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Study Shows Cannabis Helps Pain & Anxiety Patients Wean Off Benzodiazepines

Study Shows Cannabis Helps Pain & Anxiety Patients Wean Off Benzodiazepines

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Researchers in Canada found that 45% of pain and anxiety patients eliminated the need for prescription pills with medical marijuana.

While cannabis has been proven to be medically beneficial in a number of ways, the most recent advantage to emerge is in the looming fight against prescription pill abuse. There have been a handful of studies that show marijuana is a viable treatment for opioid addicts, so much so that it’s even convinced the most conservative states to spearhead medical reform

Recent findings also show that cannabis has value by replacing other highly addictive prescription pills such as popular benzodiazepine tranquilizers. Canabo Medical Inc., the largest owner of medical marijuana referral clinics in Canada, has partnered with external medical researchers to study the positive effects that pot use has on anxiety and pain patients.

The study found that within 90 days of being prescribed medical marijuana, 40 percent of these patients stopped using benzodiazepines completely. That number rose even higher to 45 percent for those using cannabis after one year. According to Dr. Neil Smith, the executive chairman of Canabo, the tremendous results were “extremely promising.”

“When conducting this type of research, experts are typically encouraged by an efficacy rate in the neighborhood of 10 per cent. To see 45 per cent effectiveness demonstrates that the medical cannabis industry is at a real watershed moment,” Dr. Smith said. 

The collaborative study focused on 146 patients who were being treated with benzodiazepines for a variety of disorders. Over 61 percent of the patients were using medical cannabis for pain conditions, while 27.4 percent had a psychiatric disorder. The remaining 11.3 percent were using marijuana to treat neurological conditions.  

Popular brands of benzodiazepines include Valium and Xanax, which create short-term side effects such as dizziness, headaches, and memory impairment. Extended use of these pills can lead to severe addiction and even to a potentially lethal overdose. According to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, 30 percent of prescription pill overdoses in the U.S. resulted from benzodiazepines use, second only to opioids. 

It’s clear from these numbers that opioid abuse isn’t the only dangerous drug epidemic sweeping across North America, but research shows that cannabis can provide a life-saving alternative to both these highly addictive categories of prescription pills. As a growing number of victims continue to fall prey to opioid and benzodiazepine-induced overdoses, these studies will likely prove critical in the fight to legalize medical marijuana across the U.S. and beyond. 

First-Ever Metered-Dose Cannabis Inhaler Waiting FDA approval

An Israeli pharma-tech company Syqe Medical has announced the creation of the first-ever metered-dose cannabis inhaler, Arutz Sheva reports.

Syqe Medical presented the device on Thursday. It has been approved by the country’s Minister of health and is now seeking FDA approval.

The product will be distributed in Israel before any other country by Teva Pharmaceuticals, who has an exclusive deal with Syqe for the marketing and distribution of the drug in the region, Calcalist reports.

The company has raised a total of $83 million and the device has been in development for the past eight years, undergoing numerous clinical trials and regulatory screening processes before it was approved for sale, Syqe’s founder Perry Davidson was quoted saying.

The device uses a unique delivery method that Syqe says “provides symptom relief in minutes,” and its “unprecedented dosing precision achieves maximum relief while avoiding any undesired psychoactive effects.”

Although technically any patient with a medical cannabis licence may purchase the inhaler, which the company says will be delivered to patients’ doors, it may not be accessible to many. The device is priced at a costly NIS 1,950 (approx. CAD$711).

“Almost 80% of cannabis patients inhale the plant,” Davidson said. “For too long, physicians who wish to treat these patients have been without the most basic clinical knowledge on dosing, efficacy and adverse events of cannabis… This launch marks the beginning of a new chapter in pain treatment, one in which physicians can confidently prescribe precise dosages of cannabis.

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