Rheumatology Network Features Debate about Medical Marijuana for Rheumatologic Conditions

Jan 31, 2014, 14:48 ET from UBM Medica US

NORWALK, Conn., Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica US announces that Rheumatology Network, a leading online community for Rheumatologists now features a debate about the validity of using medical marijuana to treat pain for rheumatologic conditions such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. The issue is timely as legislators and courts in numerous states including Florida and New York are moving to legalize its use.

There is insufficient clinical evidence, most notably no randomized, controlled trials, to support the use of medical marijuana to relieve symptoms of rheumatologic disorders such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, maintains Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, MD and her coauthors from the McGill University Medical Centre in Montreal in the article "Eight Things Rheumatologists Should Know About Medical Marijuana." At the same time, they point out, there is solid evidence that marijuana impairs activities that rheumatologists are trying to help their patients preserve, including cognition and coordination.

The issue is not so clear, argues a comment to the article, contending that it would have been impossible to conduct sufficiently large and reputable clinical trials in the United States when the product under study has been illegal. The commenter also adds that relieving nausea is useful for patients who have that side effect from standard drugs used to treat rheumatologic conditions.

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