A Better Way to Treat Chronic Pain: Benefits of Medical Marijuana The number of individuals suffering from chronic pain makes up approximately 20 to 25% of the population of the United States. Many of these individuals are seeking better pain management techniques. If you happen to be one of those individuals out there searching, keep reading. A better way to treat chronic pain is available in the form of medical marijuana and some of the benefits may surprise you.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of using marijuana to control chronic pain is the protection from other serious side effects resulting from long term use of over the counter pain medications. For example, if you have used NSAIDs (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) throughout your life as a pain reliever, you have subjected your body to the following; stomach ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, high blood pressure (most common in women), liver damage, and kidney problems. While effective for short term use, NSAIDs are not as effective when used for long term pain management.
Another major benefit of medical marijuana is that it can greatly reduce pain while also creating a better quality of life. Who better to experience this benefit than the 50% of chronic pain sufferers, cancer patients? In previous years, and still used today, a quite common method for controlling chronic pain among cancer patients involved a regimen of Opioids. Opioids are another form of pain killer that comes from the Opium family and is used under close physician supervision. Once again, like NSAIDs, Opioids can result in many painful side effects including; bone fractures (common in those over age 60), constipation, nausea, sedation, respiratory depression, myoclonus (muscle spasms), and urinary retention. For cancer patients who are in stages of the disease that require the use of Opioids it has been discovered that marijuana can also be used in combination with Opioids to decrease the uncomfortable side effects that result from Opioids alone.
For chronic pain sufferers the benefits of medical marijuana under close physician supervision can positively impact their quality of life while also protecting their bodies from harmful side effects that result from long term use of other pain management techniques. Whether used alone, or in combination with other forms of pain management, it can be life changing. Most importantly, a better way is available and thousands are already recovering from a life of chronic pain thanks to medical marijuana.