UCSD LogoIn an astonishing finding, it is revealed that certain drugs may encompass some therapeutic value in them. Scientists from the University of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) have apparently discovered adequate proof that cannabis could be a potential treatment for a few particular, pain-related medical problems.

Researchers have apparently finished five scientific clinical trials, with more in development. These researches seem to exhibit that cannabis may be useful in alleviating pain in certain syndromes due to injury or diseases of the nervous system and probably for painful muscle spasms owing to multiple sclerosis.

CMCR director, Igor Grant, MD, Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine, commented, “We focused on illnesses where current medical treatment does not provide adequate relief or coverage of symptoms. These findings provide a strong, science-based context in which policy makers and the public can begin discussing the place of cannabis in medical care.”

Senator John Vasconcellos, original author of The Medical Marijuana Research Act of 1999 (SB847) which resulted in the development of the CMCR, mentioned, “These scientists created an unparalleled program of systematic research, focused on science-based answers rather than political or social beliefs.”

Research outcomes have supposedly been published in high-impact medical journals, thereby acquiring national and international awareness which seem to have encouraged top researchers to collaborate and promote scientific dialog on the likely uses of cannabis as a healing agent. Additional research is required to work out the mechanisms of action and the complete therapeutic possibility of cannabinoid compounds. This was mentioned by the UC researchers.

The findings were presented to the California legislature and public and are included in a report accessible on the CMCR web site.