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Medical Marijuana and Peripheral Neuropathy

Medical Marijuana and Peripheral Neuropathy
Because Peripheral Neuropathy is often something a patient must learn to live with for life, pain medications may become part of a daily routine. For those with severe pain, or who have built up a tolerance for the more mild pain medications, opiate based pain medications are necessary. Although they may work to relieve the pain, opiate based pain medications carry with them the risk of dependence or addiction. Medical marijuana is an alternative to opiate based pain medication that may offer the same pain relief without the negative side effects of opiate based pain medications.
Medical Marijuana and Peripheral Neuropathy: Clinical Evidence
Marijuana has a long history of use a an analgesic, or pain reliever. Numerous cultures around the world have used marijuana as an effective pain medication for centuries. Recent studies in the United States and other countries have confirmed the efficacy of medical marijuana as an alternative to, or in conjunction with, opiate based pain medications. One recent study showed that by including medical marijuana in the daily medication regimen of patients suffering from sever, chronic pain, the subjects were able to significantly reduce their opiate based pain medication while still experiencing relief from pain.
A recent study conducted by San Francisco General Hospital, focused directly on patients suffering from HIV-related Peripheral Neuropathy. In this study, participants were divided into two groups, one that smoked real marijuana three times a day and one that was given a placebo cigarette that contained no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. Not surprisingly, the trial showed that the group that smoked real marijuana had a 34 percent reduction in pain, while the control group reported only a 17 percent reduction. Once again, the medicinal benefits of marijuana were shown to be beneficial to sufferers of chronic pain --in this case specifically caused as a result of Peripheral Neuropathy.

Medical Marijuana and Peripheral Neuropathy

Because Peripheral Neuropathy is often something a patient must learn to live with for life, pain medications may become part of a daily routine. For those with severe pain, or who have built up a tolerance for the more mild pain medications, opiate based pain medications are necessary. Although they may work to relieve the pain, opiate based pain medications carry with them the risk of dependence or addiction. Medical marijuana is an alternative to opiate based pain medication that may offer the same pain relief without the negative side effects of opiate based pain medications.

Medical Marijuana and Peripheral Neuropathy: Clinical Evidence

Marijuana has a long history of use a an analgesic, or pain reliever. Numerous cultures around the world have used marijuana as an effective pain medication for centuries. Recent studies in the United States and other countries have confirmed the efficacy of medical marijuana as an alternative to, or in conjunction with, opiate based pain medications. One recent study showed that by including medical marijuana in the daily medication regimen of patients suffering from sever, chronic pain, the subjects were able to significantly reduce their opiate based pain medication while still experiencing relief from pain.

A recent study conducted by San Francisco General Hospital, focused directly on patients suffering from HIV-related Peripheral Neuropathy. In this study, participants were divided into two groups, one that smoked real marijuana three times a day and one that was given a placebo cigarette that contained no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. Not surprisingly, the trial showed that the group that smoked real marijuana had a 34 percent reduction in pain, while the control group reported only a 17 percent reduction. Once again, the medicinal benefits of marijuana were shown to be beneficial to sufferers of chronic pain --in this case specifically caused as a result of Peripheral Neuropathy.

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