Chronic Abdominal Pain is Not Alleviated by THC
Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Initial findings of a preliminary study show that THC provides no benefit for chronic
abdominal pain.

It is unclear whether or not cannabinoids can act as effective treatments of chronic
abdominal pain. An exploratory study currently in phase II randomized 65 patients who
took either placebos or delta-9- tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC) tablets to alleviate chronic
abdominal pain post-operation or to soothe chronic pancreatitis pain. Patients who were
in the test group were given THC tablets with 3mg dosages, and had to take one tablet
three times a day for 5 days a week; after the first 5 days, patients were to take 5mg
tablets three times a day for another 5 days, and the last phase had the patients take
8mg three times a day for the next 40-42 days.

The study showed, through data put together using scores and a visual analogue
scale, that there was no difference in pain sensations by the end of the 50-52 days in
both the control group and the test group.

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