Medical Marijuana - Medical, Legal, Social and Political Issues
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Medicinal Cannabis in the Treatment of Chronic Pain Syndromes


Yesterday, we discussed the collected randomized-controlled trial evidence base that supports the use of inhaled smoked cannabis to treat neuropathic pain.  Today, we will discuss vaporization as a smokeless delivery system for cannabis administration.  We will also review the results of some clinical studies examining marijuana vaporization for the treatment of neuropathic pain.

 

Editors' Note:  Medical marijuana has become an important area of study in healthcare. Doctors and healthcare professionals must understand the medical, legal, social and political issues to best respond to their patients’ questions and attend to their needs.  This content area is not intended to encourage or dissuade the use of medical marijuana, but has been created to provide a balanced portrayal of the research in this area.  The Drug Enforcement Agency issued “The DEA Position on Marijuana” in January 2011, which is their most recent position statement and provides information about medical marijuana and issues related to the conflicts between federal and state law.



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This week's content additionally qualifies for the following CME designations: Medical Marijuana, Pain Medicine, Palliative Care