MMJ for Post Laminectomy Syndrome

 Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc.

Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc.

Post Laminectomy Syndrome is a condition that causes chronic pain in the back or neck after a laminectomy procedure. Usually, this pain is treated with painkillers, physical therapy, and other therapies like epidural nerve blocks, radiofrequency denervation, and platelet rich plasma therapy, but now it may be possible to add cannabis to the list of therapeutic options thanks to its analgesic properties. 

Cannabis is a safe and effective pain reliever, and studies have found its interaction with CB1 and CB2 receptors is capable of reducing the pain produced by neuropathy, headaches, migraines, cancer, spasticity, and other chronic pain conditions. One study looking at chronic pain medical marijuana users in Washington found four of the 139 patients involved had failed back surgical syndrome, and all four reported significant improvements. Two of those patients reported medical marijuana to be the most effective method for relieving pain. Another research review found cannabis was effective at treating several chronic pain conditions, including post-laminectomy syndrome, while maintaining a higher safety profile than opioids. Lastly, cannabis' neuroprotective properties could serve to limit nerve damage and support recovery following the surgery. 

This information has been provided by Civilized and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.