Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Birgit Kraft, MD Biography

Title:
Anesthesiologist in the Department of Special Anesthesia and Pain Therapy at the Medical University of Vienna
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The surprising result of our study was the absence of any kind of analgesic activity of THC-standardized cannabis extract on experimentally induced pain using well-established human model procedures. Our results also seem to support the impression that high doses of cannabinoids may even cause increased sensitivity in certain pain conditions.”

“Medical Pot Ineffective as Acute Pain Treatment,” Forbes.com, June 23, 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:
  • Anesthesiologist, Department of Special Anesthesia and Pain Therapy, Medical University of Vienna (Austria)
Education:
  • MD, school unknown
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Severe / Chronic Pain?