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Case Report: Patient With Life-Threatening Angioedema Responds Favorably To Inhaled Cannabis

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director August 18, 2015

    Inhaling cannabis is associated with the remission of refractory idiopathic angioedema, according to a clinical report published in the journal Case Reports in Immunology. Angioedema is a condition characterized by rapid swelling under the skin in regions around the face and throat, which may result in airway obstruction or suffocation.

    Investigators from the Soroka University Medical Center in Israel reported on the progress of a 27-year-old male patient with life-threatening, recurrent angioedema of unknown origin. Doctors placed the patient on a regiment of 20 grams of inhaled cannabis monthly after he failed to respond favorably to prescribed steroids and antihistamines.

    Authors reported: “The use of inhaled cannabis resulted in a complete response, and he has been free of symptoms for 2 years. An attempt to withhold the inhaled cannabis led to a recurrent attack within a week, and resuming cannabis maintained the remission, suggesting a cause and effect relationship.”

    They concluded: “This is the first report in which a cannabis product for the treatment of refractory idiopathic angioedema was associated with an excellent clinical response. … More research into the exact mechanism of action of cannabis products in cases of idiopathic angioedema and on the modulation of the immune response in general is indicated.”

    The Israeli government has authorized the limited production and distribution of marijuana as a medical treatment since 2011, and preparations of the plant are expected to be available in pharmacies imminently.

    Full text of the report, “Life threatening idiopathic recurrent angioedema responding to cannabis,” appears online here.

    23 Responses to “Case Report: Patient With Life-Threatening Angioedema Responds Favorably To Inhaled Cannabis”

    1. elelo says:

      We all know it’s good for you. we just need to let everyone else know it.

    2. mexweed says:

      If Israeli cannabis, as I would expect from the above account, is of highest quality (at least compared to U Miss) there may be an opportunity here to promote world peace by exporting some of it to Iran! (Supposedly North Korea doesn’t need any?)

    3. Galileo Galilei says:

      One guy. That’s a pretty small sample size. We need to see if we can duplicate these results in others suffering from the disease.

    4. YearofAction says:

      More good news this year!

      Did the patient destroy some cannabinoids by burning the cannabis, or did he merely heat it enough to inhale them?

      [Paul Armentano responds: According to the case report, the subject engaged in smoking, not vaporization: “In this case, the patient smoked medical grade marijuana.”]

    5. Miss Misty says:

      Oh, no, this cannot be!
      We all know that cannabis is a Schedule I narcotic substance with no medicinal value at all.
      Please stop printing all of this science and stick to the law !

    6. Ray says:

      “Marijuana is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. ” pg.73 2015 DEA/Drug Fact Sheet.
      http://www.dea.gov/druginfo/factsheets.shtml

      Someone is not being honest, and a whole lot of people went to prison because of this paragraph. Maybe it only works in Isreal?

    7. The aparent outsider says:

      Wait…. what……you mean marijuana has positive effects…..medically. one might venture to conclude that contrary to the current schedule 1 status, marijuana does possess medical benefits when smoked…… I wonder what US congress, or The president himself should do with his “All Mighty” pen???

      Owww never mind the study was done outside the USA, rendering the results null and void. Man I almost got excited!

      All the bs aside this is great news for anyone suffering from this illness. One day I hope our government will be as progressed as ISRAEL!!!

    8. Fireweed says:

      There is a youth group that is suing the federal government because of all the misinformation they dispensed about climate change and it appears they are going to move forward with it.

      Should the cannabis culture also file a lawsuit for all the damages of 80 years over cannabis prohibition? If this is so good for me (and I believe it is) why should I be subject to arrest, job loss, fines, and general social marginalization over what is nothing but a big racist elitist corporate lie? What about all the people who have actually suffered damages because of all this misinformation?

    9. Bill Marsh says:

      It’s obvious the pharmaceutical industry has spent billions promoting the gov’t dogma. They make trillions yrly worldwide keeping people sick. Cannabis cannot be patented. Or sho they say. Yet the federal gov’t holds two parents on cannabis to treat disease. They’ve had proof that cannabis has medical benefit for decades. It’s all a huge lie. Time for Obama to take it off the DEA list. Congress has ruled he has the power, without their help.

    10. Bill Marsh says:

      It’s obvious the pharmaceutical industry has spent billions promoting the gov’t dogma. They make trillions yrly worldwide keeping people sick. Cannabis cannot be patented. Or so they say. Yet the federal gov’t holds two patents on cannabis to treat disease. They’ve had proof that cannabis has medical benefit for decades. It’s all a huge lie. Time for Obama to take it off the DEA list. Congress has ruled he has the power, without their help. – See more at: http://blog.norml.org/2015/08/18/case-report-patient-with-life-threatening-angioedema-responds-favorably-to-inhaled-cannabis/comment-page-1/#comment-3553643

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