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Medical Marijuana and Epididymitis

What Is Epididymitis?

Epididymitis occurs when the epididymis becomes swollen. The epididymis is a tube behind the testicle that supplies sperm to the vas deferens before ejaculation occurs. There is one of these tubes attached to each testicle in males. This illness can happen to any male. However, males between 14 and 35 years of age are more likely to experience epididymis swelling.  Epididymitis is caused by infection. The infection can occur due to presence of bacteria or co-occur with sexually transmitted infections. The infection may spread to the testicles as well. What symptoms appear with this illness will depend on what is causing the inflammation of the testicles. Sexually transmitted infections cause symptoms of their own, so individuals with sexually transmitted infection-related epididymitis can expect to experience both the symptoms of the infection and of the epididymitis. Potential symptoms include pain in the scrotum and/or testicles, swelling of the scrotum and/or testicles, fever, chills, pain during intercourse, pain during urination, pain during bowel movements, blood in semen, penile discharge and a lump on the affected testicle. (Symptoms that involve the testicles tend to affect only one testicle -- the one with the swollen epididymis.)

Medical Marijuana and Epididymitis

Epididymitis and Medical Marijuana 

Epididymitis can be treated with medication, but it can also become chronic. When the cause is a bacterial or sexually transmitted infection, an antibiotic is indicated and can help rid the body of the infection. In the meantime, medical marijuana can help ease scrotal and testicular pain in many sufferers. Medical marijuana is also helpful for chronic pain in some patients, so it can provide relief for some individuals who have chronic epididymitis. While medical marijuana, like any other medication, does not work as well for some as well as it does for others, it has shown promise in even treatment resistant cases of pain and discomfort. 

Medical Marijuana and Pain Associated With Epididymitis 

Numerous studies have been conducted on the efficacy of medical marijuana treatment for pain. While the pain relieving effects of medical marijuana are often found to be mild, they do exist. Furthermore, they seem to be more effective on some users than others, showing that medical marijuana can be a safe substitute for potentially dangerous pain medications. 

According to Dr. Mark Wallace of the University of California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, a study of fifteen individuals was conducted using smoked cannabis to treat medically induced pain. The study showed that a medium dose of cannabis resulted in noticeable reduction in pain. However, it also showed that a high dose actually increased pain. The reason for this increase in pain for some of the study's participants is unknown. A doctor can prescribe the proper dose for dealing with epididymitis pain. As per their objective, the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research will continue to do research into the treatment possibilities for medical marijuana, including pain. 

The History of Medical Marijuana for Pain and Epididymitis

Anecdotal evidence for the efficacy of medical marijuana as treatment for pain dates back as far as the beginning of the Current Era. That is more than two thousand years of people using marijuana to relieve their pain. Even a physician in Roman Emperor Nero's army was a proponent for the use of medical marijuana to relieve pain. History also shows a respect for the intoxicating nature of the plant with 15th century Muslim law allowing medicinal use of marijuana, but not recreational use.

Like many other medicinal plants, it took some time before its use carried over into modern western medicine. Nonetheless, as early as the 1800s, tests were being conducted on the plant's efficacy as a medical treatment. Since that time, sufferers with a variety of ailments have testified to the ability of marijuana to relieve the pain caused by their sundry conditions. Like most pain medications, it works for some conditions and some patients, but not for others. Its potential to ease the pain of epididymitis cannot be ignored. Individuals with chronic epididymitis may find that the oldest and most simple solution to their pain management problems is medical marijuana.

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