Describe how people can use cannabis for pain relief.
On average, 2 out of every 10 people who read this are experiencing chronic pain. According to a survey conducted by the CDC,
20% of adults reported having issues with chronic pain.
7.4% admitted to experiencing chronic pain that limited their activities in the past 3 months. Pain is one of the top reasons adults seek medical attention. Having chronic pain is known to cause dependence on opioids, reduced quality of life, and declining mental health. If you’re in some sort of pain, you are not alone.
Some of the most common pain conditions people report are back pain, headaches or migraines, pain in the joints, and nerve pain. Pain can be brought on by injuries, malfunction in the nervous system, different diseases and disorders, or just plain wear and tear from every day life.
When you go to the doctor with pain as your symptom, you’re very likely to be prescribed opioids. They will help reduce your pain, but at what cost? Opioid based medications come with a long list of negative health side effects. This includes potential organ damage and a high risk for addiction. This common practice of prescribing opioids is why the U.S. is still in an opioid epidemic.
The good news is, cannabis is showing great promise for being effective at treating pain. It also comes without the negative health side effects associated with opioids. This makes cannabis a safer and more natural option for patients seeking pain relief. There are numerous patient testimonies about how cannabis has helped people manage their pain.
Pain relief is one of the top reasons medical patients are given recommendations for cannabis.
There are several studies that have concluded the positive effects of cannabis in treating many pain conditions. One systematic review, focused on neuropathic pain, analyzed data and research from randomized controlled trials. It concluded that
the evidence appears to support the safety and efficacy of short term, low dose cannabis.
They also found cannabis to be similarly effective even when compared to current pharmaceutical medications.
If you’re wondering whether or not medical cannabis can help with your pain, talk to your physician about getting a medical marijuana recommendation. If you already have one, come into your closest Terrabis location and talk to one of our Patient Care Associates. Our highly trained staff is more than happy to assist you in finding the right product to help with your pain. Even if you don’t want to feel high, we have options like low THC products, CBD products, and topicals. All of these are possibilities when it comes to treating pain without the high feeling cannabis is so well known for.