Lack of evidence supporting medicinal cannabis benefits for arthritis sufferers – research

TVNZ One News 23 May 2020
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“We found two trials that looked at cannabis based products in arthritis… and there was no evidence really from either of those trials that they made a difference in the arthritis condition” – Medical Research Institute of NZ
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Some arthritis sufferers claim cannabis products provide them the most effective pain relief, but new research says there isn’t enough scientific evidence to show it’s safe or effective.

One in six New Zealanders has arthritis and Arthritis NZ’s Francesca Holloway says pain is one of the biggest issues.

Medicinal cannabis is now available with a prescription from your doctor and anecdotally, some say their most effective source of pain relief comes from cannabis products or medicinal cannabis.

“There’s certainly interest in it,” Ms Holloway told 1 NEWS.

“We have a number of consumers who expressed interest or have used [it] themselves.”

But scientific proof is another thing. There have been a number of trials on mice but human trials are scarce and not encouraging.

“We found two trials that looked at cannabis based products in arthritis… and there was no evidence really from either of those trials that they made a difference in the arthritis condition,” the Medical Research Institute of NZ’s Dr Irene Braithwaite says.
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