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Do You Use Cannabis For Pain Management? 🌝🌱
Chronic pain is a major public health issue that is widespread across both the adult and aging populations of industrialized nations. Epidemiological statistics are alarming: In the US, at least 38 million adults suffer from chronic pain, and at least 12 million people have used cannabis as a treatment.
A recent survey conducted in the US involved 2,400 patients regarding their medical use of cannabis. More than 80% of respondents reported finding CBD very effective. Over 66% of respondents reported that CBD is more effective than their prescribed medications, and 42% stated that they had replaced their prescribed medication with CBD. 54% of the respondents used CBD for joint pain, 35% for muscle tension with cluster headaches, and 32% for other forms of chronic pain.
Research on the therapeutic potential of cannabis and cannabinoids has expanded considerably in the past decade. The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, a state-funded $8.7-million research effort at University of California campuses, has completed 13 approved studies. Of those, seven published double-blind, placebo-controlled studies examined pain relief, and all the research found cannabis to be effective.
The research community currently recognizes the potent benefits of cannabis for certain patients, including those attempting to cope with chronic pain conditions that include: ALS, AIDS neuropathy, arthritis and other rheumatic and degenerative hip and joint disorders, cancer pain, central nervous system damage, diabetic neuropathy, dystonia, insomnia associated with chronic pain, migraine headaches, MS, neuro-invasive cancer, Parkinson's disease, postoperative pain, severe burns, spina bifida, spinal cord injury or lesions, and stroke.
H/T Dr. Robert Gorter, MD, PhD / HelloMD with Brightfield Group. Usage Study. 2017
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