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For Many Patients, Cannabis May Offer the Best Medicinal Pain Relief Yet Discovered

•, by Raw Michelle
 The studies provided a glimpse of something that intrigued health care researchers. While the plant's effects were entirely congruent with the goal of healing, the methodology used by the plant's chemicals was very different from those employed by typical pharmaceuticals. To developers, cannabis suddenly represented a precedent for a whole new type of medicine. With over 88 pharmacologically active substances, cannabis introduced hundreds of new compounds to the medical world. The institute's report concluded that further research into cannabis' potential would be of great value to the field.

However, further research was very limited, stifled by cannabis' legal status and social stigma. The legal status forces researchers to expend an overwhelming amount of time and effort to get permission to conduct the studies. The social stigma causes institutes to be less likely to receive funding for the projects, and that researchers are sacrificing their reputation in the professional world. That also means most of the studies conducted are federally funded.

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