PainRelief.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Low back pain patients should be considered for cannabis therapy. This is particularly true for chronic Low back pain. Mental function improves quite quickly. Improvement of physical function requires a longer therapy time but can be expected in most such patients.
PainRelief.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: Further study should evaluate whether THC levels or mode of consumption is more important. While as a doctor there is an obvious ethical dilemma, recommending smoking to a patient, there appears to be a clear superiority of inhaled cannabis to extracts in the current study. A further study in which high THC extracts are compared with high-THC inhalation therapy could shed light whether smoking can be avoided during cannabis therapy.
I have no disclosures regarding this study.
Citation: Robinson D, Ritter S, Yassin M. Comparing Sublingual and Inhaled Cannabis Therapies for Low Back Pain: An Observational Open-Label Study. Rambam Maimonides Med J. 2022 Oct 27;13(4):e0026. doi: 10.5041/RMMJ.10485. PMID: 36394500; PMCID: PMC9622393.
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