Cannabis could be used to treat chronic pancreatitis pain

Medical cannabis could be an effective adjunctive therapy for the treatment of pain associated with chronic pancreatitis, according to research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Timothy B. Gardner, MD, MS, of the section of gastroenterology and hepatology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and colleagues wrote that pain is the most troubling aspect of chronic pancreatitis.

“Clinical management of painful chronic pancreatitis includes abstinence from alcohol and tobacco products, analgesic medications (including opioids), antidepressant medications, and pancreatic enzyme replacement,” they wrote. “Medical cannabis has been proposed as a therapy for chronic pain and has shown some efficacy in neuropathic and cancer pain.”

Researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study comprising 53 patients who were enrolled in active opioid contracts for painful chronic pancreatitis. They separated patients into groups based on whether they were in a state-sponsored medical

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