One of the major reason that people use medical marijuana is to help treat severe, debilitating or chronic pain. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine reported that adults with chronic pain who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids where more likely to experience a significant reduction in pain symptoms. Studies have linked the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to the bodies ability to manage pain.THC and CBD activate the receptors known as CB1 and CB2 that are found throughout the body but most importantly make up part of the endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate pain, mood, sleep and much more. It has been found to reduce inflammation and our pain perception.
Using medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids for treating chronic pain provides you with a much safer way of treatment. Medical marijuana does not have the addicting components that opioids have and there are also no known cases of marijuana overdose as opposed to opioids. We are currently going through an opioid epidemic in the U.S. which claimed 64,000 lives last year alone. Medical marijuana is safe for use and effective in treating physical and mental pain, it can also help cut down on opioid abuse.
About Severe, Debilitating, or Chronic Pain
Everyone deals with pain, but once an injury is treated some people continue to feel pain for months or even years. The way pain works is you get hurt and your body pain sensors send a signal to the brain to let you know that you are hurt and so you feel the pain. Once the injury has been healed your body should stop sending out the signal that you are hurt but with chronic pain, your pain sensors continue to tell your brain that you are injured. Chronic pain is diagnosed as pain that resides for 3 to 6 months or more. People with chronic pain also seem to have much more of a chance to be diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and troubles sleeping. A decrease in physical activity is also attributed to chronic pain and can lead to weight gain. One the worst things chronic pain can effect is a person’s mentality, by limiting them from being able to live the life they want. Severe pain can stop people from playing the sports they like or even attending certain social gatherings with friends. All this weighs on person’s mind and can lead to severe depression.