Medical study shows moderate doses of pot can lower pain

November 22, 2007

, Associated Press

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, say smoking moderate doses of marijuana can help reduce pain but smoking too much might increase the body's sensitivity.

The new study shows that healthy people who smoked different amounts of cannabis had different responses when injected with capsaicin, the chemical that makes chili peppers spicy.

Pain was unchanged in people who smoked very little of the drug but was reduced in people who smoked a moderate amount. People who smoked more felt more pain.

The study appears in the November issue of the journal Anesthesiology.

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