Chronic pain is a pain that lasts longer than 3 to 6 months and doesn’t improve. Pain, which persists over a long period of time after the cause of it is removed, is also called chronic pain. According to The World Health Organization statistics, approximately 20% of our planet population experience chronic pain. It has become a permanent source of income for pharmaceutical industry. In the USA around 100 million suffer with chronic pain and spend annually more than 200 billion of dollars on the treatment. The character of chronic pain in unique to each individual, as are its causes. A number of diseases may be brought on by chronic pain, and a number of illnesses may cause it. This condition may develop after a trauma or an injury, but sometimes it develops without prominent reasons. It may come and go, or bother a patient non-stop. Mild chronic pain brings discomfort, while acute long lasting pain makes the life unbearable.
There are a lot of causes of chronic pain, most common stem from headache, back pain, joint pain and pain from injury. Chronic pain symptoms are: shooting, burning, aching, or electrical pain, fatigue, sleeplessness, changes in mood, lack of energy, fear, irritability, despair. High percentage of chronic pain sufferers are among cancer and AIDS patients. Additionally, chronic pain suppresses the immune system and makes an individual suffer emotionally. Huge amount of people have to learn how to live with this condition their entire life. Emotional toll, of course, makes the existence more unbearable. Traditionally, this vicious cycle is broken with the help of opioids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications NSAIDs, which suppress pain. On one side, they are effective, on the other side, doctors do not prescribe opiate narcotics (such as Vicodin, Percocet, Codeine and Norco) for a long time, because they may cause seizures, hallucination, insomnia, death, dependence or abuse. NSAIDs (such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin or Celebrex) on a long run cause harmful effects to the body and mind: nausea, inflammatory diseases (including gastritis), gastric bleeding, liver and kidney damage, anxiety and depression.
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 sooth acute and chronic pain. Obviously, marijuana has a beneficial effect on the central nervous system, helps to get rid of anxiety and depression. Less pain, perfect deep sleep, no insomnia, more energy, good appetite, good mood, and finally, no dangerous side effects. Marijuana possesses a number of advantages over traditional treatment and is becoming more welcomed by doctors around the USA. It has already helped a lot of people cope with chronic pain. Based on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) research, marijuana also can be used in combination with opioids to make the treatment more effective. Moreover, the researches state, that much lower dose of CBD is required compared with codeine to provide pain relief. 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 complement other drugs. There are different ways to use cannabis: inhaling, food supplement, topical application. Different strains of cannabis produce different effects. Before using it, consult your doctor to decide on the treatment and the dosage.