A recent study by the University of New Mexico has proven that cannabis flower is effective as a mid-level analgesic pain medication. The study reviewed the largest database of real-time recordings of patients’ experiences with cannabis and chronic pain. They found some surprising facts.
Average Three-Point Improvement
On a pain scale of 1 to 10, patients had an average of a 3-point improvement immediately following cannabis use. For patients who have debilitating chronic pain, this could mean the ability to retain some mobility and independence. Some patients experienced much more improvement on the pain scale.
Cannabis and Pain Receptors
The nerve signals that we interpret as pain originate in receptor-bearing cells that are activated by changes in the environment. These same nerves that detect pain also contain receptors for cannabinoids. By treating the pain with cannabis, the cannabinoids are absorbed by the receptors, the nerves are soothed, and the pain level is decreased.
Preferred for Chronic Pain
Acute pain, or pain that is resulting from an immediate injury or surgery, is usually treated with opiates. But with the recent opioid epidemic, doctors are looking for alternatives in pain management. Patients with chronic pain have never responded well to long-term use of opiates, and medical cannabis could be the answer for them as well.
If you are interested in trying cannabis to manage your pain, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.