Nonopioid Analgesics

Although the opioids are considered the most effective drugs for the treatment of pain, THC (delta9-TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL), the active constituent of MARIJUANA, has some pain-relieving properties, but it is not as effective as morphine in this respect. Very large doses of drugs such as Alcohol and the Barbiturates also appear to relieve pain; however, these effects do not represent true analgesia, since they only occur at doses of alcohol and the barbiturates that produce a loss of consciousness. Thus, the organism's lack of response to painful stimuli is simply an inability to respond.

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