Describe how patients can use cannabis for pain management.
On average, 2 out of every 10 people who read this are experiencing chronic pain. According to a survey conducted by the CDC, in 2019, 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 and having chronic pain is known to cause dependence on opioids, reduced quality of life, and declining mental health. So 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. All of these conditions, as well as other forms of 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. Although, it doesn’t really matter which pain condition you have, or how you got it. All that matters is that you’re in pain, and you want out.
When you go to the doctor, or to the hospital, with pain as your symptom, you’re very likely to be prescribed an opioid based drug to help with the pain. It will help reduce your pain, but at what cost? Opioid based medications come with a long list of negative health side effects, including 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, 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. In fact, 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 as a medicine in treating several pain conditions. One systematic review, focused on neuropathic pain, analyzed data and research from randomized controlled trials, concluding that “the evidence appears to support the safety and efficacy of short term, low dose cannabis”. Many of the trials that were analyzed, not only found cannabis to help treat neuropathic pain, but 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 specialists. Our highly trained staff will be 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, that are all possibilities when it comes to treating pain without the high feeling cannabis is so well known for.