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Barth Wilsey, MD Biography

Director of the University of California at Davis Analgesic Research Center
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“Cannabis may be effective at ameliorating neuropathic pain, and may be an alternative for patients who do not respond to, or cannot tolerate, other drugs. However, the use of marijuana as medicine may be limited by its method of administration [smoking] and modest acute cognitive effects, particularly at higher doses.”

“A Randomized, Placebo Controlled Cross-Over Trial of Cannabis Cigarettes in Neuropathic Pain,” Journal of Pain: , June 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Physician, Psychiatry department, University of California at San Diego
  • Former Director, University of California at Davis (UC Davis) Analgesic Research Center
  • Former Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, UC Davis
  • Former Chair, Institutional Review Board, Clinical Committee B
  • Fellowship, Medical College of Virginia, 1994-1995
  • Residency, UC Davis Medical Center, 1974-1977
  • Medical internship, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 1973-1974
  • Education:
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1973
  • BA, Rutgers University, 1969
  • Other:
  • Specializes in use of fluoroscopically controlled spinal injections to diagnose and treat neck and back pain