How Medical Cannabis Can Lead the Way for Neuropathic Pain

There seems to be enough evidence on the beneficial effects of cannabis in relation to neuropathic pain to warrant more research.

Neuropathy is a generalized term which signifies exhibited symptoms of nerve damage in a human being. Neuropathic pain is one of these symptoms. Neuropathic pain arises from a wide variety of sources that all stem from nerve injury. This is including diabetes, infections, alcoholism, traumatic injuries, autoimmune diseases, medications, infections, tumors, and inherited disorders. Due to the aforementioned life afflictions, neuropathy manifests in different ways depending on the sort of nerve damage involved in each specific case.

When a patient’s neuropathic symptoms are manifested in the form of physical pain, the result is considered “chronic pain.” Neuropathy and neuropathic pain have no cure. In fact, modern day medical research into these disorders exists to better the lives of those patients suffering from these afflictions. Nevertheless, doctors and patients are looking at medical marijuana as non-addictive.

Studies And Debates

Dr. Ware’s guidance will be instrumental in CHI research planning. via New Cannabis Ventures

In 2014, the World Congress assembled in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They discussed the scientific validity of medical marijuana as a pain medicine. Neuropathic pain being at the center. Mark Ware works as a pain clinician at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He represented the pro-cannabis side of the symposium. Interestingly, Ware argued that medical marijuana is beneficial in neurological pain management. As a result, the THC and CBD react with the endocannabinoid systems in the human body.

Various studies have shown that medical marijuana has proven efficacious in lessening pain levels for neuropathic pain patients. To illustrate, patients afflicted with diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer, central neuropathic pain, and HIV all reported that various forms of cannabis use greatly reduce their pain symptoms. A similar study reported that smoking marijuana was effective for pain management in “12 of 15 chronic pain patients.”

Organic Vs. Synthetic THC And CBD

When a patient’s neuropathic pain can be relieved through medication
Sativex is the first natural cannabis plant derivative to gain full market approval in any country.

The medical marijuana movement is a fact. Recently, the FDA approved synthetic THC compounds. These compounds have been both legal and prescribed in the United States since 1985. Above all, these synthesized marijuana compounds are only prescribed to treat nausea and anorexia. This covers the terminally ill from cancer and HIV patients. However, many doctors prescribe these meds for chronic and neurological pain as well. Moreover, the Canadian medical field has developed and prescribed a pain medication. It is derived from synthesized THC and CBD that they labeled “nabiximols.”

However, many medical professionals feel that synthesized cannabis products are safer, for both the short and long-term use. The irony of this concept is that the U.S. government has only allowed for medical testing in relation to synthesized THC and CBD compounds. On the other hand, they have been criminalizing the use of a simple plant.