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Thursday, 9 August, 2007

Weed spray ok'd for cancer pain

. The drug, sprayed under the tongue, is intended as a therapeutic adjunct, for patients who haven't had decent relief with opioids.
Pot-based drugs are seldom used (legally) for medicinal purposes outside of clinical trials, and Canada is leading the pack in terms of access to it. Sativex is already available in the UK and Spain, although access in those countries is tighter than here.

Depending on your viewpoint, you'll be relieved or disappointed by the manufacturer's insistence that Sativex doesn't offer the psychotropic effects pot-heads typically seek, reports the . I'm not sure how that works, considering Sativex contains THC, the main psychotropic compound in marijuana. At any rate, at $125 per vial, Dr Allan Gordon of Toronto’s Wasser Pain Management Centre at Mount Sinai notes that it wouldn't the most cost-efficient way to get high.

Canadian pain docs are pleased to have another drug option in their arsenal. "There's an unmet need there and finally we're seeing some attention being paid to the problem," Dr Gordon told the Globe and Mail.

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