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Medical Marijuana and Severe Pain

What Is Severe Pain?

Severe pain is an unpleasant feeling that is often caused by a very intense or damaging stimulus. Severe pain is caused by unpleasant conditions such as a specific disease or varying type of cancer. Pain can motivate a patient to withdraw from any damaging situations in order to protect a damaged body part while it heals. Most pain resolves promptly once the pain stimulus is removed and the body has healed.


In the United States alone, severe pain is one of the most common reasons for physician consultation. It is a major symptom in many medical conditions and is responsible for significantly being able to interfere with a person's quality of life and general functioning.

Medical Marijuana and Severe Pain

Medical Marijuana is one of the most beneficial forms of treatment for a condition like severe pain. Aside from marijuana's analgesic effects, the plant also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling. It can also work very well as an adjunct to other medications. Although opioid medications are effective in treating the pain in the beginning, over time, a tolerance can develop causing the patient to take more and more. Research has shown that except for the potential damage to the lungs, medical marijuana is safer than many of the legal drugs used for pain.

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