Medical marijuana appears more effective for relieving men from pain than women
Smoking marijuana is more effective to attenuate pain in men than in women, scientists have said. This finding could have potential implications for the development of future clinical trials about the effects of therapeutic cannabis.
The term medical (or therapeutic) marijuana refers to the use of the plant in an unprocessed form or its extracts to relieve people from pains they may be experiencing as the result of a disease.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved marijuana as medicine, despite a range of scientific papers showing that the two of the main cannabinoids from the plant – THC and CBD – may have beneficial effects.
THC is thought to increase appetite, reduce nausea, and decrease pain and inflammation. It could be particularly useful to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. CBD could also reduce pain and inflammation, help control epileptic seizures, and possibly treat mental illness and addiction.
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