Thursday, December 9, 2004

It's a safety issue - if it cannot be stopped, it will be regulated

Pain patients in London will be able to join a national study to test medicinal pot's safety. It's believed to be the first scientific look at how medical marijuana interacts or interferes with health problems and conventional medicines, said pain specialist Dr. Mark Ware, leading the study from McGill University Health Centre.
Other studies test how well cannabis relieves pain, which isn't the intent of this work.

Pain researcher Dr. Dwight Moulin of London Health Sciences Centre and Lawson Health Research Institute is heading the London study.

He will work with 50 people who use medicinal marijuana against pain and 150 pain sufferers who don't use pot.

All told, 1,400 chronic-pain patients will be studied at seven pain clinics nationwide.
What are the non-pot using participants using for pain relief - is that not relevant? Is this being taken into consideration?

But, read between the lines and perhaps get a sense of the intent of this expensive study - only 1.8 million dollars funded by Health Canada and ripped from the pockets of us lambs headed to the slaughter. I suspect the outcome of this 'research' will be in favour of government approved drugs. Note that even the marijuana used in the study is grown by Health Canada. Of course, you would want to measure the level of THC for experimental purposes, but I venture to say, based on the scant details provided by the London Free Press, that there is an agenda at work behind this study.
"We're looking to see what the safety issues might be," Ware said.

There's a possibility other medications may interact with marijuana to make some or all those drugs more, or less, effective, Ware said.

Participants will be followed for a year and undergo chest x-rays, memory questions and tests for heart, lung, kidney and liver function.

Researchers hope to emerge with a clearer picture of pot's side effects on people with chronic pain and whether those effects outweigh the benefits.

Conventional drugs are ordinarily subjected to rigorous safety and other testing before being approved for use.

But Health Canada approved the use of medicinal pot more than a year ago.

"We're sort of forced to work backwards" from the normal course of events, Ware said.

The approach may even become a template for testing natural health products, Ware said.
Certainly there is a benefit to understanding the medicinal properties of marijuana, but keeping in mind of course the lack of detail provided in this article, of interest in itself is the way this study is reported on - I smell trouble.

1 Comment:

basil said...

I seem to recall hearing there have been a lot of complaints regarding the quality of Health Canada's dope.