The most common reason that people use medical cannabis for chronic pain. Both THC and CBD in cannabis have analgesic effects and studies backing this show astounding results.
For instance, a clinical trial conducted in Canada has found that three puffs a day of cannabis help people with chronic nerve pain due to injury or surgery feel less pain and sleep better. Mark Ware, MD, assistant professor at McGill University in Montreal, and his team evaluated 21 men and women with neuropathic pain. They tried different cannabis strains with varying potencies – 9.5 percent being the most potent, the next concentration at 6 percent THC, and the least potent was 2.5 percent THC. The participants used all three strains including placebo and they didn’t know which they were using.
The cannabis was put into gelatin capsules, then put into the bowl of a pipe. Each person was told to inhale for five seconds while the cannabis was lit, hold the smoke in their lungs for 10 seconds, and then exhale.
They did this single puff three times a day for five days for each of the doses and the placebo. The participants were allowed to continue on their routine pain medications.
After five days of clinical trials, the participants rated their pain on a scale of zero to 10, with 10 being the worst. The dose with 9.4 percent THC provided the most relief, with their pain down to 5.4, whereas the placebo had the relief at 6.1.
In a similar report, vaporized and smoked marijuana and cannabinoid compounds that come from the cannabis plant work for pain. This is associated with the natural cannabinoid receptors present in our body which play a role in pain control.
Another study investigated what patients prefer when it comes to managing pain. The researchers from the University of California Berkeley and Kent State University surveyed the participants asking them about their pain and their opioid and marijuana usage. If given the choice, many of the participants would prefer to use cannabis than opioids.
How Can Marijuana Benefit You:
Medical cannabis for chronic pain a great alternative treatment and is safer than opioids. You may find relief if you suffer from the following conditions:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Cancer pain
- HIV/AIDS-related pain