As if those of us in-the-know weren’t already fully aware, newly published research shows that it is safe to use cannabis as a longterm curative alternative for pain management.
Finally. The scientific research the cannabis community has been longing to be conducted in order to prove the mountainous amount of anecdotal evidence showing that cannabis is indeed a safe medicinal option for managing pain (amongst its other superabundance of beneficial attributes) is coming into fruition, thanks to folks like the researchers of the COMPASS study team.
Said study team conducted research between 2004 and 2008 regarding smoking cannabis as a medicinal recourse for managing chronic pain.
The research in question, which was recently published in the Journal of Pain, followed 431 patients suffering with chronic pain for a period of 365 days to evaluate the rates of unfavorable events, pulmonary effects, and neurocognitive function. The group consisted of 215 folks that used cannabis for pain, and 216 that did not partake in pot use.
So, what did they find?
Well, not only did the folks that used cannabis report having increased improvements of intensity of pain and overall quality of life compared to those that abstained from puffing the sticky stuff, there were no signs of significant change in neurocognitive function among the heavy puffers in the study group as well (heavy by the study’s standards = 2.5 grams of smoked bud per day).
And as most studies of this nature tend to suggest, the study’s research team claims further research is still needed.
It’s still good news no matter how you slice it. Or smoke it.