Local universities leading the way in medical marijuana research

Ian Bush
May 01, 2018 - 10:34 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Surprising results from several recent medical marijuana studies carried out by Philadelphia universities can potentially have a wide impact on patient care. 

Despite the federal laws designed to keep pot off limits, scientists at the CannabisLearn convention in Center City said there is hope for people who otherwise would be prescribed opioids, or would have nowhere else to turn.

"It seems that the treatment of pain is the most promising," noted Sara Jane Ward, assistant professor at Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine.

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Ward said research shows the benefits of certain cannabis compounds for patients with a spinal cord injury, after dental work or following chemotherapy.

"It's extremely effective protection against chemotherapeutic-induced neuropathic pain," she added.

Pennsylvania law is the most permissive when it comes to studying and researching marijuana. Medical schools are partnering with marijuana growers to become state-certified Academic Clinical Research Centers with clinical registrants. The health department will approve eight registrants maximum.