In a small study that was conducted at San Francisco General Hospital from 2003 to 2005, it was found that smoking marijuana eased HIV-related pain in some patients. This study represents one of the many attempts to find out if the drug supposedly has medical benefits.
The study involved 50 patients who suffered from HIV-related foot pain known as peripheral neuropathy, for which there are no known prescription drugs to treat that kind of pain.
As part of the study, three times daily for nearly a week , the patients smoked marijuana cigarettes that were machine-rolled at the National Institute of Drug Abuse, which happens to be the only legal source for the drug recognized by the federal government.
Half the patients received marijuana, while the other 25 received placebo cigarettes that lacked the drug’s active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol. Scientists said the study was the first one published that used a comparison group, which is generally considered the gold standard for…