, PharmD

    Clinical Specialist in Pain Management & Palliative Care; Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Creighton University

    OBJECTIVE: To review the literature concerning the physiology of the endocannabinoid system, current drug development of cannabinoid agonists, and current clinical research on the use of cannabinoid agonists for analgesia.

    DATA SOURCES: Articles were identified through a search of MEDLINE (1966-August 2005) using the key words cannabis, cannabinoid, cannabi*, cannabidiol, nabilone, THC, pain, and analgesia. No search limits were included. Additional references were located through review of the bibliographies of the articles identified.

    STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: Studies of cannabinoid agonists for treatment of pain were selected and were not limited by pain type or etiology. Studies or reviews using animal models of pain were also included. Articles that related to the physiology and pharmacology of the endocannabinoid system were evaluated.

    DATA SYNTHESIS: The discovery of cannabinoid receptors and endogenous ligands for these receptors has led to increased drug development of cannabinoid agonists. New cannabimimetic agents have been associated with fewer systemic adverse effects than delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, including recent development of cannabis medicinal extracts for sublingual use (approved in Canada), and have had promising results for analgesia in initial human trials. Several synthetic cannabinoids have also been studied in humans, including 2 cannabinoid agonists available on the international market.

    CONCLUSIONS: Cannabinoids provide a potential approach to pain management with a novel therapeutic target and mechanism. Chronic pain often requires a polypharmaceutical approach to management, and cannabinoids are a potential addition to the arsenal of treatment option
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    I was in a large car accident in which a drunk driver was driving the oppisite direction on the highway and hit me in a head on collision and caused me a shattered heel and split ankle and cost him his life. Anyway i have used marijuana for pain management for the past 3 years (four months legally) and by far it is the most effective all around pain relief there is in my opinion. While it may not relieve the pain of a compound fracture it will help stop muscle spasms, joint ache, and that driving pain from hardware after a long days hike. I guess what im saying is if the nation could just get with it and get over the legalities we might just have a non addictive completely taxable pain reliever for the masses