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University of California Cannabis Research Backs Therapeutic Claims

ucsdMedical researchers at the University of California slipped an ingredient in chili peppers beneath the skin of marijuana patients, to see if cannabis could relieve acute pain. The research showed overwhelmingly that it does at certain doses. They monitored patients with AIDS and HIV as they used smoked cannabis or placebos to determine if the marijuana could subdue agonizing pain from nerve damage; and it provided relief. They even went on to test a “Volcano” vaporizer to see whether inhaling smokeless cannabis delivered healthier, low-tar cannabis, and it did.

For over a dozen years the University of California’s historic experiment in medical cannabis research brought new science to the debate on marijuana’s place in the medical community. California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research was established by the Legislature to answer one simple question; does cannabis have any therapeutic value? State-funded studies, costing over $8.7 million, have found that cannabis may offer broad benefits for pain from nerve damage from injuries, HIV, strokes and many other conditions.

The program, which is now coming to an end, was headquartered at UC San Diego with work also conducted in Sacramento County and San Francisco. The Center for Medical Cannabis Research challenged medical orthodoxy by undertaking the first clinical trials in decades looking at cannabis as medicine.

The end of this program will mark the end of America’s most comprehensive studies into the usefulness of medical marijuana. The money is now all gone, and the state-commissioned clinical trials totaling more than 300 research subjects are now over. The very last data are being crunched for medical journals. It is very unlikely that medical marijuana research on such a massive scale will be repeated any time soon.

Political disagreements over cannabis remain unpredictable, and researchers say getting additional studies approved by federal agencies is as hard as ever. Despite the finding of potential health benefits by the University of California researchers, medical marijuana is no closer to winning federal acceptance as a medicine.

In 1999, three years after California voters passed the nation’s first medical marijuana law in 1996, the Legislature approved funding for the nation’s first prolonged modern medical research of cannabis. After completing seven trials between 2002 and 2012, with five studies published and two pending, California research shows that cannabis absolutely has a therapeutic value. “Every one of the studies showed a benefit,” said Dr. Igor Grant, a neuropsychiatrist who served as director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. “The convergence of evidence makes me convinced there is a medical benefit here.”

The California researchers wanted to avoid the politics of cannabis or advocacy of its use, but Grant said, “The research results suggest the U.S. government’s listing of marijuana as a Schedule I drug with no medical use, on par with heroin and LSD, is completely as odds with the existing science.”

“It is intellectually dishonest to say is has no value whatsoever, because it’s just not true,” said Dr. Grant. While doctors can recommend marijuana, and people can buy it at California dispensaries, it is not available as a legal prescription drug.