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Marijuana May Help Ease Nerve Pain 
Posted by CN Staff on August 16, 2017 at 05:04:16 PT
By Randy Dotinga, HealthDay
Source: Chicago Tribune
USA -- Marijuana may be slightly effective at reducing chronic nerve pain known as neuropathy. But there's little evidence on whether pot helps treat other types of pain or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a pair of new studies suggests.The findings on neuropathy "fit generally well with what we know," said Dr. Sachin Patel of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital in Nashville. Patel wrote a commentary accompanying the review in a recent online edition of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Medical marijuana is legal in almost all states for certain medical purposes. Some states may have laws that haven't yet been implemented, according to NORML, a pro-marijuana legalization group. But research into the medical uses of marijuana remains controversial. Plus, it's difficult for scientists to study the drug because itís illegal on the federal level.However, some research has found positive results. Earlier this year, the National Academy of Sciences released a report saying there is conclusive or substantial scientific evidence that marijuana is effective at treating chronic pain, calming muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, and easing nausea from chemotherapy.The new reviews into pain and PTSD were commissioned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The department refused to allow the authors of the reviews to be interviewed to discuss the findings.Curt Cashour, a spokesman for the department, provided a written statement with a comment from David Shulkin, the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The statement said the VA system will not prescribe medical marijuana although "there may be some evidence that this is beginning to be helpful."For the review of research into chronic nerve pain and marijuana, the researchers examined 27 studies. The investigators determined that there's "low strength" evidence that marijuana can help nerve pain. But there's just not enough reliable research to come to a conclusion about whether marijuana is useful for other types of pain, the study authors determined.The researchers also looked at 32 studies and 11 reviews of research on side effects. They noted several potential risks of marijuana use such as car accidents, psychotic symptoms and "short-term cognitive impairment."However, the review noted that research into risks and side effects is limited.The researchers said their findings may have "limited applicability to older, chronically ill populations and patients who use cannabis heavily."Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, said the review findings are consistent with "anecdotal reports of patients, many of whom are seeking a safer alternative to the use of deadly opioids. And it is inconsistent with the federal government's classification of the marijuana plant as a schedule I controlled substance with 'no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.' "In the second review, researchers looked at three studies and two reviews of marijuana as a treatment for PTSD. The investigators found only a very low level of research. In addition, they said, the research had a "medium- to high-risk of bias."There's no way to come to conclusions based on the few studies currently available. But "several ongoing studies may soon provide important results," the study authors wrote.Source: Chicago Tribune (IL)Author: Randy Dotinga, HealthDayPublished: August 15, 2017Copyright: 2017 Chicago Tribune Company, LLCWebsite: http://www.chicagotribune.com/Contact: letters chicagotribune.comURL: http://drugsense.org/url/i2HdQQbbCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml 
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Comment #14 posted by HempWorld on August 17, 2017 at 17:20:01 PT
How much longer is this hypocrisy going to 
continue? Marijuana/Cannabis, may this or may that, the list is long and getting longer by the day. The God given plant that is still illegal despite so many sick and dying people all around us! Crazy, or yes, it is a money game, like most things it's about money 'health care' 'insurance' all about fleecing you! On this God forsaken planet we remain until we are Gratefully Dead!Getting closer, every day! Day by day, tick, tick, tick...
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Comment #13 posted by schmeff on August 17, 2017 at 14:18:29 PT
The Lyin' King
'nuff said.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on August 17, 2017 at 09:51:15 PT
BGreen.... that's funny. I know the feeling.
