Chronic pain effects hundred of thousands of Americans every year and it is becoming a growing problem for the health sector (in treating) and society in general. This is due to many people who suffer from chronic pain becoming addicted to the use of over the counter prescriptions and in some cases illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine and even crystal meth. The issue is said to derive from the chronic pain being so hard to treat because it will never go away. It is chronic after all. Therefore as time goes by these medications can become less effective and have more side effects on our internal organs as more powerful versions are used to make sure they remain effective.
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In some cases, after time has gone by, people may not be able to afford these medications or they simply need to try something else for relief. This is where many people in America turn to illegal substances. Ironically however it is a previously natural illegal substance which is said to have potential benefits for treating both chronic pain as well as treating opiate addiction. This substance is cannabis. While in the long run patients could see similar issues to using this treatment in regards to tolerance and effectiveness it is much more likely to have less serious side effects for those who use it.
This paper will delve deeper into how cannabis specifically targets the issues within our bodies to treat chronic pain. It is has been shown that one of its cannabinoids known as Cannabidiol or CBD for short has huge potential as an anti-inflammatory. To those who suffer from chronic pain will likely know this is interesting because most chronic issues are connected to an inflammation related cause.
Studies have shown that cannabis may be effective in the treatment of serious drug abuse. This research has suggested that increasing safe access to medical cannabis may reduce the personal and social harms associated with addiction, particularly in relation to the rising mal use of prescription opiates.
Although there is a lot of control by federal governments in North America, community-based medical cannabis shops have demonstrated successful at selling people trustworthy cannabis within an environment conducive to healing, and may be decreasing the mal use of drugs and other possible bad substances in their towns.
While many of the studies above suggested that cannabinoids can be trustworthy and more useful than prescription drugs, the illegality of cannabis has effected its potential for further research. Since it is illegal research institutes find it hard to gain samples for any type of testing. Synthetic versions can also only provide so much data when the natural cannabinoids is what matters most. This angers many who believe cannabis can help them as the therapeutic availability is also slowing when it comes to making actual medications for patients too.
Studies are also showing the potential for cannabis to be used as an aid for many treatments including HIV/Aids and Cancer. Most of these studies so that while cannabis can have an effect on the condition itself further research is needed to determine exactly how. Although until then cannabis is being found to help in aiding side effects from currently used treatments such as chemotherapy where it is recording as helping with nausea and vomiting. Anecdotal evidence have shown that the people who suffer from chronic pain conditions and smoke cannabis have significantly reduced their long term neuropathic pain, and thus improved their quality of life with no major adverse side effects.