Is medical marijuana better than prescription analgesics in helping chronic pain?

Chronic pain constitutes the single largest usage of medical marijuana.

Chronic back pain is a common problem for people between the ages of 30 and 50 and usually occurs because of the normal and natural process of age-related deterioration that is often related to stress. It is one of the most common ailments that are observed by doctors across the globe.

Chronic pain medications may end up leading to a tolerance with a need of increasing dosage to maintain effectiveness.  Opioid narcotics that are commonly used to treat chronic pain, like codeine, morphine, oxycodone, and methadone, are potentially addictive.

A substantial number of patients find that when treating their chronic pain with medical marijuana, they are able to eliminate or significantly cut down their opiate intake.  THC and the other cannabinoids inhibit the acute responses to painful stimuli.

They are effective at relieving chronic pain associated with nerve damage and inflammation. There aren’t many large scale research projects looking at marijuana’s pain relieving efficacy. But there are plenty of case reports showing that marijuana works well for peripheral nerve pain such as the phantom limb pain occurring after an amputation.

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