You know how we occasionally wondered from time to time, when a President doesn't do anything we thought he might, and we wonder "Who is really controlling him?"Guess what? It's pretty obvious who is controlling this one. No one!I wonder about all the people I know that supported him. Didn't they know who he was? Who he is? He's been in the public eye for decades. Right up there trying to stick his face in front of any camera that came near him or that he could get near. He's smart-alec. He's loud, bombastic, and arrogant. He runs his life like a Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey circus. He always has. He's a promoter. A showman. He made any promise he had to to get them in his tent. Whether he believes the stuff he spouts or not they were some how able to believe him. He spoke to their fear and anger. They followed him. I'm a believer in 'out of the frying pan into the fire'. I'm not thrilled with that Pence guy. Maybe he would make a better President. I've no great desire to kick the beloved leader of the Trumpsters out of office.  He seems to mean so much to a lot of people. Let him be who he is and hopefully more and more of his supporters will slink out of his "tent".I'm always hoping I have been wrong about him being such a crass character. So far, it's even worse than I had always thought.Someone I know said during the campaign that the country needs a "Business man" to run the country... like a business. But they failed to understand, apparently, that the government is not a business. It's not about profit. It's governing. Which is completely different. She called him a "Successful" business man. She obviously only knew about some sort of TV persona. Not the disasters and bankruptcy he's been the manager of. Did I point that out to her? No. It would have done absolutely no good because around here, if you aren't a Trumpster... you're a Liberal. And being a Liberal is soooo bad. I don't want to fight and argue over politics. They would just "Trample" my opinion into the mud. Big time. Been there, done that.Let them have their great leader. I'm afraid they'll follow him until the ground slides out from under all of them. Obama has always seemed like a very good man, to me. I like him a lot. I think President Obama was what I tend to think of as a class act. President Trump seems so vulgar. He is vulgar, I guess. He gravitates towards it and admires it, it seems. A layer of gold leaf is super thin. It doesn't change what's under the gold leaf into solid gold. It's a facade. It's a funny thing that Trump and his followers have made President Obama's legacy fairly glow. That they are polishing that legacy with the seat of their pants doesn't matter. They are still polishing it. It's a thing of great beauty when you look at the goings on in the Trump Whitehouse.Shine on. 
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on August 17, 2017 at 05:22:39 PT
President Obama
I miss no drama Obama more then I ever thought I would. It's is almost like the soul of our Nation is at stake. From a humble President to one that acts like he is a god is a hard thing to take. I wake up in the morning and hope someone finally says enough is enough and Trump steps down. I have never seen a picture of Trump that his eyes don't look crazy. He is scary beyond belief. Bush was mild mannered and not like Trump at all. Cheney was like Trump and I always thought he made the decisions not Bush. I hope Mueller has enough evidence soon to bring serious charges against Trump. 
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Comment #10 posted by BGreen on August 16, 2017 at 20:14:54 PT
I know what you mean, Hope
The worst part of the Trump presidency is that he makes me wax nostalgic for Bush 43 (God help my soul.) LOLAlmost. LOLBud
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on August 16, 2017 at 18:59:25 PT
When I listened to the President's response 
to the tragedy in Charlottesville, I had to listen to it twice to believe what I was seeing and hearing.It sounded to me like he was blaming the victims. A crime took place there in front of hundreds of people. Not a disagreement. A man purposely murdered and injured people. Purposely. How are the victims to blame? For being there? For making that guy crazy? I hope our fellow Americans, the ones that put Donald Trump in the White House, are liking what they got. I'm sure they are though. They're like him, I'm thinking and that is so scary. In Charlottesville that day, there were clear victims and there was a clear and obvious perpetrator. If the President didn't see it when it happened, there are videos of it from every side and above. Hate used a car as a killing machine. What part did all sides have in that?It sounded to me like he said the victims shared the blame. He sounded like he didn't know murder using a vehicle as a weapon happened, and blood spilling, bone breaking violence had happened and just said "many sides" were to blame. What about "Evil doers" or "God awful killers", or something? Americans were killed and harmed in an open act of terror and he acts like something else happened. Something that could be blamed on the victims. It's like he's trying to pull the wool over our eyes... but in reality he's standing there with a dang wool blanket he pulled over his own head. A different take on The Emperor Wears no clothes. The President has a invisible blanket over his head. Or maybe that's a freaking wool sheet.What if President Bush had said something like that after Sept. 11? "All sides are to blame"? Good grief!Sadly, it's pretty obvious what he was thinking, if you want to call that thinking. He didn't have a quick clear response to this act of terrorism. And it seemed like he was trying to diffuse blame from the real killer.I did not feel any sense of assurance of justice or even common sense coming from his response.
