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Can Cannabis Help My Chronic Pain?

March 23, 2010

Chronic Pain is a catch-all term that can describe anything from a recurring twinge after an “old football injury” to the aches associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and serious injuries. Stress can cause muscle tension that leads to pain; ulcers can cause pain in the abdomen. Even aging in general is associated to some degree with an increase in joint and muscle pain that can limit activities, interfere with sleep, and, well, be a pain.

Although many groups claim that marijuana is not a good choice for pain management, they generally still concede that the use of marijuana has been proven to mitigate suffering, and continue to study marijuana, its derivatives and various components. This dichotomy is of little consequence to the thousands of patients who experience relief from chronic pain every day. While study and chemical theory may be an interesting topic, ultimately what matters in pain treatment is what works for the patient, and many feel that marijuana is an excellent alternative to other pain treatments, which can be ineffective, over-powering, and in many cases, highly addictive.

It was in keeping with this ideal that California passed Proposition 215 in 1996. Known as the California Compassionate Use Act, Proposition 215 allows for patients to use marijuana for medical purposes with a recommendation from a California licensed physician.

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