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Pain-Management

Updated 04 July 2014

Marijuana in a pill?

A pill may work as well as a puff when it comes to using marijuana to treat pain, according to a small but carefully controlled new study.

A pill may work as well as a puff when it comes to using marijuana to treat pain according to a small but carefully controlled new study. Pain relief from pills may last longer, however, and may not leave people feeling as high as they do after they smoke the drug.

Dronabinol has been FDA-approved since 1985 to treat the nausea and loss of appetite that commonly afflict patients with cancer and Aids. Less is known about its effects on pain.

For more on marijuana, visit the US National Institute on Drug Abuse.

 

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