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Cannabis as a Remedy for Chronic Pain

Submitted by Loring A. Windblad on February 17, 2017

Pain is what notifies us of disease. It is what tells us that something is wrong with our body. Pain could be due to illness or an accident. Pain is the major reason why many people look for medical attention. Sometimes, pain gets too complicated and medical practitioners find it difficult to help patients manage chronic pain.


Opioid medicine is usually recommended as a solution. Sometimes when used to treat chronic pain, opioids become problematic for patients. This is because the body develops a tolerance to these medications over time.


This leads to addiction, health problems and other side effects.

Hundreds of years ago, the pain alleviating properties of cannabis was discovered. Since then it has been used to treat a variety of painful conditions.


Scientific research showed that CBD oil also known as Cannabidiol can be used to cure pain. Cannabidiol is a chemical compound that can’t get you high because it is non-psychoactive. It relaxes and calms the body part suffering from pain.

Marijuana is very efficient in the treatment of inflammation and pain.


It works with the endocannabinoid system that controls inflammation and pain. The human body contain receptors for CBD and it naturally produces cannabinoids.

Studies have shown that cannabinoids and opiates reduce pain through various means. Medical marijuana is legal in the largest part of the United States of America. It has been difficult for scientists to study it because it contains as large as hundreds of compounds. Some of these compounds are used medicinally. CBD is also known as cannabidiol. It is a compound that doesn’t get anyone high. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. This is a major contributor to the euphoric feeling that is sought by recreational users. Pain can be in two forms. It could be chronic and last for years or it could be acute i.e. intense and short lived. For the acute type of pain such as after-surgery pain, opiates are recommended by doctors. Opiates are narcotic drugs that are chemically similar to or derived from opium. For pain that is chronic, opiates are not effective.

 People who suffer from chronic pain and use medical marijuana for a year experienced increased quality of life and reduced discomfort. They also do not experience any increased risk of serious side effects. This is according to clinical data that was published in the Journal of pain.

A study by the University of Michigan showed that patients that used cannabis to control their chronic pain reported that they reduced their intake of traditional medications like opioids by 64%. A lot of studies have shown the effectiveness of CBD in combating anxiety, convulsions, pain, nausea and inflammation. It also controls muscle spasms, chronic pain and it regulates the endocrine system. It also improves the speed of healing after injuries and it makes pain easier to tolerate.

It is estimated that about one and a half billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain.

Even when efficient, opiates do cause sedation and nausea to long term users. People that suffer from chronic pain usually become tolerant to opiates over years or months and they must continually increase their dosage to benefit from it.

Let's see if the use of Medical Cannabis will be able to bring a pain free future for all those people who are suffering not only from pain but also from the opioids prescribed.

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