Can Marijuana Help With Back Pain?

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Marijuana’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it a potential candidate for reducing back pain. Currently, massages or chiropractic therapy, over-the-counter medications, and prescription medications like opioids are used to treat back pain. There are many clinical trials that suggest cannabis could be a powerful treatment option for pain reduction. One study found patients who inhaled vaporized cannabis three times a day over the course of five days significantly reduced their chronic pain. Another review of six clinical trials found “high quality” evidence that cannabis could provide powerful pain relief. One study found 34 patients with treatment-resistant chronic pain cannabis extracts significantly improved pain management. Indeed, most patients in the U.S. and Canada cite chronic pain as their main reason for using medical marijuana. Researchers believe cannabis is able to combat pain by interacting with the endocannabinoid system and blocking pain signals from being sent to the brain.

At a time when opioids are seemingly overprescribed and the opioid epidemic is rampant, medical marijuana is a welcomed player in pain management. One survey found 97% of participants successfully decreased their use of opioids thanks to marijuana. and 81% found cannabis was more effective on its own at treating their condition. Another survey found 63% of 166 respondents enrolled in Canada’s national medical cannabis system substituted prescriptions with cannabis, and 32% attributed their substitution to fewer side effects and better symptom management.

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

CBD for Back Pain

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Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a powerful analgesic that could provided relief for those who suffer from back pain. While the severity of back pain has a wide range, it is one of the most common ailments people suffer, with 80% of adults experiencing back pain at least once in their lives. Research has found CBD provides pain relief by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system responsible for regulating pain and immune response, among other things. CBD can also relieve neuropathic pain by encouraging the release of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating pain processing. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties make it effective in treating a wide variety of pain. Cannabidiol can elicit these analgesic effects without producing unwanted negative side effects, which many find preferable to pharmaceutical medications. CBD has been found effective for treating pain both on its own and in mixtures containing both CBD and THC. Although studies for CBD and back pain are not explicit, its powers to treat other types of pain suggest it could be an effective treatment option for those who suffer from the condition.

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The Top Reasons People Use Medical Marijuana

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Medical marijuana is becoming a popular therapeutic regimen among patients treating a wide array of conditions, but why are patients flocking to this alternative natural therapy? A report in California from HelloMD looked into the top reasons people are using medical marijuana based on cannabis use, preference, and perspective, and this is what they it found. 

Out of 1,400 patients that participated in the survey, 66% use medical marijuana as their primary treatment method, and the number one condition treated with medical marijuana was anxiety, followed by pain, stress, back pain, insomnia, and depression. In addition to treating their actual medical conditions, patients also used medical marijuana to help them relax, sleep, elevate their mood, and replace alcohol use. Although treating the same medical conditions, men and women differ on their preferred method of ingestion. Men seem to prefer smoking or vaporizing their medication, while women seem to prefer topical creams and tinctures. 

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