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Medical Marijuana and Prostatitis

What Is Prostatitis?

The male prostate gland is a walnut sized gland located just below the bladder. The function of the prostate gland is to produce seminal fluid which is then used to nourish and transport sperm. Prostatitis is the inflammation or swelling of the prostate gland. Sometimes, Prostatits includes a bacterial infection; however, an infection is not always present. Prostatitis is not associated with Prostate Cancer nor does it raise the risk of eventually being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. When a corresponding bacterial infection is not present, the cause of Prostatitis is typically unknown.

Prostatitis can come on rapidly, particularly when a bacterial infection is the cause, or can appear slowly. Difficulty urinating or pain during urination are the most common symptoms of Prostatis. Other symptoms may include pain in the genital, groin or pelvic area, or general flu-like symptoms.
Prostatitis is divided into three categories -- acute bacterial, chronic bacterial, and chronic non-bacterial. Acute Bacterial Prostatitis strikes quickly and represents with chills, fever, severe pain and an increased need to urinate. This form is caused by a sudden bacterial infection that results in the inflammation of the prostate. It can lead to a bladder infection, absesses in the prostrate and even hospitalization. This type of Prostatitis typically treated with intravenous antibiotics ad pain relievers to control the pain associated with the condition. Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis is generally the result of recurrent urinary tract infections. When a man suffers repeated urinary tract infections, the infections can eventually enter the prostrate gland and lead to Prostratitis. The symptoms of the chronic version are similar to that of the acute version; however, they may not be as severe and will tend to come and go. The chronic version is also treated with antibiotics and pain medications. The most common form of Prostratitis is the Chronic Non-Bacterial variety. In this form, the symptoms are typically the same as for the bacterial related form; however, the cause is unknown and, therefore, antibiotics are not used since no infection is present. Anti-inflammatory medications may also be prescribed to reduce the inflammation caused by any of the Prostrititis forms.

The male prostate gland is a walnut sized gland located just below the bladder. The function of the prostate gland is to produce seminal fluid which is then used to nourish and transport sperm. Prostatitis is the inflammation or swelling of the prostate gland. Sometimes, Prostatits includes a bacterial infection; however, an infection is not always present. Prostatitis is not associated with Prostate Cancer nor does it raise the risk of eventually being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. When a corresponding bacterial infection is not present, the cause of Prostatitis is typically unknown.

Prostatitis can come on rapidly, particularly when a bacterial infection is the cause, or can appear slowly. Difficulty urinating or pain during urination are the most common symptoms of Prostatis. Other symptoms may include pain in the genital, groin or pelvic area, or general flu-like symptoms.

Prostatitis is divided into three categories -- acute bacterial, chronic bacterial, and chronic non-bacterial. Acute Bacterial Prostatitis strikes quickly and represents with chills, fever, severe pain and an increased need to urinate. This form is caused by a sudden bacterial infection that results in the inflammation of the prostate. It can lead to a bladder infection, absesses in the prostrate and even hospitalization. This type of Prostatitis typically treated with intravenous antibiotics ad pain relievers to control the pain associated with the condition. Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis is generally the result of recurrent urinary tract infections. When a man suffers repeated urinary tract infections, the infections can eventually enter the prostrate gland and lead to Prostratitis. The symptoms of the chronic version are similar to that of the acute version; however, they may not be as severe and will tend to come and go. The chronic version is also treated with antibiotics and pain medications. The most common form of Prostratitis is the Chronic Non-Bacterial variety. In this form, the symptoms are typically the same as for the bacterial related form; however, the cause is unknown and, therefore, antibiotics are not used since no infection is present. Anti-inflammatory medications may also be prescribed to reduce the inflammation caused by any of the Prostrititis forms.

Medical Marijuana and Prostatitis

Medical Marijuana and Prostatitis
Prostratitis can be an extremely painful condition. Along with causing pain during urination, a sufferer may have extreme pain all through the groin area and may experience pain during sexual intercourse. The level of pain experienced by someone suffering from Prostratitis can be debilitating and impact the ability to work and enjoy life. Although conventional narcotic pain medications can relieve pain, they come with a host of potentially negative side effects. Aside from the risk of addiction, dependence of overdose, narcotic pain medications can also reduce blood pressure and damage internal orgrans. Medical marijuana is a pain relief option that does not come with the long list of potentially dangerous side effects that narcotic pain medications come with.
In addition, medical marijuana can also be used as an anti-inflammatory medication. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are commonly prescribed to reduce inflammation; however, like the narcotic pain medications they also carry the risk of serious side-effects including nausea, vomiting and long-term damage to various internal organs.
Marijuana and Prostatitis: Clinical Evidence
The medicinal value of marijuana has been known by medical practitioners around the world for centuries. In particular, medical marijuana has been used as an analgesic to combat moderate to severe pain by numerous cultures for as far back as we have written records. More recently, several clinical studies have confirmed medical marijuana’s ability to combat pain. Along with confirming that medical marijuana does, indeed, reduce pain levels in patients suffering from pain, it does so without the potentially negative side effects of narcotic based pain medication. A recent study concluded that adding medical marijuana to the daily narcotic pain medications used by sufferers of chronic pain reduced pain levels without increasing the amount of narcotics in the patients’ blood or further slowing the respiratory system.
Along with the more widely know substance, THC, which is responsible for combating pain, medical marijuana contains Cannabidiol, or CBD, an important component of marijuana which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Along with CBD, medical cannabis has been shown to reduce tissue inflammation as a result of the presence of the compound β-caryophyllene. The two together show great promise in clinical studies as excellent anti-inflammatory drugs that do not carry the risk of causing internal damage as do most of the NSAIDs currently used.

Prostratitis can be an extremely painful condition. Along with causing pain during urination, a sufferer may have extreme pain all through the groin area and may experience pain during sexual intercourse. The level of pain experienced by someone suffering from Prostratitis can be debilitating and impact the ability to work and enjoy life. Although conventional narcotic pain medications can relieve pain, they come with a host of potentially negative side effects. Aside from the risk of addiction, dependence of overdose, narcotic pain medications can also reduce blood pressure and damage internal orgrans. Medical marijuana is a pain relief option that does not come with the long list of potentially dangerous side effects that narcotic pain medications come with.

In addition, medical marijuana can also be used as an anti-inflammatory medication. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are commonly prescribed to reduce inflammation; however, like the narcotic pain medications they also carry the risk of serious side-effects including nausea, vomiting and long-term damage to various internal organs.

Marijuana and Prostatitis: Clinical Evidence

The medicinal value of marijuana has been known by medical practitioners around the world for centuries. In particular, medical marijuana has been used as an analgesic to combat moderate to severe pain by numerous cultures for as far back as we have written records. More recently, several clinical studies have confirmed medical marijuana’s ability to combat pain. Along with confirming that medical marijuana does, indeed, reduce pain levels in patients suffering from pain, it does so without the potentially negative side effects of narcotic based pain medication. A recent study concluded that adding medical marijuana to the daily narcotic pain medications used by sufferers of chronic pain reduced pain levels without increasing the amount of narcotics in the patients’ blood or further slowing the respiratory system.

Along with the more widely know substance, THC, which is responsible for combating pain, medical marijuana contains Cannabidiol, or CBD, an important component of marijuana which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Along with CBD, medical cannabis has been shown to reduce tissue inflammation as a result of the presence of the compound β-caryophyllene. The two together show great promise in clinical studies as excellent anti-inflammatory drugs that do not carry the risk of causing internal damage as do most of the NSAIDs currently used.

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