Can Medical Marijuana Treat Patients With Chronic Nerve Pain

April 21, 2021

Medical cannabis is an increasingly popular all natural alternative to traditional pain medications, such as Tramadol, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and more. Marijuana can and will ease certain types of chronic pain, including pain resulting from nerve damage and inflammation. When the sensory system is impacted by injury or disease, the nerves within that system cannot work to transmit sensation to the brain. This often leads to a sense of numbness, or lack of sensation. However, in some cases when this system is injured, individuals experience pain in the affected region. Neuropathic pain does not start abruptly or resolve quickly it’s a chronic condition which leads to persistent pain symptoms.


Regardless of the cause, neuropathy is associated with characteristic symptoms. Although some people with neuropathy may not have symptoms, certain symptoms are common. The severity to which an individual is affected by a particular neuropathy varies. Damage to the sensory nerves is common in peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms often begin in the feet with a gradual onset of loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, or pain and progress toward the center of the body with time. The arms or legs may be involved. The inability to determine joint position may also occur, which can result in clumsiness or falls. Extreme sensitivity to touch can be another symptom of peripheral neuropathy. The sensation of numbness and tingling of the skin is medically known as paresthesia says on Doctor who issues medical marijuana cards in Florida.


There are many reasons that patients may develop neuropathic pain. However, on a cellular level, one explanation is that an increased release of certain neurotransmitters which signal pain, combined with an impaired ability of the nerves to regulate these signals leads to the sensation of pain originating from the affected region. Additionally, in the spinal cord, the area which interprets painful signals is rearranged, with corresponding changes in neurotransmitters and loss of normally-functioning cell bodies; these alterations result in the perception of pain even in the absence of external stimulation. When damage to the motor nerves occurs, symptoms include weakness, loss of reflexes, loss of muscle mass, cramping, & loss of dexterity.


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