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Neuropathy

Treating Neuropathy with Medical Marijuana

What is Neuropathy?

 Neuropathy is when the nerves within your body, specifically the nerves outside of your spinal cord and brain, are damaged. This damage often leads to pretty significant systems. The nerves which are damaged are typically responsible for sending info between your nervous system within the brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. As a result, damage to these nerves often leads to great discomfort, pain, and weakness. Fortunately, the state of Florida recognizes neuropathy as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. If you or a loved one are interested in consulting with a Florida medical marijuana doctor about treating neuropathy with cannabis, take our qualifying survey today!

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Symptoms of Neuropathy

Symptoms of Neuropathy can include, but are not limited to:

  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Burning sensation
  • Sharp pain
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle paralysis
  • Twitching
  • Cramps
  • Excessive sweating
  • Trouble controlling bowels
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dizziness
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Neuropathy and Medical Marijuana

The endocannabinoid system plays an important role in treating neuropathy, by maintaining the homeostasis of the body and plays a direct role in symptoms of neuropathy, such as inflammation and pain. The use of cannabis and the resulting cannabinoids, CBD and THC, have shown significant promise in treating neuropathic pain. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30526755

 

Side Effects of Cannabis for Neuropathy

Side effects of marijuana use can include changes in:

  • Sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Memory
  • Appetite
  • Mood
  • Reaction Time
  • Paranoia

Medical Marijuana Doctor Near Me

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Neuropathy in Florida and are interested in how medical marijuana may be able to help you, take our qualification survey and schedule an appointment today!

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Read what others say about Medical Marijuana and Neuropathy

Medical Marijuana to Treat Neuropathy

Neuropathy is the name for a group of disorders that cause pain, numbness and other abnormal feelings. With a range of painful and uncomfortable symptoms, living with neuropathy can be unsettling. Luckily, the state of Florida recognizes neuropathy as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, which may significantly reduce its symptoms and help you regain your quality of life.

Symptoms of Neuropathy

Neuropathy is an incredibly uncomfortable and often painful condition. With various forms of neuropathy, this condition comes with a range of symptoms that can include:

  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Burning sensation
  • Sharp pain
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle paralysis
  • Twitching
  • Cramps
  • Excessive sweating
  • Trouble controlling bowels
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dizziness

Types of Neuropathy

There are countless types of neuropathy that can affect a person. They are often associated with underlying conditions, such as cancer or diabetes, but neuropathy can also occur due to injury. Common forms of neuropathy include:

Mononeuropathy

Mononeuropathy is a form of neuropathy that affects only one or a few nerves in a group. Although this sort of neuropathy is typically caused by physical trauma or injury, it can also be caused by prolonged nerve pressure resulting from too much time spent sitting in a chair or sleeping.

Polyneuropathy

Polyneuropathy describes neuropathy that affects multiple nerves and nerve types, causing widespread dysfunction across your peripheral nervous system. This condition usually occurs when an underlying health problem (i.e. cancer, diabetes or multiple sclerosis) causes many different peripheral nerves to malfunction at the same time.

Traditional Treatments for Neuropathy

Treatments for neuropathy center around maintaining nerve health and providing symptomatic pain relief. Lifestyle changes such as exercising, avoiding alcohol, and maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent further nerve damage. Bracing may also help alleviate pressure on the affected nerves.

Certain medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and antidepressants may help relieve painful symptoms. However, not every patient feels comfortable with these medications or responds to them in a positive way.

What is Medical Cannabis?

Medical cannabis, also known as medical marijuana, is used to treat various types of illnesses. Cannabis contains a number of pharmacological compounds called cannabinoids. These naturally occurring pharmacological agents interact with specific receptors in the body to produce a therapeutic effect on your system, which can be used for medical treatment of chronic pain and other debilitating conditions.

Medical cannabis is prescribed with the goal of improving the quality of life for patients. While there are still side effects associated with medical marijuana, many patients find the symptoms to be less severe than those associated with traditional prescription medications.

Medical Marijuana for Treating Neuropathy

Cannabis has been found helpful in treating neuropathic pain associated with many different diseases such as multiple sclerosis, cancer and diabetes. The endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating many of the body's most basic functions, including pain sensation, appetite, moods and memory.

Cannabis works by binding to cannabinoid receptors, which are located throughout your central nervous system, as well as various other parts of your body, such as muscles, connective tissues, glands and organs. This binding action triggers the release of neurotransmitters, which reduce pain sensation by limiting the amount of pain signals transmitted to your brain.

Treat Neuropathy with Medical Marijuana in Florida

Florida medical marijuana laws allow any patient suffering from a qualifying chronic or debilitating disease to receive a prescription for cannabis medicine through a qualified doctor.

If you suffer from neuropathy, the Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida (MMTCFL) can find out if you are eligible to use medical marijuana in your treatment plan. With MMTCFL, you can see if you qualify for a medical marijuana registration card. To take the first step, take our online eligibility survey.

Margaret, 89, Summerfield

Margaret, 89
Summerfield Medical Marijuana Doctor

– 2 months on medical cannabis
– Severe and chronic pain, arthritis

I have suffered terribly with post-herpetic neuropathy (after-shingles nerve damage), causing pain at night that is easily a 9/10 on a scale of 10, plus severe arthritis, back and leg pain. Since taking CBD tincture for two months, I have NO shingles pain during the night and, for the first time in almost 5 years, I’m getting a full night’s sleep! I also have days where I feel better all over than I have in the past 20 years! I find the results miraculous and the answer to a prayer. My quality of life has totally changed for the good.

T.M., 53, St. Petersburg

T.M., 53
St. Petersburg Medical Marijuana Doctor

– 5 months on medical cannabis
– Neuropathy‎, blood disorder, panic disorder, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes
– Previously treated with opiates

I sought pain relief from opiates for more 12 years, per my neurologist. They were doing no good for my pain nor my health, more habit than relief. I have multiple disorders and am completely disabled, unable to work. I began to realize the pain killers were killing me, not the pain, and slowing me down.

I have long believed in the medical uses of marijuana. If only our state government and federal government would just stay out of it. I learned to listen to body and it tells me what works for what hurts, and pills only kill people, it only delays the pain and harms the body where natural herbal treatment has helped from day ONE! No side effects, I am still working on finding the right levels for me, but that will come in time, for now it is working better than any pill ever did.

I found it disheartening to have lost my younger brother in 2001 to opiates at his age of 31, after his abuse and overdose I began to wonder if Florida was ever going to see the truth of natural remedies for pain are much better and effective at controlling the pain. I haven’t ever heard of overdosing on pot. In my opinion it’s more than just good for pain, but does not affect the bodily functions as do many other drugs. It has only helped through and through, finally relief I can believe in.

Thank you. No more opiates. I have a blood disorder, panic disorder, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. My day starts with pain and my activity is limited, yet I’m lucky to still be here, at least I’ve found something good in natural medicine rather than poppy seed derivatives or worse. I worked in field service for 16 years after five years of communications electronics working on the bench to component level design and test. I needed movement in my day! Now I’m lucky to to still be able to walk. I do have diabetes, and the neuropathy came from massive blood clot pulmonary, COPD, etc. Cannabis is certainly been the best treatment for my condition so far without a doubt.