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Medical Cannabis Treatment for Chronic Pain: Outcomes and Prediction of Response

Authors: Joshua Aviram, Dorit Pud, Tamar Gershoni, Bareket Schiff‐Keren, Miriam Ogintz, Simon Vulfsons, Tamar Yashar, Adahan Haim‐Moshe, Silviu Brill, Howard Amital, Itay Goor‐Aryeh, Dror Robinson, Leslie Green, Refael Segal, Yacov Fogelman, Oren Tsvieli, Ben Yellin, Yelena Vysotski, Ofir Morag, Vadim Tashlykov, Roee Sheinfeld, Ruth Goor, David Meiri, Elon Eisenberg Published in European Journal of Pain…

Delegitimizing Cannabis Because of Its Recreational Use is the Real Lie

Sherry Yafai, MD encourages the need for healthcare professionals to shift their perspective on cannabis in her column for Emergency Medicine News. “Delegitimizing medications based simply on their potential for recreational use or abuse is a dangerous and uninformed approach for physicians.”

Medical marijuana certification for patients with sickle cell disease: a report of a single center experience

Authors: Susanna A. Curtis, Dana Lew, Jonathan Spodick, Jeanne E. Hendrickson, Caterina P. Minniti, John D. Roberts Published in Blood Advances August 2020 Abstract More than one-third of adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) report using cannabis-based products. Many states list SCD or pain as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, but there are few data…

Frequent Cannabis Use and Cessation of Injection of Opioids, Vancouver, Canada, 2005-2018

Authors: Hudson Reddon, Kora DeBeck, M Eugenia Socias, Stephanie Lake, Huiru Dong, Mohammad Karamouzian, Kanna Hayashi, Thomas Kerr, M-J Milloy Published in American Journal of Public Health August 2020 Abstract Objectives To evaluate the impact of frequent cannabis use on injection cessation and injection relapse among people who inject drugs (PWID). Methods Three prospective cohorts…

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Manipulating the Endocannabinoid System as First-Line Treatment

Authors: Viola Brugnatelli, Fabio Turco, Ulderico Freo and Gastone Zanette Published in Frontiers in Neuroscience April 2020 Introduction Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder characterized by abdominal pain, spasms, and altered bowel movements, either predominantly diarrhea (IBS-D), or predominantly constipation (IBS-C), or alternating between those states (Saha, 2014). In the Western world it…

Fibromyalgia and the endocannabinoid system

Authors: John M. McPartland Published in Science Direct November 2009 Introduction Fibromyalgia has been characterized as an ‘endocanna- binoid (eCB) deficiency syndrome’, along with other refractory maladies such as irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, premenstrual syndrome and other pain- processing disorders (Russo 2004). This syndrome may arise from diminished receptor expression, inadequate ligand biosynthesis or gain-of-function…

A Comprehensive Patient and Public Involvement Program Evaluating Perception of Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products in the Treatment of Acute Postoperative Pain, Nausea, and Vomiting Using a Qualitative Thematic Framework

Author: Simon Erridge, Marie Miller, Tamara Gall, Antonio Costanzo, Barbara Pacchetti, and Mikael H. Sodergren Published in Mary Ann Liebert, Inc Publishers  February 2020 Abstract Introduction: Cannabis-derived medicinal products (CDMPs) have antiemetic properties and in combination with opioids have synergistic analgesic effects in part signaling through the delta and kappa opioid receptors. The objective of this patient…

A Comprehensive Patient and Public Involvement Program Evaluating Perception of Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products in the Treatment of Acute Postoperative Pain, Nausea, and Vomiting Using a Qualitative Thematic Framework

Author: Simon Erridge, Marie Miller, Tamara Gall, Antonio Costanzo, Barbara Pacchetti, and Mikael H. Sodergren Published in Mary Ann Liebert, Inc Publishers  February 2020 Abstract Introduction: Cannabis-derived medicinal products (CDMPs) have antiemetic properties and in combination with opioids have synergistic analgesic effects in part signaling through the delta and kappa opioid receptors. The objective of this…

The Impact of Medical Cannabis on Intermittent and Chronic Opioid Users with Back Pain: How Cannabis Diminished Prescription Opioid Usage

Author: Kevin M. Takakuwa, Jeffrey Y. Hergenrather, Frances S. Shofer, and Raquel M. Schears Published in Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers January 2020 Abstract Objectives: To determine if cannabis may be used as an alternative or adjunct treatment for intermittent and chronic prescription opioid users. Design: Retrospective cohort study. Setting: A single-center cannabis medical practice site…

Patterns of medicinal cannabis use, strain analysis, and substitution effect among patients with migraine, headache, arthritis, and chronic pain in a medicinal cannabis cohort

Author: Eric P. Baron, Philippe Lucas, Joshua Eades & Olivia Hogue Published in The Journal of Headache and Pain May 2018 Abstract Background  Medicinal cannabis registries typically report pain as the most common reason for use. It would be clinically useful to identify patterns of cannabis treatment in migraine and headache, as compared to arthritis and…

A Scoping Review of the Use of Cannabis and Its Extracts as Potential Harm Reduction Strategies: Insights from Preclinical and Clinical Research

Authors: James Siklos-Whillans, Alia Bacchus, Laurie A. Manwell Published in International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction March 2020 Abstract Cannabis as a harm reduction strategy (HRS) is supported by evidence demonstrating its efficacy for pain relief and as a substitution for alcohol, illicit drugs, and pharmaceuticals. Animal models show cannabinoids reduce the effects of opiate…

Migraine Frequency Decrease Following Prolonged Medical Cannabis Treatment: A Cross-Sectional Study

Authors: Joshua Aviram, Yelena Vysotski, Paula Berman, Gil M Lewitus, Elon Eisenberg, David Meiri Published in MDPI June 2020 Background Medical cannabis (MC) treatment for migraine is practically emerging, although sufficient clinical data are not available for this indication. This cross-sectional questionnaire-based study aimed to investigate the associations between phytocannabinoid treatment and migraine frequency. Methods:…