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In a recent report to the state legislature, the California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) announced that its studies have shown marijuana to have therapeutic value in the treatment of neuralgia (neuropathic pain). You can find the report at:

Neuropathy Study**

The CMCR, established at the University of California in 2000 to conduct controlled scientific studies of medical marijuana, reported positive results in six different human clinical trials regarding chronic pain and spasticity using vaporization as a delivery method.

Four studies showed marijuana to be safe and effective in relieving the chronic pain of neuralgia (pain along the course of a nerve). "The findings are very consistent," according to research director Prof. Igor Grant, "There is good evidence now that cannabinoids may be a good adjunct or even first line treatment." Neuralgia is caused by damaged nerves and is particularly resistant to other therapies . Ten percent of the population is said to be affected by neuralgia.

(A fifth CMCR study found marijuana effective in reducing muscle spasticity in multiple sclerosis patients and a sixth study demonstrated the efficacy of smokeless vaporizers as an alternative delivery system to smoked marijuana.)

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**Ellis R, Toperoff W, Vaida F, van den Brande G, Gonzales J, Gouaux B, Bentley H, Atkinson JH. August 2008. Smoked Medicinal Cannabis for Neuropathic Pain in HIV: A Randomized, Crossover Clinical Trial. Neuropsychopharmacology. Click here for the full E-pub ahead of print.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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