General 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. 14 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.” 15 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.” 16 As well, cannabinoids don't have the same toxicity issues as other drugs used for pain management, like opioids and anti-inflammatory drugs, in that the drug itself in high doses doesn't cause death or major health disorders.” 17

14 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
15 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
16 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 17 Zamon, R. (2015, Sept 30). Medical Marijuana Can Be A Huge Help For People In Pain -- With A Few Stipulations. The Huffington Post. Retrieved From: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/09/30/medical-marijuana-for-pain_n_8015852.html

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