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Medical Marijuana and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS)

Medical Marijuana and Post-Polio Syndrome

Medical marijuana may be able to help someone suffering from Post-Polio Syndrome with the pain and fatigue often associated with the syndrome. Someone with severe symptoms associated with Post-Polio Syndrome often lives with considerable pain on a daily basis. Unfortunately, narcotic based pain medications are often contra-indicated for someone with Post-Polio Syndrome because, although they do help with pain relief, they also slow down the central nervous system and can produce breathing problems. As a Post-Polio Syndrome sufferer is already at risk for breathing problems as a result of the condition, prescribing narcotic based pain medications is risky. Medical marijuana, on the other hand, can often deliver equivalent pain relief without depressing the central nervous system as opiate based pain relievers do.

In addition, the side-effects of opiate based pain medications can often leave a sufferer homebound, without the desire to even try and get out and enjoy life. Medical marijuana may also significantly decrease these symptoms as well as reduce the amount of general fatigue experienced by a Post-Polio Syndrome patient, thereby increasing the general quality of life.

Medical Marijuana and Post-Polio Syndrome: Clinical Evidence

The analgesic properties found in medical marijuana have been known by medical practitioners in cultures throughout the world for centuries. Although the use of marijuana as a pain reliever has been widely accepted by many cultures, it has also recently been investigated in clinical studies throughout the world. One study conducted on people suffering with moderate to severe pain showed that by supplementing the opiate medications given to study participants with three marijuana cigarettes a day, participants reported a 27 percent overall decrease in pain levels, indicating that the medical marijuana operated in much the same way as the opiate based pain medication. More importantly, the addition of the medical marijuana did not add to the depression of the central nervous system.

Along with concerns about the effect that opiate based pain medications have on the central nervous system, they also commonly cause side-effects such as nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite. Medical marijuana, on the other hand, has been widely proven to help prevent nausea and vomiting in cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy as well as to stimulate the appetite.

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