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Medical Marijuana and Endometriosis

Endometriosis, Pain Management and Medical Marijuana Research

Marijuana has long been considered a treatment for pain management. Its pain relieving ability is quite mild compared to other medications. However, medical marijuana appears to have properties that help individuals cope with pain. There is also some evidence to suggest that it is helpful to use with opiates in order to keep opiate dosage low. It also appears to help opiates reduce pain.

Medical marijuana is unlikely to work in treatment of endometriosis itself. There is not any evidence to suggest that medical marijuana can decrease the production of uterine lining to any significant extent. Therefore, the only use medical marijuana can have in the treatment of endometriosis is in pain management. Numerous studies show that medical marijuana does have some pain relieving properties that appear to vary by individual. Some people can experience great relief from pain on medical marijuana and others experience very little or none. Like all medications, people react in different ways. 

Endometriosis and Medical Marijuana Studies 

A study conducted at UCSF showed that cannabinoids combined with opiates resulted in greater reduction of pain with a lower dosage of opiates than if the cannabinoid had not been used. Chronic pain sufferers in this study reported up to 33 percent reduction in pain despite being given a lower dose of their opiate pain relievers. Dr. Donald Abrams states that their next step is to do another study that includes different medical marijuana types and potentially placebos so the results of this study can be confirmed. 

The pain produced by endometriosis can only be described as chronic if the underlying condition is not treated. Therefore, long-term treatment is necessary. Over time, women who are taking prescription medications can become addicted to or experience less relief from these pain relievers. While tolerance to medical marijuana may increase over time, it has been shown that the risks of medical marijuana are far fewer than those of opiates. There is no known risk of death from marijuana overdose or overuse and that is not for lack of research. People have been using marijuana for thousands of years and there is not one single documented case of a medical emergency resulting from an overdose.

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