Cannabis Pain Management
What is Chronic Pain, Really?
Will Cannabis Pain Management, help?
Chronic pain is pain that has lasted for longer than 6 months. After that amount of time, the brain becomes used to receiving the feeling of pain from the nerves that are affected. The brain sends signals to the nerves, and when the nerves respond, the feeling is internalized.
With chronic pain, the feeling is constant so the brain becomes used to having it there. This can make it challenging to get the brain to stop feeling the pain even when the pain itself is gone.
Chronic Pain Symptoms
Chronic pain can be caused by any number of things and is associated with a poor quality of life when compared to other chronic diseases.
From a “bad back” that throbs constantly or when you sit too long, to a shoulder that feels like pins or burning when it’s moved a certain way, chronic pain affects people in different ways.
Chronic Pain Management
At Apollo Marijuana Clinics, our practice is focused on a wide variety of pain conditions with special expertise in: back pain, sciatica, neck pain, neuropathic (hyper-sensitive) pain and headaches. We also commonly treat multiple sclerosis, as well as pain due to HIV/AIDS, diabetes and cancer.
We focus on these areas because our medical advisory as well as many of our treating physicians are all Royal College anesthesiologists who have spent years researching and practicing treatments for these types of pain based on scientific evidence.
Chronic pain, which persists and sometimes never ceases, is characterized as discomfort that slowly increases over time until it becomes a consistent pain. This is very different from acute pain, which is episodic in nature, features a sudden onset, and results from an accident or injury. Unlike most cases of chronic pain, acute types are treatable with a wide range of drugs and therapies (including cannabis). Chronic pain is sometimes defined as pain that lasts three months or longer, regardless of the cause.
The pain conditions in which Cannabis Pain Management have been shown to be most effective are those caused by damage to the nervous system, either peripheral or central. That can include diabetic neuropathy, post-traumatic pain after surgery and HIV-associated neuropathy in the case of the peripheral system, and multiple sclerosis or a spinal cord injury for the central system. Patients report a number of effects from Cannabis Pain Management, including improved sleep and help for their anxiety or stress, as well as a reduction in discomfort.
Studies have also demonstrated that using Cannabis Pain Management is safe. After a year of regular use, patients with chronic pain were found to be at no greater risk of serious adverse effects than non-cannabis users.
Major Components of Cannabis
Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9 THC) – It is the main psychoactive component of cannabis with mild to moderate painkilling effects. It also helps treat nausea associate with cancer chemotherapy and to stimulate appetite. It induces feelings of euphoria. Potential side effects include accelerated heartbeat, panic, confusion, anxiety and possible paranoia.
Cannabidiol (CBD) – It is a major, non-psychoactive component of cannabis that helps shrink inflammation and reduce pain without inducing the euphoria effects of THC. It has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, psychotic disorders and epilepsy. Larger amounts of CBD can relax the mind and body without causing negative side effects associated with THC.
Cannabinol (CBN) – It is a secondary psychoactive component of cannabis. It is not associated with painkilling effects of THC or CBD. CBN is formed as THC ages. Unlike the euphoria effects of THC, CBN can induce headaches and a sense of lethargy.
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) – It is found primarily in strains of African and Asian cannabis. THCV heightens the intensity of THC effects and the speed in which the component is delivered, but also causes the sense of euphoria to end sooner.
A study conducted in 2014 and published in the Canadian Urological Association Journal found that nearly half of the participants, all of whom suffered chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, reported using cannabis in an effort to reduce their pain. The study found that 61 percent of those who used medical marijuana to treat pain “reported improvement in symptoms as a result of use.”
It is estimated that chronic neuropathic pain affects more than one in five adults. Two most powerful therapeutic applications of Cannabis Pain Management are as an analgesic (pain reliever) and in the role of an anti-inflammatory. Because inflammation often leads to pain, cannabis medicine works on multiple levels to provide relief to many patients. Unfortunately, chronic pain is often unaffected by conventional medical treatments or pharmaceutical drugs. This is the major reason that so many patients seek out cannabis medicine often without a doctor’s recommendation.
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UCSF Study Finds Medical Marijuana Could Help Patients Reduce Pain with Opiates, Leland Kim
A survey of cannabis (marijuana) use and self-reported benefit in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, Dean A. Tripp, PhD, J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC, et al.
Procedures For Accessing Medical Cannabis Card In Canada