Benefits To Using Cannabis For Chronic Pain?

Cannabis has been used for medical purposes in the United States for decades, although many states have not yet legalized its use for that purpose. There are many different kinds of cannabis-based medications available for the treatment of chronic pain, such as flowers, oils, edibles, tinctures, and topical treatments. There are some medicines with CBD. These are not the same as using cannabis. These may help people without giving them a high feeling.

For those suffering from a chronic ailment, CBD oils were found to relieve pain and increase mobility. When applied topically, such as those in lotions or patches, CBD oil is particularly effective in relieving pain and other related symptoms with peripheral neuropathy. For non-neuropathic chronic pain, cannabinoids have been shown to have limited efficacy. There was “evidence suggesting a minor effect” for cannabis therapy chronic non-cancer pain and other indications, such as research from the past six months, showed that this is true.

PAINWeek 2020 task force meeting gathered doctors, researchers, and clinicians who looked forward to offering prescription advice to physicians. The American Pain Association (APA) – PEAR Conference, held in Nashville, TN every year, is one of the most important pain management meetings for medical practitioners and researchers in the US. The group has proposed the following restrictions on how pain pills should be used:

  • Taking 5 mg of CBD two times a day is recommended for the first few weeks. THC should only be used if there is no response to up to 40 mg of cannabidiol (CBD) alone.
  • The starting dose should be 2.5 milligrams of THC combined with CBD. It is best not to take more than 40 milligrams of THC a day.
  • Patients with fragile or elderly bones should start with 1mg of THC per dose and gradually increase.
  • The quickest approach for individuals with severe pain or who have previously used significant quantities of cannabis is to start with the doses of 2.5 mg of CBD and THC (1:1 ratio) one or two times daily.

It’s critical to remember that every person’s body is different, and medicine works differently in each individual. DIGIdrs doctors may be able to assist you in determining dosages for the management of your pain and any concerns you might have regarding marijuana’s psychotropic effects.

Things to keep in mind

The following were noted by many people who take medical cannabis for chronic pain:

  • Pain management is improved  
  • Improved sleep quality and ability to fall asleep
  • Sleeping better throughout the night  
  • Quality of life improved 
  • Opioid use is reduced
  • Depression and anxiety are reduced
  • Appetite increased

The following are just a few of the negatives of utilizing CBD or medical cannabis for chronic pain:

  • There are insufficient studies available to determine whether there are any benefits or risks associated with: 
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Heart rate elevated 
  • Anxiety 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Diarrhea
  • High, or intoxication 
  • Habituation
  • Psychiatric symptoms 
  • Appetite and weight changes
  • Vomiting and nausea 
  • Malaise general
  • Medication interactions 
  • Coughing, cardiovascular, and breathing issues from smoking
  • Fear of social stigma

Chronic pain can be treated with THC and CBD

THC and CBD (marijuana chemicals that provide health advantages) are the two primary cannabinoids present in marijuana, and they have been proven to have therapeutic effects on patients. Both of these plant chemicals, it is thought, have an impact on the human body’s endocannabinoid system. They collaborate to alleviate problems such as anxiety, stress, discomfort, and sadness.

Scientists studied how cannabinoid receptors regulate pain in a 2006 research published in the journal Current Neuropharmacology. Cannabinoid receptors can be activated by cannabinoid receptor agonists, which have been demonstrated to reduce inflammation and interact with other pain-relieving systems, such as the body’s opioid system. Based on the findings of a 2002 investigation. Moreover, they have been reported to alleviate neuropathic pain. Due to their small size, powerful influence, and anecdotal character, this research is limited. If CBD or THC can help alleviate pain, larger, randomized research is needed to confirm its efficacy.

CBD, also known as cannabis cannabidiol, has attracted a great deal of attention as it is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid. CBD is considered to be quite safe and causes minimal unwanted side effects like drowsiness, nausea, headaches, and loss of appetite for most people. There was a study that investigated CBD’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity in neuropathic pain models, inflammatory pain models, osteoarthritis models, and other models of pain in the year 2020. 

