How Medicinal Marijuana Can Help with Chronic Pain

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Mounting evidence suggests marijuana has therapeutic effects for those who suffer from chronic pain. Those who suffer from migraines have witnessed these benefits, and in a study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 103 of 121 people examined experienced a reduction in migraines as a result from the medication. Patients witnessed a reduction from 10.4 average headaches a month to as low as 4.6 headaches a month. Scientists believe this can be attributed to activation of the CB2 receptors and marijuana's ability to reduce stress. 

Another study from McGill University involving 21 patients with chronic neuropathic pain administered marijuana of varying potencies and placebo over the course of 5 days, and found the potency of marijuana made recordable differences in pain levels, with placebo having the lowest impact. Researchers from Oxford University suggest THC decreases signals from the brain that produce painful sensations. 

This information has been provided by Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.