1 in 5 Canadians suffer from chronic pain or a pain condition
According to a 2015 study conducted by Stats Canada, over half (52.9%) of cannabis users identified alleviating pain as the primary purpose for their medical use. As medical cannabis is arguably the best alternative to prescribing opiates and other drugs with severe side effects, it’s use as a certified medical treatment is increasing daily. More and more Doctors are suggesting and prescribing medical cannabis for their patients, as the opioid crisis reaches epic proportions in Canada.
If you’re one of the 751,8000 Canadians suffering from a chronic pain condition, here’s what you need to know about medical cannabis and how it may help deal with your pain.
Neuropathy, Neuropathic and Nerve Pain
Neuropathy is damage to the nerves and is commonly associated with diabetes. It can also result from a traumatic injury or repetitive use that damages nerves over time. Typically, neuropathy is treated with pain relievers, including over-the-counter options and opioids. (GrowthOp.com)
In a 2003 study published by the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA), synthetic cannabis was shown to reduce chronic neuropathic pain Analgesic Effect of the Synthetic Cannabinoid CT-3 on Chronic Neuropathic Pain This study paved the way for other important ones such as this 2010 Canadian CMAJ study, Smoked cannabis for chronic neuropathic pain: a randomized controlled trial which proved smoking cannabis to be an effective treatment for nerve pain. Additionally, this study identified cannabis (THC in particular) as an effective sleep aid.
Inflammatory and Immune Pain
Pain caused by your body’s white blood cells and the things they make protect you from infection from outside invaders, such as bacteria and viruses. In inflammatory pain conditions, your immune system triggers inflammation when there are no invaders to fight off. (WebMD)
Although the evidence that CBD treats inflammation is mainly anecdotal, there are studies such as this one from 2018, Cannabinoid Delivery Systems for Pain and Inflammation Treatment that do prove the efficacy of cannabis as a treatment for pain conditions.
According to Stats Canada, in 2010/2011, an estimated 2.7 million Canadians had migraine headaches. This number has only risen since then, and cannabis has been shown to treat migraine/headaches anecdotally, and through studies such as this one Alleviative effects of Cannabis flower on migraine and headache
Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (Mayo Clinic)
Not only has the Arthritis Society of Canada identified cannabis as a successful treatment option, there are multiple studies and medical discussions agreeing with the use of cannabis.
When a patient presents with pain of no obvious organic origin, they are often labelled as having ‘functional’ pain. The exact diagnosis is derived from the organ system displaying the predominant symptoms e.g. musculoskeletal pain in fibromyalgia (FM) or visceral pain in irritable bowel syndrome. (British Journal of Anaesthesia)
Many studies have been conducted to confirm the treatment of medical cannabis for various functional pain disorders; in particular this study for the treatment of fibromyalgia, and this study for the treatment of IBS (inflammatory bowel syndrome).
MMC’s goal is to provide our patients with the best possible care, and with our access for all we want to help as many Canadians as we can. Consistent updates on treatment and medical cannabis allows us to continue providing white glove service to our patients. If you, or someone you know could benefit from medical cannabis as a treatment contact us anytime at 1-844-312-5143, or book your appointment through our website www.medmc.ca/book-now/