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Studies suggest cannabis and cannabinoids are consistently effective in reducing chronic pain, but ineffective in treating acute postoperative pain, abdominal chronic pain, or rheumatoid pain. CBD has non-euphoriant, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. Numerous trials have shown the safety and efficacy of cannabis in treating central and peripheral neuropathic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer pain.
In this video orchestrated by TheJournal.ie, Jo Allen tells her story of suffering from chronic pain. Jo Allen has fibromyalgia. She has found cannabis-based medicines to be effective in easing her chronic pain. Fibromyalgia syndrome affects the muscles and soft tissue. It is characterized by chronic musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues. Researchers believe the disorder amplifies pain sensory by the impact the way the brain processes pain signals.
Jo Allen drops Cannabidiol (CBD) oil under her tongue three times a day. She also has a little vape pen. CBD is the only thing that she has found that alleviates her pain, particularly her hip pain. She is upset by chronic pain being left off many medical cannabis bills.
She tells interviewers she can take CBD and, within 20 minutes, she will know if she requires a morphine-based drug or not. A lot of the time, she only needs the CBD to ease her pain. Jo Allen felt so hopeful with starting CBD she joined online communities. She has since met people with so many conditions that can be treated by CBD. She specifically references on a friend with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Jo Allen says there needs to be a natural alternative for patients who don’t want to use opiates. She is, at the time of the video, convinced part of her recent cognitive decline is the result of one of the tablets she has been taking. She says she is desperate to get off this medication and, with continued CBD use, maybe one day she will.
If considering cannabinoids for treating your chronic pain, you must first consult your doctor. Cannabinoids, particularly THC, are not available in every state or country. A majority of states have legalized CBD sourced from non-psychoactive hemp plants. You will require a prescription for medical cannabis. Be sure to check local laws to assure you do not conspire in illegal activity.