Chronic pain relief: medical marijuana study identifies possible change in brain connections

Written by Olivia Stevenson, Future Science Group

Researchers from the Sagol Brain Institute (Tel Aviv, Israel) have demonstrated that the treatment of chronic radicular nerve pain with medical marijuana may lessen connections between parts of the brain that process emotions and sensory signals. After treatment, patients reported lower pain ratings, and this could potentially lead to new treatment options for individuals with chronic pain. Medical marijuana is increasingly being used as a treatment for a variety of ailments, including chronic pain. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a cannabinoid found in marijuana and is commonly understood to produce a high. In this study, published in Neurology®, researchers examined the effects...

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