Both studies have been published in the BMJ, a journal that tends to respect peer reviews, many other media outets in the cannabis space have immeditely jumped up and said ‘reefer madness” syndrome. We’d walk with a little more caution.
Marijuana may not help people with chronic pain sleep better, particularly if they are regular and frequent users of the drug, according to a study published online this week in the journal BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.
A second study published in the same journal suggests that cannabinoids, the active chemicals in marijuana, may not be reliably effective in relieving cancer-related pain.
These findings may have significant public health implications. Chronic pain is a large and growing health problem. In the United States, one in five adults reports having chronic pain, and about one in 12 has pain so severe that it limits their daily activities on most days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cancer-related pain is also common, affecting about 60 percent of people undergoing treatment for the disease.