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Chronic Pain and Medicinal Cannabis

Unlike regular pain which is largely temporary and eventually subsides on its own, chronic pain is an ongoing condition and usually lasts longer than three to six months.

Chronic pain can even continue after the pain’s initial cause (injury or illness) has healed, and some people can suffer from chronic pain despite it not having an obvious source.

Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. However, sometimes even after an injury is healed, pain signals linger in the body’s nervous system which can make living day to day life very uncomfortable, resulting in a negative impact on one’s overall quality of life.

What are the symptoms of chronic pain?

Chronic pain can physically manifest in a range of ways, including:

  • Dull aches
  • Throbbing
  • Burning sensations
  • Shooting pains
  • Squeezing sensations
  • Stinging pains
  • Muscle and joint soreness
  • Stiffness

Some conditions that can cause or result in chronic pain include:

  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve pain
  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia

How can medicinal cannabis help with chronic pain?

Both of cannabis’ most prominent chemical compounds (THC and CBD) interact with the body’s Endocannabinoid system, meaning it slows down the central nervous system’s communication with the rest of the body. As a result, Cannabis relaxes the body and helps suppress the signals released by pain receptors.

Studies as well as mounting anecdotal evidence shows that patients who use medicinal cannabis to ease chronic pain have experienced significant improvements in both their physical conditions and overall quality of life.

Some of the cannabis products that have shown to be beneficial treatments to chronic pain sufferers include:

  • Nabiximols
  • Dronbinol
  • THC extracts
  • THC:CBD extracts
  • CBD extracts

They can be consumed as an oil, vape liquid, sprays and wafers.

If you or a loved one are suffering from chronic pain and are considering medicinal cannabis as a potential treatment, please speak to your GP or to one of our SAS accredited doctors here.