Medicinal cannabis to manage chronic pain? We don’t have evidence it works

Associate Professor Michael Vagg

Conjoint Clinical Associate Professor, Deakin University School of Medicine and Specialist Pain Medicine Physician, Deakin University, Victoria.

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As a pain specialist, I often have patients asking me whether they should try medicinal cannabis. There’s a common perception it can be an effective way to manage chronic pain. But two expert groups have recently recommended against medicinal cannabis for people suffering persistent non-cancer pain. The International Association for the Study of Pain published a position statement last ...

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