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Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

Every year millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Consequences of this are seen in a significant amount of lost workplace productivity, rising health care costs and a huge physical and emotional toll on the sufferer. According to a recent Institute of Medicine Report, pain is a significant public health problem which costs Americans $560-$635 billion annually.

A recent market research report indicates that more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain with the incidence rate increasing as the population ages.

So what is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is a complex pain condition that persists for weeks, months, or even years as pain signals keep firing in the nervous system.

There may have been an initial injury, serious infection, broken bone or even a surgical incision.

Many cases of chronic pain are related to: low back pain, arthritis (especially osteoarthritis), headache, cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, fibromyalgia, shingles or nerve damage.

Some people even endure chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or disease.

Chronic pain is the most common reason that people seek out medical marijuana for relief.

In January 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released a report outlining the most comprehensive and up-to-date look at what all of the current research on cannabis tells us.

One of the most important findings of this report was that there is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids, found in the marijuana plant, can be an effective treatment for chronic pain.

Often chronic pain comes with chronic opioid use. It is estimated that overdose fatalities from pain relieving medications outnumber that of cocaine and heroin combined, so patients and doctors alike have searched for alternatives. As such, medical marijuana has shown the ability to lessen the symptoms of those in pain.

A 2010 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal concluded that a single inhalation of 25 mg of 9.4% THC herbal cannabis three times daily for five days reduced the intensity of pain, improved sleep and was well tolerated.

A 2013 study published in the Journal of Pain, concluded that vaporized cannabis, even at low doses, may present an effective option for patients with treatment-resistant neuropathic pain.

An April 2014 study published in the Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health found that pain relief from medical cannabis was substantial. Average pre-treatment pain on a zero to ten scale was 7.8, whereas average post-treatment pain was 2.8. This translates to a 64% average relative decrease in pain.

The studies have shown that cannabis is a reliable treatment for pain but, as always, check with your medical practitioner or dispensary technician to see which cannabis treatment option is best to combat your chronic pain symptoms.

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