Peripheral Neuropathy refers to a condition characterized by nerve damage that causes weakness, numbness, and pain. The condition is most commonly the result of diabetes, but it can also be inherited or result from infections, alcoholism, injuries, autoimmune diseases, medications, and tumors. Neuropathy patients may experience tingling or a burning and stabbing sensation, muscle weakness, a lack of coordination, issues with blood pressure or heart rate, problems with digestion, heat intolerance, and bowl or bladder issues. Now, evidence suggests cannabis can help relieve the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, especially when it comes to significantly reducing neuropathic pain.
THC and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system, and the receptors they activate have the power to regulate the release of neurotransmitter and central nervous system immune cells as well as manage pain levels. Many studies have attested to cannabis' ability to reduce pain in treatment resistant patients who suffer from neuropathy. In one study, MS and central neuropathic pain patients were treated with THC and CBD for two years and experienced relief with only minor side effects. CBD specifically has reduced neuropathic pain in cancer patients without affecting the nervous system's function or interfering with the efficacy of chemotherapy. Lastly, in a study on HIV-positive patients, 94% felt a reduction in muscle pain and 90% felt a reduction in nerve pain.
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