Cannabis for Back Pain Relief
Cannabis for Back Pain Relief
A new study has shown how cannabis could be an effective treatment option for both pain relief and insomnia, for those looking to avoid prescription and over the counter pain and sleep medications including opioids. Let's explore Cannabis for Back Pain Relief.
The study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, which looked at 1,000 people taking legalized marijuana in an American state found that among the 65% of people taking cannabis for pain, 80% found it was very or extremely helpful.
This led to 82% of these people being able to reduce or stop taking over the counter pain medications, and 88% being able to stop taking opioid painkillers.
The study suggests that cannabis could lower opioid use. However, the researchers caution that more needs to be done to understand the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis.
According to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, roughly 20% of American adults (approximately 42 million people) suffer from chronic pain. Traditional over the counter medications and painkillers can help, however, they may have serious side effects. Opioids depress the respiratory system, meaning that overdoses may be fatal.
As a consequence, some people are looking to marijuana to help with their symptoms.
To find out more about these users, survey data was reviewed from people who purchased cannabis from two retail stores in Colorado. Although the survey may not reflect the overall population of dispensary customers, other national survey data, and data from medical patients at medical cannabis dispensaries, also demonstrate that people who use cannabis to treat symptoms both decrease and stop their use of prescription medications.
The study adds weight to the theory that widening access to medical cannabis could lower the use of prescription painkillers, allowing more people to manage and treat their pain without relying on opioid prescription drugs that have dangerous side effects. This is furthered with other research that shows that states with medical cannabis laws have a 6.38% lower rate of opioid prescribing.
However, researchers caution that more research is needed to understand the health benefits and side effects of cannabis.
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