Medications and treatment follow pain, disease, accidents and illnesses. Pain rings a bell in our mind that something is wrong with the body. It is a symptom of an underlying condition and can disrupt a person’s quality of life. Almost 20-70% of pain can be relieved using simple medications and it is the remaining cases that need various medications that can ease pain though it cannot be negated. Acute pain is the simple form that stays for a short period and relieved using simple medicines. Chronic pain as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis or cancer remains forever and there are no truly effective medicines for such pains and people find relief to a certain extent only to experience some other crippling side effect.
Marijuana as a pain reliever come as a shocking, surprising and relieving news to people worldwide! This is one of the few topics of interest that create great controversies among doctors, researchers, scientists, policy makers and governments. The statement spurs thousands of questions in each of our minds-Is it safe? Is it a trick to legalize marijuana use? Do we become addicted? How effective is it as a drug?
Medical marijuana is legalized in certain countries such as Uruguay, Australia, Columbia, Canada and in 29 states of USA. India has been using cannabis as early as 2000 BC for recreational purpose, as a prasad of God and is available at the lowest price compared to anywhere else in the world (2016 report). In late 2017, cultivation of marijuana plant for medical research was legalized by our government.
Acute or Chronic
Acute pain is experienced following a surgery or a minor accident and physicians prescribe opiates to relieve pain. But the same drugs don’t act effectively on people suffering from chronic pain, might cause nausea and sedation that adds burden in the long run or the dosage is steadily increased over the years as they become tolerant to the current dosages. Better alternatives would be welcome by those suffering from chronic pain. The question here is whether marijuana might serve the purpose?
In Search of Relief
Chronic pain that cannot be treated effectively with medications pushed researchers to look out for alternate and better pain relievers. This was the point when researchers stumbled onto marijuana, the oldest form of medicine, for using it as a pain-relieving medication. Early in this pursuit, people discovered fascinating results of marijuana use in relieving headache pain to even easing pain during childbirth.
On the Medical Front
Cannabidiol or CBD is the part of the marijuana plant without the intoxicating properties. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the component of the plant responsible for the ‘high’ feeling and as CBD has no THC in it, patients who consume it face no stability issues. On the other side, CBD can relieve insomnia, anxiety, spasticity and pain due to epilepsy.
Downsides of this Potential Ancient Drug
Experts likely witness numerous disadvantages in consuming marijuana. It makes you:
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