The Role of Cannabis in Chronic Pain
There are a variety of chronic pain illnesses, such as fibromyalgia. These syndromes are underrepresented and misunderstood amongst much of the general public, and even medical staff are often quick to dismiss the severely debilitating effect chronic pain can have on a person’s way of life. Thankfully, some doctors have begun to theorize about the root causes of fibromyalgia and develop treatments.
The current prevailing theory is that chronic pain syndrome is a result of malfunctioning pain receptors in the brain. This could explain why fibromyalgia sufferers report crippling pain all over their bodies, rather than localized pain. Other doctors believe there is a correlation between mental health issues such as PTSD and fibromyalgia symptoms.
How Cannabis Helps
More and more forward-thinking doctors are prescribing medical marijuana for chronic pain sufferers, and controlled doses of CBD are proving to be very effective at treating symptoms. A recent study conducted by a national pain foundation concluded that cannabis was more effective than other medically prescribed treatments. 62% of the fibromyalgia sufferers in the group studied revealed positive health benefits.
In addition to its effectiveness, there are other reasons why cannabis is preferable to conventional drug treatments. It is much less addictive than other commonly prescribed drug treatments, such as antidepressants Zoloft and Cymbalta. Both can lead to dependence and come with unpleasant side effects such as nausea. On the other hand, medical marijuana users report no nauseous sensations and actually feel relaxed and happy after taking their prescribed dose of CBD.
Fibromyalgia sufferers are more likely to be prescribed CBD rather than THC. While research is still being done, many doctors currently believe that a higher count of CBD is preferable for chronic pain treatment because it allows patients to maintain their functionality. The psychotropic element (that which is found in THC) is not necessary for most fibromyalgia sufferers simply hoping to alleviate pain and not experience any mental impairment from the drug.
If you currently use THC for pain relief and are finding yourself too impaired, you may wish to speak with your doctor about switching strains during the day and using a different one at night. In any case, patients who use medical marijuana rather than more traditional methods of treating fibromyalgia experience heightened pleasure and relaxation. With both THC and CBD, you can be sure that you will feel light, peaceful, and happy.