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Posted on 12/12/2005 11:26:03 AM PST by minus_273
Woman died on cannabis drug trial
Sativex is made from the cannabis plant A woman developed mental health problems and later died after taking part in trials of a cannabis-based drug, an inquest has heard.
Diabetic Rene Anderson, aged 69 from Sheffield, was taken to hospital after starting to take Sativex to see if it would relieve pain she was suffering.
She died in March 2004 from acute kidney failure.
The continuing inquest is expected to have implications for the use of drugs derived from cannabis.
Mrs Anderson, a retired supermarket supervisor from Silkstone Close in Frecheville, had been taking part in a trial supervised by diabetes expert Dr Solomon Tesfaye.
He told the court he wanted to investigate whether cannabis could provide useful relief from the severe pain experienced by diabetic neuropathy sufferers.
Sativex, which is not yet licensed in the UK but has been granted a licence in Canada, had shown good results in multiple sclerosis sufferers, Dr Resfaye said.
He was first aware of Mrs Anderson's case when her family complained about her mental problems just days after her treatment began.
Admitted to hospital
The doctor said the dose of the drug, which is taken using an oral spray, was reduced but Mrs Anderson's daughter, Jackie Sadler, rang back two weeks later to tell of her mother's deterioration.
Sheffield coroner Chris Dorries heard how Mrs Anderson suffered a series of physical problems after she was admitted to hospital in October 2003, 23 days after starting to take Sativex
These included pneumonia which culminated in her death five months later.
The coroner said the purpose of the inquest was to examine what links there were, if any, between the experimental treatment and the physical deterioration which led to Mrs Anderson's death.
The inquest, which began on Monday, is expected to last five or six days.
Nobody died from pot until the drug companies decided to make it safe.
Can anyone show she didn't have mental problems before "taking" pot?
She wasn't "taking pot."
ROTFL you noob.
there pot with out the active chemical is just any other plant (hemp or whatever) . she was consuming what people consume pot for.
she wasnt smoking it, she was using it as s drug. you take medicine dont you?
Seems like the woman had some major problems before the the drug therapy started. I wonder what else she was taking...
Are you kidding? Rationalizing drug use is an art to them -- an addiction and a way of life, more than the drugs themselves.
This only makes them more hungry.
You put me in the mind of the grandmother of a friend of mine, who took him aside during a college break to express her hope that he'd never "shot weed."
"Up In Smoke"
"Anyone else not surprised she developed mental problems after taking pot?"
LOL! I was under the assumption pot, naturally grown and not tampered with man made additives already made pot smokers mental. It's why they smoke that stench to begin with, flee reality, another way to get lung cancer, etc. Ya know(sarc) the real world is much too scary for some over grown kids.
I would say that in this case diabetes accounted for all her helath problems.
People die from marijuana pneumonitis and allergic reactions all the time. The demented potheads would have you believe that marijuana is as pure as the driven snow and wholesome.
used "take" becasue you take medicine you dont smoke it and rarely have i heard anyone say eat medicine (as in magic brownies). What word would you have used?
bump for later