Medical marijuana is being touted as a way to help people with chronic pain, seizure disorders, epilepsy, anxiety and other mental health problems.
A new study from the University of Wisconsin at Madison found that medical marijuana can reduce seizures and improve overall health and functioning, with significant benefits for people with severe, chronic pain.
Researchers at the university used a new model to analyze data from more than 10,000 people who have experienced severe or chronic pain and who have undergone multiple types of medical treatment, and found that patients who used marijuana to relieve symptoms of their condition were more likely to be able to maintain and maintain well-being.
Researchers found that those who used medical marijuana in combination with other treatments — including those that help manage anxiety and depression — were significantly less likely to experience seizures, a condition that can lead to seizures.
“The evidence for marijuana as a treatment for seizures is overwhelming,” said Dr. Matthew S. Daubert, the lead author of the study, in a news release.
“While it is still not clear whether marijuana has any efficacy as a medical treatment for epilepsy, the evidence is strong enough that a person suffering from severe epilepsy could benefit from medical marijuana.”
The research is one of the first to show that medical cannabis may alleviate the symptoms of seizures.
The study was published online this week in the journal PLOS ONE.
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
More information about the research was available on the University’s website, at UW-Madison Health, at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and at the Department of Defense.
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