Approximately 25 percent of all people in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain due to medical conditions ranging from fibromyalgia to cancer. They constantly search for ways to relieve or reduce their pain level. Medical marijuana has been proven to relieve chronic pain more effectively than traditional pain relievers. It is not addictive and does not cause any uncomfortable side effects.
Medical marijuana relieves pain without debilitating side effects.
Nearly 300 separate scientific studies were conducted between 1975 and 2011. All concluded that marijuana is an effective treatment for chronic pain and is superior to traditional opioids or over-the-counter medications in several ways. Specifically, long term use of marijuana for medical purposes creates very few, if any, side effects.
Opioids and over-the-counter pain relievers can cause GI bleeding, ulcers, high blood pressure, kidney and liver damage. Other side effects include muscle spasms, nausea and even bone fractures. On the other hand, marijuana relieves chronic pain and has virtually no side effects.
When opioids are prescribed in conjunction with marijuana for treatment of chronic pain, the opioid dosage can be substantially reduced and the side effects caused by the opioids are considerably alleviated.
Medical marijuana reduces pain caused by inflammation.
Some chronic pain, such as arthritis pain, is caused by inflammation and swelling. Although marijuana is not a cure for those conditions, it does reduce both inflammation and swelling and thereby reduces pain.
Medical marijuana helps pain sufferers sleep and relieves their nausea.
Chronic pain sufferers often have trouble sleeping. They never feel rested. Pain-relieving marijuana helps induce sleep so the daily grind of being tired is also relieved.
Chronic pain sufferers and many cancer sufferers lose their appetite or become nauseated and have trouble eating. Medical marijuana relieves the nausea and increases the appetite. Traditional painkillers do neither of these things and, in fact, have been found to increase sleeplessness, nausea and loss of appetite.
Marijuana is not addictive and has no known adverse interactions with other drugs.
Studies have shown that there is no physical dependence or addiction to medical marijuana. On the contrary, addiction to opioids, such as oxycodone, is common. Furthermore, chronic pain sufferers often take a number of other drugs to treat their underlying medical conditions. Some pain relievers have adverse reactions with the drugs and are contraindicated. There is no known adverse interaction with marijuana and any other drug.
There has never been a marijuana overdose.
The CDC reports that more than 15,000 people die every year from overdosing on prescription pain killers. On the other hand, in more than 5,000 years of recorded use, there has never been a documented marijuana overdose.
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