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Marijuana frequently used illegally to treat spinal pain

Marijuana frequently used illegally to treat spinal pain
April 17, 2015

SAN DIEGO — A large number of chronic spinal pain sufferers reportedly use marijuana to treat their pain symptoms; however, the majority of users do not have a prescription for the drug, a speaker said at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Annual Meeting, here.

According to Michael A. Finn, MD, marijuana offered “moderate” or “great” relief for chronic spinal pain in 89% of patients in their study.

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CME
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