How Doctors Are Treating Neuropathic Pain With Cannabis


Neuropathic pain can cause unbearable pain that’s often resistant to common treatments. In fact, clinical trials show that only half of the participants experienced any meaningful neuropathic pain relief from conventional prescription medications. Coupled with adverse side effects, these analgesic drugs aren’t the best option for many seeking effective neuropathic pain relief. 

People who have tried every other treatment with minimal success can try medical cannabis as an alternative treatment. Research indicates that the compounds found in cannabis can be a potent supplement to a multidisciplinary treatment regimen. Along with physical therapy, cannabis can reduce pain caused by damaged or destroyed nerve cells.

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Cannabis Can Effectively and Safely Relieve Pain

Canada approved the oromucosal spray, Sativex, for neuropathic pain in adults with multiple sclerosis. Sativex’ formula contains THC, CBD, and other cannabinoid and compounds that help relieve pain from MS-related spasticity. Research suggests that, in conjunction with existing medication, Sativex can provide a considerable (30%) improvement in pain sensitivity.

Neurology published a study that showed that a cannabis cigarette effectively reduced neuropathic pain from HIV-associated sensory neuropathy. The journal also published a second study that found MS-related pain symptoms were dramatically reduced with cannabis.

At a time when opioid use is rampant, medical cannabis has shown to reduce the risk of opioid abuse. Current treatment for neuropathic pain includes a dangerous cocktail of opioids, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants. These legally prescribed medications’ high failure rate lead some patients to self-medicate with cannabis. Additionally, cannabis reduces the adverse effects of existing medications for people who suffer from neuropathic pain.

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Cannabis Consumption Methods to Treat Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain can stem from a variety of diseases, one being diabetes. A study published in the Journal of Pain showed that inhaled cannabis could ease the pain brought on by diabetic neuropathy. Researchers used a vaporizer to heat cannabis in order to activate its therapeutic compounds.

A vaporizer is an alternative to smoking from conventional glass pieces or cannabis cigarettes. If you’re looking for a smokeless experience, vaporizers can heat the cannabis flower or concentrate, but not combust it to produce smoke.

The Journal of Pain published another study citing that low doses of vaporized cannabis could be an effective treatment for those suffering from treatment-resistant neuropathic pain. The effects of inhaled cannabis usually lasted for about four hours.

A variety of creams, lotions, ointments, tinctures, salves, edibles, concentrates, and flower can be an alternative pain relief treatment option for those who have tried everything else. Unless we have more solid information and regulation that protects cannabis consumers, cannabis will not be widely accepted as a pain reliever. 

The key to finding effective pain relief is experimenting with different cannabis consumption methods, strains, and purchasing cannabis products that are free from potentially harmful pesticides and chemicals. Organic flower and edibles can provide more potent and consistent pain relief than non-organic cannabis. Check out Green Door West’s extensive menu to choose your ideal pain relief and get it delivered to your door.


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