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Medical Marijuana and Chronic Pain

What Is Chronic Pain?

What Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is a state in which pain persists beyond the usual course of an acute disease or healing of an injury, or that may or may not be associated with an acute or chronic pathologic process that causes continuous or intermittent pain over months or years. Research has shown that medical cannabis for chronic pain can be an effective method of treatment that is far safer than many other options.

Medical Marijuana and Chronic Pain

Millions of people around the world suffer everyday from chronic pain. The World Health Organization estimates that 20% of people worldwide have some form of chronic pain. This includes Fibromyalgia, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, TMJ Disorder, Sciatica and more.

According to pharmaceutical industry data, pain is a $13.2 billion market. Not only is pain medicine costly, but chronic pain is also often the cause of lost wages. In the US, it’s estimated that over 140 million days are lost to work because of back pain. The annual totals of both direct and indirect costs for chronic pain in the US are estimated to be as high as $294.5 billion per year.

This means the costs of health care for patients with chronic pain might exceed the combined costs of treating patients with coronary artery disease, cancer and AIDS.

Severe chronic pain is often treated with opioid narcotics, such as Vicodin and Percocet, and analgesics, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Opiates and narcotics are effective in relieving severe pain, but they are highly addictive and have significant harmful side effects. Analgesics are not addictive, but are usually inadequate for reducing or eliminating pain.

Additionally, long-term use of analgesics can develop serious side effects including stomach bleeding, liver damage, and kidney damage.

Effective Strains of Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain

Whether you use edible forms of medical cannabis for chronic pain, roll it into a joint or use a vaporizer, there are many different strains of the plant that can substantially reduce discomfort. Here are just a few:

ACDC — This is a very effective strain of cannabis that contains high amounts of the cannabinoids THC and CBD. It can, however, be difficult to obtain ACDC and other strains that are high in CBD. For those who can find it, however, the benefits are numerous.

Blue Dream — Blue Dream is a hybrid sativa that was first grown in California. It provides not only relaxation throughout the entire body, many users also find it to be invigorating. This strain produces a mellow euphoria that produces a calming effect, and also has an aroma similar to berries. Since it doesn’t result in the sedative effects of other strains, Blue Dream is well-suited for daytime use.

Granddaddy Purple — Another California strain, Granddaddy Purple has been around for about 15 years. This strain can be potent, so don’t use it if you plan to go out during the day or the evening. Patients use Granddaddy Purple to not only relieve symptoms from pain, but also muscle spasms, stress, insomnia and more.

Girl Scout Cookies — This is another hybrid with a sweet aroma that’s very easy to spot, thanks to its orange hairs and purple leaves. This strain is well-known for producing a feeling of relaxation throughout the body, and is popular among people who suffer from not only severe pain, but also nausea and loss of appetite. The Girl Scout Cookies strain is best taken in small doses until you’re certain of how much you can handle at one time.

Medical Cannabis for Pain vs. Opioids

Chronic pain can be so debilitating that sufferers often turn to powerful opioid narcotics in order to find relief. But these drugs are not only addictive, they’re also notoriously toxic. Nearly 30,000 died from opioid overdoses in 2014 alone.

Medical cannabis for chronic pain has been shown to be an extremely effective treatment, and much safer than opioids. Patients suffering from pain related to the nervous system have found particularly strong improvement in symptoms, whether they smoke cannabis, eat it or use it in an oral spray. With an alarmingly high number of people dying due to an epidemic of opioid overdoses, cannabis is becoming a much more popular alternative for many who suffer from pain on a daily basis.

In many instances, cannabis has been shown to not only decrease the side effects that result from taking opioids and other medications, but also improve the quality of life for many patients. It’s very important to note, however, that you should never change your treatment regimen unless you are closely supervised by a physician. And drastic changes could have potentially damaging effects. Have a long, detailed discussion with your doctor to make sure he or she agrees that you would benefit from using medical cannabis for pain.

Medical Marijuana is an affordable, natural alternative that lacks the side effects found in the medicines traditionally used to treat chronic pain. In 1975, researchers found that THC was an effective pain reliever for cancer patients and found that it lacked the significant or toxic side effects found in traditional medicines. Since then, countless other studies have shown that marijuana safely and effectively treats various types of chronic pain with little to no side effects or risk of dependency.

If you are suffering from chronic pain and would like to know more about using medical marijuana to relieve your symptoms, book an appointment through MarijuanaDoctors.com today. Let us help improve your quality of life!

 

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This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals.  If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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