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What is Chronic Pain?
While acute pain comes and goes, chronic pain is a condition that remains over a long period of time. As a result, it can have a tremendous impact on quality of life. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial injury, but some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.
What Does Medical Marijuana Do For Chronic Pain?
Cannabinoids, when processed by the human body, have tremendous effects on some of the body’s more important functions: hunger, mood, energy, inflammation, and even pain. One of the reasons more and more patients experiencing chronic pain are turning to Medical Marijuana in Florida is that medical cannabis is shown to regulate the sensation of pain throughout all stages of pain processing by the body. The endocannabinoid system in the human body is able to produce analgesic effects by stimulating what are known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
CB1 receptors are located in the central and peripheral nervous systems. These receptors have control over not only neurotransmission of pain throughout the body, but emotional pain as well. CB2 receptors can be found in the body’s immune cells and also help to regulate and minimize pain.
Marijuana and Chronic Neck or Back Pain
Research has found that up to 97% of medical marijuana patients use the product to treat chronic pain. Additionally, medical marijuana has been found to be one of the safest methods of treating chronic pain. When it comes to pain, research indicates that neuropathy and cancer related pains have seen the best success with treating the condition using medical marijuana. Additionally, medical cannabis has been shown to improve muscle spasms, particularly in those suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Can Marijuana Replace Opioids?
In a recent study in which 3,000 medical marijuana patients were polled, about ⅓ stated they had used opioids for pain the the past 6 months. The majority affirmed that marijuana provided equal relief, without the negative side effects. In fact, 97% of those polled indicated that they were able to take less opioids thanks to medical marijuana, with another 81% stating that marijuana by itself was more effective at managing pain than cannabis combined with opioids.
Possible Side Effects of Medical Marijuana
As with any other medication, consult with your prescribing medical cannabis doctor for delivery method, dosing, and other recommendations to give you the most relief. Millions of individuals have had tremendous success treating pain with medical marijuana. Side-effects are possible and can include decreased blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, and increased heart rate. If you are experiencing these side effects, consult with your prescribing physician immediately. Medical Marijuana has also been known to alter the effects of other medications, especially sedatives, so always let your doctor know of any other medications you may be taking.
Read what others say about Medical Marijuana and Chronic Pain
– 3 months on medical cannabis
– Degenerative Disc Disorder
Since beginning Medical Marijuana my life has improved so very much! It has lessened my pain and my anxiety/panic attacks have virtually disappeared! Also, it used to take me 2-3 hours at night to fall asleep because my mind would just be on overload… now I can take a couple of hits with my vapor pen and actually RELAX enough to fall asleep within 30-45 minutes… BIG CHANGE for me in that area! I take a very LOW dose with only 1% THC..it took a couple of tries to get my “cocktail” right as I absolutely HATED that paranoia feeling but with the low dose of the THC I would recommend MM to anyone with severe pain, anxiety, sleep disorders, nausea, you name it, it HELPS. If you can relax your body and mind that helps a tremendous amount with virtually anything that impairs your life. Dr. Dorn is a very caring and personable man… you are not just another person on paper to him. He genuinely cares about his patients and his office staff are quick and efficient. No matter how you feel about “pot” the Medical Marijuana is not a “high” it helps with everything!
– 12 months on medical cannabis
– Severe and Chronic Pain
Medical marijuana gave me my life back. I developed neurological atypical facial pain in September 2016. Two neurologists had no idea what was wrong with me, but a third diagnosed my condition. My excruciating pain is bilateral and moves all over my face. No medication that the neurologist has prescribed has helped and has only given me severe side effects. I decided to try medical marijuana. Dr. Dorn was kind, helpful, understanding, and sympathetic. I didn’t expect to get any relief, but I was astounded that only a small dosage took the pain away for 2 to 8 hours or more. I can make plans again, work again, enjoy life again, all because of medical marijuana. It saved my life.
– 3 months on medical cannabis
– Arthritis, insomnia, chronic pain
– Previously treated with a nonbenzodiazepine sleep medication
Chronic arthritis and insomnia have plagued me for decades. In addition, 2 joint replacement surgeries last year resulted in even more pain and sleeplessness. Although offered [a nonbenzodiazepine sleep medication] by my doctor, I hated taking it due to the side effects, let alone the threat of addition to this dangerous drug. Thanks to a medical marijuana prescription, I have achieved a consistent sleep pattern and pain management, without the risk of traditional medications. This should be an option for Americans in every state, and not held up due to lobbyists for large pharmaceuticals. I’m convinced there is no better, AND SAFER, option for me to live a comfortable and pain free life.