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Medical Marijuana and Causalgia

What Is Causalgia?

Causalgia, also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, is a chronic condition which directly affects the nerves and blood vessels of one or more extremities. It is commonly characterized by extremely uncomfortable burning sensations, skin color changes, swelling and profuse sweating. 

Medical Marijuana and Causalgia

Although the initial cause of the condition is not known, it can often arise as a result of an overactive sympathetic nervous system. Upper extremeties, in particular one's hands are most commonly affected. Initial traumatic or painful events to the limbs or immobilization for long periods of time can also be causes for the condition.

Treatment options which currently exist for this condition are biofeedback, acupuncture, forms of physical therapy, mirror box therapy, transcutaneous nerve stimulation, anti anxiety medications and sympathetic nerve block. 
Cannabidiol treatment is particularly effective for treating Causalgia because it can work to significantly reduce associated stresses, depression and anxieties that come with the condition. Additionally, it can work to assist patients in treating their chronic pain, and reducing their inflammation.

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