Why Physicians Often Recommend Marijuana for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a complex issue that plagues millions of people around the United States every year. Physically, mentally, and socially it can be exhausting to live and work with chronic pain. Pain is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong, however, when pain fails to subside, it becomes chronic and long lasting. Marijuana is on the forefront of breaking through stigma and barriers to provide relief for some people who suffer from chronic pain, but it is not without some controversy.

Conventional Therapy

Clinicians at times may find it hard to help a patient manage chronic pain. The wide range of therapies available make it difficult, but also there are many ways to treat the same ailment, depending on the person. Medications can also just work for a short time, yet have lasting side effects which may keep people from gaining long term relief.

Some commonly prescribed medications include:

  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Codeine
  • Hydromorphone

Side effects from taking opioids such as nausea, constipation, and potential respiratory depression make physicians reluctant to continue raising dosages for people out of fear of causing dependence. The alarming rate of opioid prescriptions has spurned an epidemic of people struggling with addiction to painkillers. Cannabis is seen as a new, non-addictive alternative to prescription drugs for pain relief.

Cannabis and Chronic Pain

Cannabis use for chronic pain has been referenced going back to 2700 B.C.E. with the first reference focusing on use of cannabis to treat cholera, rabies, tetanus, and delirium tremens. In more modern times, research has been conducted around cannabis therapy in the treatment of chronic pain with promising results. Physicians often recommend its use because studies have shown the CB1 (cannabinoid receptor type-1) receptors have shown to be located all over the body, especially in the central nervous system in areas that control pain perception.

Cannabis therapy can be used in conjunction with other chronic pain therapies, as well. The fact remains that cannabis therapy has been shown to be effective in providing relief for cancer patients during chemotherapy while also providing therapeutic support. Given the growing need for a transition away from an opiate dependent treatment protocol, physicians are looking to alternatives to help stem the tide of addiction to opiates and focusing on cannabis as a result.

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