Painkillers could lessen marijuana side effects
The negative side effects of medical marijuana, such as memory or learning problems, may be reduced or even eliminated by the use of certain painkillers, according to a new study.
The findings could help patients who use medical marijuana to relieve symptoms for chronic pain or conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and some types of cancers, by keeping the drug’s benefits while reducing side effects, researchers at Louisiana State University said.
In the study, published in the journal Cell, the scientists conducted experiments on mice involving the marijuana’s active ingredient, THC, a prescription pain reliever (Celebrex) and an over-the-counter pain reliever (ibuprofen).
The results showed that when the mice were given either pain reliever in combination with THC, they experienced fewer cognitive side effects.
The findings suggest that medical marijuana, whose use is limited by the unwanted side effects, could be used more broadly in the future. The researchers said they plan to conduct experiments to determine if the findings hold true for humans.