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Comment #8 posted by BGreen on August 16, 2017 at 18:48:04 PT
This is all working out perfectly
I believe everything happens for a reason and my only job is to not stoop to their level. For the first time in my 55 years in this lifetime people are having to own their beliefs. People have always been able to hem and haw about their true feelings, talking in terms that always include a "wink wink, nudge nudge" but always pointing to an internal lack of tolerance for those who are different. Trump is demanding that we show our true colors and for that I am grateful.I believe we need to be the change we want to see in this world. We need to be what we want to see and live our lives as if it is already the way we want it to be.We are all truly one. When we "fight" against another we are only fighting our self."What the world needs now is love sweet love!"The Reverent Bud Green
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Comment #7 posted by MikeEEEEE on August 16, 2017 at 17:56:15 PT
Trump and real danger 
The republicans are still playing damage control with this EDP (emotionally disturbed person). I still say, it's very dangerous trump still has control of nukes, something not being exposed by the corporate media. Instead, they air character assassination based on his psychotic behavior. Yes, trump is nuts, no surprise there. Talk all you want about his behaviors, I believe the focus should be to replace him, before there is more damage. 
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on August 16, 2017 at 15:37:07 PT
BGreen
This whole thing is so unbelievable to me. Last night on the Rachel Maddow Show it was explained that Trump's father was in the KKK. Of course he is pro KKK then. 
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Comment #5 posted by BGreen on August 16, 2017 at 14:04:04 PT
Look at the history of these statues
The vast majority were erected as a big F-U to the freedom of other races and as a thumbs up to the KKK and other bigots.The revisionist history doesn't exist in statues. If anything, the statues themselves represent a revisionist history by celebrating traitors against our great Nation who LOST their battle to forcefully take control of the land we love, all the while murdering hundreds of thousands of our own countrymen solely for their right to enslave other human beings. I don't give a crap about a statue or a flag or any other symbol. Burn them, tear them down or worship them, I don't care.We are human beings and we mean more than anything we put forth as a symbol. The statues are as appalling to many humans as the jail cells are to the cannabis community.Living creatures always come first. Trinkets, bobbles, shiny things and statues don't even come close to the value of all living creatures.The Reverent Bud Green
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on August 16, 2017 at 13:23:20 PT
Sam
Divide and conquer!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on August 16, 2017 at 13:22:35 PT
Sam
I don't want statues destroyed either just make a museum and put them there. People that want to go to a museum like one with those statues and their history should have a place to go. Good and bad history should be preserved.
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on August 16, 2017 at 10:58:42 PT
going downhill
FOM, yes I'm sure we all feel the same way. It seems like they are trying to stoke racial tensions in this country, to what end I have no idea. I am just as appalled by revisionist history and destroying artistic monuments to men who served their country in war as I am by the blatant racial hatred and violence.Perhaps they wish to keep the lower classes fighting each other over racism instead of uniting in a general strike to stop the oligarchs and stop the domination of the militaristic oil families that won the World Wars.Speaking of feeling sick about this news - isn't it funny how all thes articles discuss research and the "possible" benefit of cannabis.All you need to find out if medical cannabis works on your nerve pain is some herb, a pipe, and 20 or 30 minutes. You don't need anything from the medical industry to find out if it works and treat yourself.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on August 16, 2017 at 05:11:39 PT
Just a Comment
I sometimes feel like I am living in a bad dream and I wake up in the morning and turn on Morning Joe and am reminded what I feel is the reality of our country now. I hope the people in power in the Republican Party do something about this but they just haven't. I keep hoping that someone does something before this man causes a civil war in our country again. All I can do is pray for people to care for our country more then their party before more horrific things happen. I am not angry just totally sad beyond belief.
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