According to a new report in the journal Neurology, marijuana is a useful pain medication:
The study, from the University of California at San Francisco, found that smoked marijuana was effective at relieving the extreme pain of a debilitating condition known as peripheral neuropathy.
It was a study of HIV patients, but a similar type of pain caused by damage to nerves afflicts people with many other illnesses including diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
Neuropathic pain is notoriously resistant to treatment with conventional pain drugs. Even powerful and addictive narcotics like morphine and OxyContin often provide little relief.
Though the news is promising, much research still needs to be done on the effectiveness of marijuana on other diseases. For example, the McConaughey Institute for Medicinal Whatnot has yet to cure shirtlessness with the drug, though they’re committed to continuing to try, no matter how long it takes.