Can Marijuana Help with my Chronic Pain?
Marijuana is used by doctors around the world not only to alleviate depression and other conditions associated with depression but also the symptoms of serious illnesses. The list of treatable cannabis includes symptoms of cancer at all stages, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, joint problems, pain and inflammatory processes of varying severity.
In particular, doctors note the positive effect of medical marijuana on pain syndromes even in terminal stages of cancer. Marijuana and CBD products are effectively used in a wide range of diseases, including minimal manifestations of toothache and even the most serious acute pain.
Marijuana was widely used by people to treat pain back in the 19th century. In the 20th century, due to the popularization of marijuana as a narcotic drug, many doctors began to conduct their own studies of the analgesic and healing effects of cannabis. Decades later, research results speak of real indicators — more than half of patients who use medical cannabis speak of alleviation of pain syndromes regardless of the disease that causes them.
Studies have shown that cannabinoids affect the mechanisms of pain. According to other data, cannabinoids in combination with opioids provide more significant pain relief when using smaller doses. Moreover, patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis and patients with severe pain syndrome noted that marijuana relieves pain and minimizes the use of narcotic drugs or completely dispenses with them, which significantly reduces side effects. In fact, one of the main components of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is as effective in cancer pain as codeine, an opium alkaloid, the main pain reliever in oncology. The American Society of Neurologists has concluded that cannabinoids directly affect pain impulses in the nervous system. This discovery may lead to the creation of a new class of painkillers.
Researchers at the Institute of Medicine in Washington believe that cannabinoids can be taken to relieve pain in the following cases: in patients who receive chemotherapy in the postoperative period in combination with opioids to reduce nausea and vomiting, for patients with spinal cord injuries, peripheral neuropathic pain, and post-traumatic mixed pain, for patients with chronic neuropathic pain and insomnia, in HIV-infected patients with neuropathic pain and in other cases where there is a severe pain taking place.
British researchers have found that marijuana can help even where morphine is powerless. Sometimes morphine and other opioid drugs don’t block the pain signals that an injured nerve sends. Today, the development of pain medication based on cannabinoids is underway.
The English GW Pharmaceuticals company conducted a study that involved 34 patients with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and other pathologies that cause severe pain. 28 patients reported that marijuana treatment reduced pain and normalized sleep.