New research indicates that cannabinoids could be efficacious pain management options
“Currently, more than 30 states have policies in place that permit medicinal cannabis use; many of these cite pain conditions as inclusionary criteria. However, despite expanding use, what we know about ‘how’ and ‘why’ cannabinoids alleviate pain remains poorly understood,” said study author Julio A. Yanes, a graduate research assistant and National Research Service Award Fellow at Auburn University.
“For example, our follow-up meta-regression results revealed that study sample size was associated with observed pain reduction, such that smaller samples were associated with bigger effects. Thus, large (i.e., sufficiently powered) studies are warranted.”
The study, “Effects of Cannabinoid Administration for Pain: A Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression“, was authored by Julio A. Yanes, Zach E. McKinnell, Meredith A. Reid, Jessica N. Busler, Jesse S. Michel, Melissa M. Pangelinan, Matthew T. Sutherland, Jared W. Younger, Raul Gonzalez, and Jennifer L. Robinson.