From a university up in Montreal, Canada. There are several aspects to it I find interesting.
The first is, this wasn’t a ‘mouse being injected with Marinol’ type study. This was whole plant cannabis smoked by human beings. Three different potencies and a placebo were used. I’m not sure if I find it ironic or simply amusing that NIDA supplied the placebo. Ironically amusing?
Second; the dose — 25 milligrams (of one of the four) was administered three times a day, for five days. It took me about five minutes to flash on the amount. Folks, 25 milligrams is 25 thousandths of a gram. I know you know that but I thought I’d point it out anyway. I’m having a hard time imagining what 25 milligrams of cannabis looks like. That’s miniscule, man. Miniscule.
Thirdly, given the dosage, I was surprised by the results. Using the old numbered pain chart scale the subjects reported a drop of point 7. Yeah, I know that doesn’t sound like much but, for a person that’s tormented with chronic pain almost a point means something (‘sides, remember the size of the dose). Secondarily the patients reported falling asleep more easily. If I recall correctly there was only one person that had a sensation of feeling high. I find that surprising; that someone got stoned on 25 milligrams of cannabis, that is.
The study has been published by CMAJ Research in a PDF format. It’s got cool charts and everything! I’m not sure what the hell some of them are telling me, but still… I’ve merely glossed over it here. If you would care to take a gander yourself, place your cursor over the “25 mg” below and depress the left side of your mouse… or something.