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Does cannabis help with pain relief? Or is it all in your head?

According to new research, the placebo response –- the appearance of improvement in a person’s physical or mental health after taking a placebo or ‘dummy’ treatment — amounts to 67% of the pain relief associated with genuine cannabinoids. Looking into 20 studies using cannabis for pain control in over 1,450 people between the ages of 33 and 62, researchers found no difference in self-reported pain relief between the use of cannabis or placebo in the clinical trials.

A unique part of the study examined the role of news and social media for the placebo effect in cannabis clinical trials. Researchers found positive media coverage after each of the cannabis clinical trials, even when the study results were less than spectacular, meaning the “buzz” may actually boost the placebo effect.

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