Cannabis Oral Spray
"Generally, physicians do not like to use narcotic-based drugs or drugs that have addictive-type characteristics for treatment of chronic pain," said Dr. John Richert, vice president for research and clinical programs for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
"There is not yet solid scientific evidence that the cannabis-related drugs are useful for multiple sclerosis pain," he said. "I think if there were solid scientific evidence that this type of drug helped, then that would be the evidence for the FDA to consider in their evaluation for the drug."
I would like to comment:
--We pump people full of drugs (many of which are potentially addictive), without knowing all of the medical risks and/or the respective drug efficacy for each particular individual, on an hourly basis. This is especially common for psychiatric and pain disorders because the potential drug benefits outweigh the costs. We are not talking about targeting blood pressure problems or sinus infections, where we understand the systems involved and for which we have developed specific- and effective-medical treatments --we are talking about targeting biological systems that we know relatively little about and, unfortunately,that vary drastically among individuals.
Pain medications, by virtue of the neurological systems involved in pain perception, have inherent-addictive potential. We still, however, put pain pills in therapeutic-candy dishes next to the Hershey Kisses. We do this because it is the humane thing to do; it's the medically- responsible choice. It's insane that just because we've arbitrarily labeled a drug (all medications are drugs, duh) a "narcotic", we can't harvest that drug's therapeutic properties. If you think cannabis has greater addictive properties than most current pain treatments, you had better educate yourselves. Please tell me that we've moved beyond the "Reefer Madness" days...please.