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French medical cannabis trial shows promise

05/10/2021

French medical cannabis trial shows promise

Pain medicines produced from cannabis oil have the potential to significantly improve the lives of patients, a French study has found.


According to the initial results from a trial that began in a French hospital back in March, using medical cannabis for pain relief is effective.


Psychiatrist Dr Nicolas Authier, Chair of the Scientific Committee on Medical Cannabis, is in charge of the experiment being conducted at the University Hospital of Clermont-Ferrand in central France. Dr Authier picked 20 suitable patients for participation in the trial.


One patient, Mounir, 47, who suffered a stroke aged 21 and consequently struggled with painkiller addiction in an attempt to manage his neuropathic pain, told France 3: “I'm not yet completely relieved of the pain. There is some still, but it is nothing like what I felt before.”


The trial is part of a two-year nationwide experiment in France that is primarily designed to evaluate the best conditions of access to medical cannabis.


Depending on the patient and their condition, medical cannabis can deliver mild to significant relief. However, some patients have experienced no improvement, while others experienced more undesirable effects than therapeutic ones.


Dr Authier hopes that medical cannabis can be legalized for patients whose suffering is poorly relieved by conventional treatments.


Image by Julia Teichmann from Pixabay

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