If you struggle with chronic pain, then medical marijuana might just be what you need. As compared to prescription medications for pain, medical marijuana is a much safer option with significantly lower risks.
Below are ways in which medical marijuana can aid in easing your pain.
Helps with Migraines
Approximately, 12% of the American population suffers from migraines regularly, taking into account both adults and children. Migraines as compared to headaches are extremely painful and more intense.
The use of medical marijuana as a treatment option for migraines was established by researchers in 2016. The Pharmacotherapy journal published its research on the utilization of medical marijuana by chronic migraine patients. The study established that medical marijuana could be used to decrease the frequency of migraines while also being used to manage the migraine pain as well. Additionally, it had the potential to be utilized preventively.
Relieves Joint Pain
People living with arthritis know that joint pain can make everyday a painful experience to go through, which diminishes one’s quality of life. To manage the pain, many are advised to make changes to their lifestyles such as incorporating exercises and losing weight. Although these practices are effective, they require time in order to establish routine.
Medical marijuana gives instant joint pain relief, which may provide the affected individuals with a reprieve from the daily pain, thus allowing them to comfortably implement the changes needed in order to better their condition in the long term.
Helps Manage Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is generally linked to diabetes. It refers to damage caused to the nerves outside one’s brain and spinal cord. It usually affects most areas of one’s body but mainly the hands and feet. It often causes weakness and numbness as well as pain in these areas.
It may occur as a result of a harrowing injury as well as recurrent use which causes damage to nerves over a period of time. Neuropathy is usually managed using pain relievers, which include opioids and over-the-counter options.
The Journal of Pain Research published a research study in 2017 that established the relationship between decreased neuropathic pain and vaporized cannabis. In addition to this, the researchers were also able to observe and document the change in pain relief, on the basis of the cannabis dosage that was used.
Inflammation in the body causes pain, mostly dependent on the area affected. To the increase comfort of individuals who are trying to manage chronic pain, doctors and caregivers try to reduce inflammation.
Despite over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs effectively decreasing inflammation, long-term use causes stomach irritation as well as an increased probability of getting ulcers.
Future Medicinal Chemistry published a study review in 2010 that examined how marijuana could be used as an anti-inflammatory drug. In line with this research, it was established that cannabis interacted with the endocannabinoid system to create an anti-inflammatory reaction in the body.
Significantly Reduces Risk of Addiction
A major problem with using narcotics to treat chronic pain is that many individuals develop a tolerance to the drugs. So to keep managing the pain, dosages and medications are changed. This may result in addiction or dependence because of the regular use of opioids to provide pain relief.
However, emerging research shows that using cannabis may help treat an opioid addiction. Besides being used as medication for pain relief, medical marijuana may also help prevent individuals from using opioid pain relievers.
Furthermore, medical marijuana can also be used to reduce the likelihood of a relapse in individuals who are being given treatment for an opioid use disorder.
Experts say the diverse uses of medical marijuana to manage pain provide credence to what industry actors like Pac Roots Cannabis Corp. (CSE: PACR) say about the huge list of potential benefits of marijuana.
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