San Mateo launches federally approved study of medical marijuana |

San Mateo launches federally approved study of medical marijuana

Associated Press

SAN MATEO, Calif. – The first federally approved-study to determine whether medical marijuana is an effective drug to control pain associated with AIDS was launched Tuesday by San Mateo County Health Center officials.

Participants must have used marijuana before and be willing to keep a detailed log of their drug use – prescribed and recreational – for the duration of the study, according to Dr. Dennis Israelski, chief of infectious diseases and AIDS medicine at the center.

Staff have already begun looking for 60 participants among the Center’s patients. Participants must be HIV-positive and suffer from neuropathy, which is pain in the limbs.

In November the federal government authorized the use of marijuana confiscated by law enforcement to be transferred to the hospital for the study.

Participants will receive 15 cigarettes over a prescribed time from the hospital pharmacy, which has been fitted with a special refrigeration unit secure the drug and maintain a consistent quality.


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