Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons cited for using medical marijuana. In 2010, one study found patients with chronic neuropathic pain who used cannabis with 9.4% THC witnessed a reduction in pain levels, rating their pain at 5.3 out of 11, with 11 being the most painful. On the other hand, those who received placebo reported their pain to be 6.1. Another study of patients with HIV-associated sensory neuropathy found their pain levels reduced by greater than 30%. Cannabis may be able to offer this pain relief because its cannabinoids interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors which triggers the release of neurotransmitters like acetylcholine, dopamine, and glutamate, which affect how we feel pain and euphoria.
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