Can cannabis kill pain without getting you stoned?

Can cannabis kill pain without getting you stoned?
Mobile pharmacology lab. Credit: University of Colorado at Boulder

More than 87 percent of medical marijuana users report smoking or ingesting it for pain-related conditions. Yet for many, the cognitively impairing properties of its active ingredient, THC, make cannabis impractical as an everyday painkiller.

A new, first-of-its kind study by CU Boulder researchers suggests that legal market cannabis strains containing a lesser-known compound called cannabidiol (CBD) in addition to THC (9-delta-tetrahydrocannabinol) may have a more powerful anti-inflammatory effect while intoxicating users less and having less potential for abuse.

A larger $3 million, four-year chronic pain study kicks off next month.

“Pain is the most common reason cited for medical cannabis use, with people out there using these products every day. But they have no data on whether there are any particular cannabinoids or doses that hit that…

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