To understand CBD’s mode of action and its anti-inflammatory properties, researchers have suggested that more large-scale, clinical trials would be necessary. Even though most of the prior studies have been done on animals, the fact remains that the substance does possess analgesic (pain-relieving) potential. As with any drug, medical cannabis and/or CBD may also cause undesirable interactions. As a result, it is always suggested that you see a physician or other qualified healthcare professional before taking either medication. Cannabis or CBD use has not been shown to have long-term negative effects, particularly for particular audiences like pregnant women and nursing mothers, children, and the elderly. However, with medical supervision, this can be done safely.

There has been a recent study published that examines evidence derived from scientific research for the use of THC: CBD oral spray (also known as Nabiximols) as pain therapy. Even though further clinical trials are necessary, the authors’ findings suggest that Nabiximols may be useful in treating chronic neuropathic pain.”

In general, chronic pain is defined as persistent pain that lasts for an extended period of time, such as pain associated with fibromyalgia, muscular spasticity, multiple sclerosis,  epilepsy, and other forms of pain.

Chronic Pain Types: Understanding them

In general, chronic pain can be classified into three groups: nociceptive pain, neuropathic pain, and visceral pain. The most common type of pain that people treat with cannabis is a kind called non-nociceptive. This means that the pain does not come from when there is tissue damage. Nociceptive pain comes when there is tissue damage. There is also a common type of persistent pain that is caused by external factors such as injuries, infections, or other tissue damage which may lead to persistent pain. It is also believed that various chronic pains can also be included within this group, such as headaches and arthritis. There are several types of nociceptive pain including low back discomfort, broken bones, cancer, and more specific types of nociceptive pain.

People are also aware of the second type of suffering that exists, which is neuropathic pain, which refers to pain arising from damage to nerves. There are many types of damage that can be caused by nerves, such as broken limbs, accidental injuries, and emergency amputations. Diabetes, stroke, and HIV infection are additional factors that put one at risk for it.

The fourth type of pain is referred to as psychological pain. It is generally possible to experience psychological pain with nerve or tissue discomfort. However, it is also possible to suffer additional pain when psychological pain is combined with stress, depression, anxiety, or mental illness.

What do scientists say?

Patients who suffer from chronic pain are the most common patients who use medical cannabis to treat their illness and Marijuana, in some cases, may be a suitable treatment for chronic pain rather than traditional painkillers that are available on the market. To fully understand the variety of types of medical marijuana, the delivery systems, and the interactions between cannabinoids, further research needs to be conducted.

According to research published in The Journal of Pain, patients who used medical cannabis therapy were less likely to use opioids, other prescription pain medications, and other medicines with significant side effects. There is a promising development during the opioid crisis to see that users who use cannabis have improved quality of life, had fewer negative effects from prescription medications, and also experienced an improvement in their quality of life.

“Medical marijuana is being used by patients who suffer from chronic pain as a substitute to prescription medicines and other treatments. These other medicines are inferior to cannabis in terms of both their advantages and side effects, according to this study.” Medical cannabis patients from 21 different clinics across Canada were surveyed as part of a large research project published in Pain Medicine in 2020 by Philipp Lucas, et al. One, three and six months after receiving counseling for the treatment of chronic pain (CPM) that used cannabis as an adjunctive treatment to opiates, patients reported significant improvements in their life quality.

“A meaningful analgesic effect of cannabinoids compared to placebo” was found in 15 of 18 randomized controlled trials examined in The Journal of Pain. Cannabinoids have been shown to be safe and moderately effective in the treatment of neuropathy and cancer-related pain. Researchers mentioned drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, and dry mouth as CBD side effects. Small-scale studies on the effects of these compounds have been conducted so far, and more research is needed to understand them better.

Study participants who were using medical marijuana reported better mood, good quality of life, and lessened pain, according to the findings. Qualitative questionnaires were used to examine medical marijuana patients’ perceptions of the medicinal properties of cannabis. Observational evidence suggests that medicinal cannabis can reduce the use of prescription drugs as well as ease pain. Medicinal cannabis, on the other hand, was perceived as prohibitively expensive. The analgesic properties of marijuana need to be investigated further.

Feel free to contact us if you’d like to learn more about medicinal marijuana or have any questions. On our site, you can reach out to a cannabis coach or a medical marijuana doctor for assistance.  

*DigiDrs is not offering this as professional medical advice. Do not attempt to self diagnose, or prescribe treatment based on the information provided in these pages. Consult a physician before making decisions on the treatment of any of these medical conditions.

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