Easing Chronic Pain and Muscle Spasms with Cannabis | cannabisMD

Chronic Pain, Muscle Spasticity and Cannabis

Ashely Weber, 2014 on pain and muscle sparsity

Chronic pain is pain which is persistent for more than 12 weeks. This kind of pain can be the result of a serious injury to the body, such as a back injury, but is most commonly caused by an underlying condition. There are a wide range of chronic pain conditions. Some of the most common of these include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Headache disorders such as migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Endometriosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis

Muscle spacicity occurs when muscles are constantly contracting. This can cause long term damage to the muscles, mobility and speech. Although it does not come hand in hand with chronic pain, although there are a number of conditions which cause both symptoms, including Parkinson’s disease.

The current treatments available for chronic pain and muscle spacicity leave a lot to be desired. The efficacy of these pain medications varies considerably, and they can often cause unwanted side effects such as medication overuse headaches.

For this reason, many patients have turned to natural remedies to treat their symptoms instead. The most popular of these alternative e medicines is cannabis, which historians believe has been used to treat a whole host of illnesses, diseases and medical conditions for thousands of years.

Using Cannabis as a Treatment

Cannabis contains over a hundred different chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, and one of these in particular has been studied at length as a possible treatment for chronic pain and muscle spacicity.

Researchers have found that cannabidiol, better known as CBD, interacts with the regulatory systems in the human body which control pain. This system is called the endocannabinoid system. Studies have shown that CBD can act as a natural support to this system and has a significant pain relieving effect.

At present, there is not enough scientific data to conclusively say that cannabis is a viable treatment for chronic pain and muscle spacitity. However, this doesn’t mean that it should not be further explored. In fact, many in the medical science community believe that it is simply a matter of time before cannabis-based medications become mainstream.

In the meantime, the number of people using cannabis at home to treat their conditions continues to grow, as does the number of states who are changing their laws on medical cannabis.

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