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Medical Marijuana and Back Pain

What Is Back Pain?

Pain felt in the upper or lower back, or along the spine, that can be caused by car accidents, muscle strains, sports injuries or a lifetime of bad habits.

Medical Marijuana and Back Pain

Back pain is such a common complaint that almost everyone in the United States will experience it at least once during their lives. However, many people have such debilitating back pain that it significantly interferes with their day-to-day lives. In the United States, an estimated 140 million work days are lost each year because of back pain. There are countless causes of back pain, ranging from car accidents, muscle strains, and sports injuries to self infliction due to a lifetime of bad habits.

Severe back 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 in reducing or eliminating pain. Additionally, long-term use of analgesics can develop serious side effects including stomach bleeding, liver damage, and kidney damage. Those who opt to not take these drugs are often forced into long-term bed rest, which can be harmful by making recovery slower and potentially causing new problems.

Medical Marijuana is an affordable, effective and natural alternative that lacks the side effects found in the medicines traditionally used to treat back 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 debilitating back pain and would like to know more about using medical marijuana to relieve your symptoms, book an appointment with a qualified physician through today. Let us help improve your quality of life!



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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