MJWellness
Mar 31, 2016 5:36 AM

How can medical marijuana help with …. BACK PAIN?

Definition of back pain

Back pain is one of the most common conditions, which every individual experiences at least once in their lives. This pain can be felt in any part in the spine: cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral. There are many reasons for back pain, usual sources are: the muscles, nerves, bones, discs, joints or other structures in the spine. Pain receptors populate the structure of the spine and the surrounding tissues. Any injury of the above mentioned structures would bring pain. In the US each fifth patient with back pain complaints about the pain in the lower back. In most cases, back pain doesn’t correlate with specific diseases, and usually is caused by: a trauma (motor vehicle accident or sport injury), pulled muscles, muscles spasms, pinched nerve, inflammations, fever. Sometimes, some conditions expose back pain as a symptom. Cancer or other specific conditions can also echo in the back with pain.

How can medical marijuana help?

Acute back pain is usually treated within 6 weeks, but if neglected and not diagnosed, back pain can develop into chronic back pain. Conventional medicine can’t help a part of the patients and they have to learn how to live their whole life with this kind of pain. In any case, patients are given opioids and morphine-like pain killers, NSAIDs, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants and sleeping pills. As a rule, those medicines are addictive, cause unacceptable side effects and often not effective. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications NSAIDs (such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin or Celebrex) or opiate narcotics (Vicodin, Percocet and Norco) are effective, but cause harmful effects to the body and mind: nausea, stomach disorders (including gastritis), gastric bleeding, liver and kidney damage. The long-term use of opioids leads to opioid dependence, anxiety, depression, insomnia. Many clinic trials and researches have proved that marijuana has antispasmodics, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Cannabinoids, natural ingredients found in marijuana (or cannabis), work through the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body to regulate multiple physiological processes, including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. The receptors of the ECS in the human body respond to natural cannabinoids and help patients cope with the conditions mentioned above.

Obviously, marijuana has a beneficial effect on the central nervous system and helps to get rid of anxiety and depression. Perfect deep sleep for those who suffer from back pain, no insomnia, more energy, good appetite, good mood, no dangerous side effects, and finally, less or no pain at all. What could be better than that? The best two studied cannabinoids in cannabis are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Researchers state that these compounds can reduce or eliminate pain with fewer toxic side effects. Based on The Institute of Medicine (IOM) research, marijuana also can be used in combination with opioids to make the treatment more effective. Additionally, the IOM report show, that cannabis can relieve neuropathic pain, acute pain, spinal cord injury, post operative pain and cancer pain. If you are searching for pain relief or need to make your pain treatment more effective, medical marijuana can be a perfect optional treatment or a secondary drug for the treatment. It is worth mentioning, that there are different ways to use cannabis; inhaling, food supplement, topical application. Before using it, consult your doctor to decide on the treatment, and if you agree on medical marijuana use, discuss the dosage.

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