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Cannabis Hemp Oil Helps Reduce Chronic Neuropathic Pain in Mice

A recent study testing the effectiveness and safety of consuming cannabis, conducted by the
University of New Mexico is the first study to measure the therapeutic potential of legal
hemp oil with low THC levels. The study examined the effectiveness of consuming hemp oil
extracted from the whole Cannabis plant using a chronic neuropathic pain animal model.
UNM (University of New Mexico) showed legal Cannabis hemp oil reduced mechanical pain
sensitivity 10-fold for several hours in mice with chronic post-operative neuropathic pain.
Cannabis plants with less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per mass are
identified as “hemp.” Hemp is now federally legal to grow and consume in most of the
United States as a result of the Hemp Farming Act, proposed by the U.S. Congress in 2018 and
signed by President Trump.
This is a major breakthrough that now enables millions of people the ability to use a natural,
effective, and relatively safe alternative option for the treatment of chronic pain –
conventional pharmacological drugs like opioids are the leading form of preventable deaths,
and conventional medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States.
“Hemp plants contain numerous therapeutic constituents that likely contribute to analgesic
response, including terpenes and flavonoids, which in theory, work together like members of
a symphony, often described as the entourage effect,” says researcher, Jegason P. Diviant.
Several clinical trials have shown that medications made with synthetic cannabis and isolated
compounds tend to lower the reported symptom relief, and had far more of the negative
side effects as compared to whole plant, or “full spectrum’ Cannabis flower and plant-based
extracts.
While researchers warn that few studies exist on the long-term use of hemp oil, it is an
exciting time in modern medical discovery because the average citizen now has legal access
to a completely natural and effective medicine that can be inexpensively produced simply by
sticking a seed in the ground.
References:
Vigil, J.M., et al. (2020) The Therapeutic Effectiveness of Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Using a
Chronic Neuropathic Pain Model. Life. doi.org/10.3390/life10050069