THC/CBD spray was administered to 128 patients, and a placebo was given to 118 people in the control group. The patients who used the cannabis spray reported improved sleep and significant improvement in pain levels. Overall, the treatment showed a statistically significant change in comparison to thecontrol group.
“These findings demonstrate that, in a meaningful proportion of otherwise treatment- resistant patients, clinically important improvements in pain, sleep quality and SGIC (Subject Global Impression of Change) of the severity of their condition are obtained with THC/CBD spray,” the researchers concluded. “THC/CBD spray was well tolerated and no new safety concerns were identified.”
This study focused on patients with allodynia, but cannabis has been shown to help with neuropathic pain associated other ailments, too. Here are just a few of the studies on the effect of cannabis on neuropathic pain:
- A 2011 study of the effects of smoked cannabis on HIV neuropathy found statistically significant improvement in pain, as well as mood and daily functioning.
- According to a 2010 study, post-traumatic and postsurgical neuropathic pain can be effectively treated by smoking cannabis.
- In 2011, researchers found that vaporized cannabis, even in low doses, helped with general and peripheral neuropathy in patients who didn’t find relief from traditional treatment.
- A 2004 study found a clinically relevant analgesic effect from THC pills on neuropathy associated with multiple sclerosis.
It’s clear from these studies that cannabis, however it’s administered, can significantly improve the lives of people suffering neuropathy, whatever the cause. It’s clear that we need wider access to medical cannabis, so everyone who suffers neuropathic pain can find the relief that only cannabis provides.