New hope for pain patients: Researchers have confirmed that cannabis is said to help as much as 30 times as well as aspirin in pain. In Germany, cannabis is authorized as a medicinal product under certain conditions. (We reported about it here)
Cannabis is 30 times more effective than aspirin
For decades, some positive properties of the cannabis plant have been known. In Germany, the use of a drug has been permitted under certain conditions since 2017, and the assumption of costs by the statutory health insurance is also possible in certain cases.
Now, the secret of the healing properties of the plant has been revealed: a Canadian research team at the University of Guelph has now conducted a study into the composition of cannabis flowers and found that they produce pain-relieving molecules that are 30 times more potent than the painkiller aspirin
Cannabis as a medicine: Help against chronic pain
According to the “Ärzteblatt”, around eight million people in Germany are considered to be chronically ill. Around a quarter of these patients are not sufficient to help with conventional medicines. These include patients with advanced cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS) and AIDS. For these people, treatment with cannabinoids and opioids contained in cannabis is a possible alternative.
Opioids as a classic treatment for chronic pain: Many side effects and addictiveness
Although the classic treatment of chronic pain patients with opium-derived substances also brings an analgesic effect, but the risk of significant side effects and addiction is great. However, even with the use of cannabis threatens problems: In one article, the “Pharmacies-Review” even warned of serious side effects such as schizophrenia.
New painkiller in cannabis plant: Further research needed
“The problem with these molecules, however, is that the cannflavins in cannabis are present only to a small extent,” explains Professor Steven Rothstein from the study team. Therefore, further research should be carried out in order to produce the phytochemicals in large quantities and to be able to use them as an alternative to traditional analgesics, for example in creams, pills or patches.