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As the debate on whether marijuana should be legalized nationwide rages across the U.S., our neighbors to the north are touting the benefits of the herb as an alternative medicine.
Some research on the efficacy of marijuana as a pain reliever suggests that smoking cannabis may effectively alleviate discomfort, as well as reduce nausea and potentially treat glaucoma.
However, use of the herb as a topical medication has not yet been tested, and is unlikely to be beneficial since marijuana's effects are thought to take place in the brain.
A Huffington Post article reported on a University of California, San Diego study which showed that marijuana is more effective than a placebo in easing muscle spasms and pain resulting from neurological illnesses.
"There is good evidence now that cannabinoids may be either an adjunct or a first-line treatment," said researcher Igor Grant, quoted by the news source.