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Neuropathy and Medicinal Cannabis

Neuropathic pain usually occurs as the result of either injury, infection or a progressive nerve disease.

Chronic neuropathic pain can flare up at any time, even if a cause can't be easily identified. 

Usually, pain happens as a result of injury or illness - for example, when you stub your toe your nervous system sends a message to the brain telling your toe to feel pain. The difference between how we normally experience pain and neuropathic pain is that with neuropathic pain there isn't an identifiable cause, the body sends the message to feel pain unprompted.

What are the symptoms of Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic Pain can physically manifest in a range of ways, including:

  • Vision
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Tingling
  • Burning sensation
  • Intense pain

Neuropathic Pain can be categorised under the following subcategories:

  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Proximal Neuropathy
  • Focal Neuropathy

How can medicinal cannabis help with Neuropathic Pain?

According to meta-analysis, there is a 30% - 50% reduction in overall pain and pain intensity in patients used medicinal cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain. As a result, cannabis can be identified as a beneficial treatment for those suffering from neuropathic pain, and can significantly improve their quality of life. 

Some of the cannabis products that have shown to be beneficial treatments to Neuropathic Pain sufferers include:

  • Nabiximols
  • THC extracts
  • THC:CBD extracts
  • CBD extracts
  • Cannabis sativa

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

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