The studies when combined to see how medical marijuana shapes up shows its ability to be used for many medical conditions including diseases like HIV, cancer, arthritis, diabetes and others.
In one study smoking medical marijuana by HIV patients reduced their pain intensity by at least 30 percent and the findings were published in the Journal of Neurology. Another study that was done compared HIV patients that smoked medical marijuana with HIV patients that had a placebo.
The findings in this study showed 46 percent of the marijuana smokers showed significant pain relief, while 18 percent of the placebo users reported some pain relief. This study was published in Neuropsychopharmacology.
A study conducted with spinal cord participants show they had a reduction in neuropathic pain, whether smoking a low dose, medium or high dosage of medical marijuana. The higher the dosage of medical marijuana the more pain relief that was reported during the study.