Study Shows How Inhaled Cannabis Can Benefit Chronic Pain Sufferers
Breathe in, breathe out.
A study conducted by Israeli researchers in Haifa showed the short-term effectiveness and safety of micro doses of Medical Cannabis administered via a metered-dose inhaler (the Syqe Inhaler) in chronic pain patients, according to data published in Pain Reports journal.
"The administration of aerosolized cannabis through an inhaler may reduce long-term pain in patients with neuropathy and other chronic conditions," researchers said. The daily stable dose investigators used for their patients was 1.5 mg of aerosolized delta-9-THC.
Although some patients reported mild side effects (such as dizziness and sleepiness) at the beginning of the study, the use of the inhaler over a period of several months was associated with reduced pain scores and improvements in patients' quality of life.
Inhalers over opioids
"Medical cannabis treatment with the Syqe Inhaler demonstrated overall long-term pain reduction[s], quality of life improvement[s], and opioid-sparing effect[s] in a cohort of patients with chronic pain, using just a fraction of the amount of MC [medical cannabis] compared with other modes of delivery by inhalation. These outcomes were accompanied by a lower rate of AEs [adverse events] and almost no AE reports during a long-term steady-state follow-up. Additional follow-up in a larger population is warranted to corroborate our findings," the study reads.
In addition, another recent study found that some orally ingested cannabis products can provide short-term relief from chronic pain. The study notes that high ratios of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cannabidiol (CBD) also may reduce significant pain in patients.
In a study published online June 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine demonstrated that medical cannabis program enrollment jumped over four times between 2016 and 2020, reaching nearly three million patients in 2020.