Canadian Study: Medical Marijuana Safe, Helps With Chronic Pain


Two and a half grams a day keeps the pharmaceuticals away…

New Canadian research has confirmed that medical marijuana, when consumed by those suffering with chronic pain, has a justifiably safety profile that doesn’t result in any nasty adverse effects.

Scientists established in this study, published in the Journal of Pain, that daily cannabis users were at the same risk level as non-users, and that there was no detrimental effect on the intellectual functioning of the medical marijuana users.

The study, sparked up by Dr. Mark Ware from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montréal, utilized 215 adult patients; some suffering from chronic non-cancer pain and who used medical marijuana, and another 216 chronic pain sufferers that were not cannabis patients.

Study’s conclusion:

“This study suggests that the adverse effects of medical cannabis are modest and comparable quantitatively and qualitatively to prescription cannabinoids. The results suggest that cannabis at average doses of 2.5g/day in current cannabis users may be safe as part of carefully monitored pain management program when conventional treatments have been considered medically inappropriate or inadequate.”

For this study patients were observed for any adverse or unwanted effects, in addition to monitoring lung functionality and intellectual testing. The participants were also subjected to numerous questions regarding mitigation of their chronic pain, their current quality of life and any fluctuations in their daily mood swings at their annual follow up.

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Dr. Ware pointed out their studies conclusions demonstrate that daily marijuana consumers were at no greater risk than non-users to experience serious adverse events. Additionally, the researchers confirmed that no evidence exists of any detrimental effects on cognitive functionality, or blood tests among medical marijuana patients. Additionally, the research suggested there was significant improvement in the patient’s pain levels, symptom discomfort, mood and quality of life – particularly when compared to the studies controls (non-users).

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.


  1. Kenneth Hawkins Jr on

    I’m a pain management patient from UVA medical center in Charlottesville Virginia an they sent a recommendation letter to my current MD to prescribe my meds along with my pain meds an I got lucky as he did as they ask him to so I didn’t have to travel 2+hrs there an 2+hrs back every month but I been on high amounts of opiates for yrs starting at age 24an I’m now 38yrs old an I get sick an bad withdrawals when I run short so I tried medical cannabis an it did wonders for all my issues from back pain sciatica nerve damage also helped with my anxiety and panic along with my PTSD just 3tokes helped me for 4to6hrs an I didn’t have to take any high doses of opiates with that so I need a Dr willing to write a prescription to start the process of getting legal medical cannabis an taper off the opiates all the way an treat all my issues with medical cannabis an the wax also took all my problems away without withdrawals or any sickness so vote yes to legalize an I need a medical cannabis doctor in Virginia or I can travel to Washington DC its legal there I just need a doctor that will write it after they see all my disability’s I have MRI an prescription drugs list I’m on so anyone plz help you can email me thanks Kenneth

  2. Kenneth Hawkins Jr on

    Oregon sold more cannabis in one day than Colorado an Washington did in 30 days beating both states combined together an it stated we need more study’s with less than 2months 2go Canada did 5or10studys that proved it has Medical property’s for cancer pain an so on so how many times do we need to study what has been proven over an over an keeps growing as each study gets done an proves its good for just about every health issue out here an has zero deaths an has no withdrawals bad like the legal prescription drugs an also when used in vaporizer shows no lung damage so they need to set the rules on each state tax it go ahead an legalize it as all the other states have an the world would be a better place less crime an less prescription overdoses

  3. They should also compare the risks against Oxycotin. I’m thinking that the results of “which is the safer drug” will be clear.

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