Chronic Pain

Patients suffering from chronic pain appear to experience some pain relief with the use of medical marijuana as well as improvements in mood and overall quality of life. Researchers at McGill University completed a study to learn the effects of long term medical marijuana use for chronic pain. Dr. Aline Boulanger explained, “We found no evidence of harmful effects on cognitive function, or blood tests among cannabis consumers and we observed a significant improvements in their levels of pain, symptom distress, mood and quality of life.”2 Researchers at the University of Michigan found that patients using medical marijuana to control chronic pain reported a “64 percent reduction in their use of more traditional prescription pain medications known as opioids.”3

2 McGill University. (2015, Sept 29). Medical cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain. McGill University. Retrieved From: https://www.mcgill.ca/channels/news/medical-cannabis-treatment-chronic-pain-255706
3 Arbor, A. (2016, Mar 22). Medical marijuana reduces use of opioid pain meds, decreases risk for some with chronic pain. Michigan News. Retrieved From: http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/23622-medical-marijuana-reduces-use-of-opioid-pain-meds-decreases-risk-for-some-with-chronic-pain

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