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The Potential of Cannabis as a Treatment for Chronic Pain

The Potential of Cannabis as a Treatment for Chronic Pain

American Academy of Pain Medicine

Cannabinoids are a group of compounds that are located in the marijuana plant. Cannabis has been used a remedy for pain for over a thousand years and is currently being studied extensively because of its anti inflammatory effects. This paper will look at the potential benefits of cannabis and how it can be efficient in treating chronic pain. Also, the paper will look at the possible side effects brought on by consumption of cannabis.

Here is the full scientific article if you wish to download it.

Main Points

  • Cannabis has anti inflammatory effects
  • Cannabis is moderately effective in treating chronic pain

Cannabis has anti inflammatory effects

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the constituents of cannabinoids and it is proven to have anti inflammatory effects on animal cells. The right dosage of THC can be effective in treating chronic pain according to previous studies. THC has given cannabis a bad reputation in recent years because of its psychotropic adverse side effects. Medical cannabis is band in the united states because of potential abuse.

Cannabis is moderately effective in treating chronic pain

Patients were administered with cannabis in 18 controlled studies. These trials concluded that cannabis treatment is moderately effective for people with chronic pain and the beneficial effects may be because of the offset by potentially serious harms. There needs to be more studies in the effectiveness of cannabis to treat pain before a real conclusion is made.

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