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Microdose with THC against chronic pain

by Ties Inc.

2020-07-08-Microdosing with THC against chronic pain

Most people only know microdosing from the use of tiny doses of psychedelic drugs such as truffles, magic mushrooms and LSD. However, microdosing THC also appears to be effective in pain relief.

Microdosing THC proved effective for pain relief at miniscule doses. The use of very small, subperceptual doses of a compound - microdosing - is almost exclusively associated with psychedelics. However, some medical marijuana users have claimed that microdosing THC has its own benefits, a new study confirms. The research comes from the Israeli medical technology company Syqe Medical, which reports that microdosing of THC can have a profound impact on chronic pain.

Microdosing against medical conditions

Some compounds, which are most known for recreational use, may also have some medical benefits. For example, psilocybin is used to treat cluster headaches and ketamine for therapies. Cannabis is one such compound with potential medical uses, including THC, the medical company reports.

The study found that 500 micrograms of THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, can provide pain relief without the associated 'high' induced by the plant. Patients in the study would inhale the THC, taking three to four puffs a day of up to 500 micrograms - this is significantly less than the estimated 150.000 micrograms used by medical cannabis patients on a daily basis.

Precision delivery inhaler

How do you take such small doses of THC? The researchers used the Syqe Selective-Dose Inhaler, a device that offers very high dosing precision. This is the first time a study has shown that THC microdosing has a remarkable impact on the patients who use it. The THC microdoses were found to have no significant side effects, such as the kind that can occur with taking high doses of the compound. Perry Davidson, CEO of Syqe Medical, said:

This study is the first to show that human sensitivity to THC is significantly greater than previously believed. Which indicates that if we can treat patients with much greater precision, fewer drugs are needed, resulting in fewer side effects and an overall more effective treatment. Syqe drug delivery technology also applies to opioids and other compounds that, while potentially effective, are notoriously associated with dangerous side effects. The introduction of a tool to prescribe drugs at such low doses with such high resolution may enable us to achieve treatment results that were not previously possible.

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