Nerve Pain and Medical Cannabis

by | Dec 29, 2021

Diabetic Neuropathy. Migraines. Sciatica. These are all nerve-related types of pain. Those suffering from these conditions may have tried medications such as Lyrica or Gabapentin without much relief or with unwanted side effects. In this case medical cannabis may help.

A study demonstrated that the efficacy of medical cannabis was comparable in some cases to current prescription medications for treatment of nerve pain (see PubMed). More studies will need to be conducted to give us a better picture.

CBD, a cannabinoid, can block or suppress inflammatory and nerve related pain without giving a patient psychoactive effects. The combination of THC and CBD works synergistically to provide even better nerve pain treatment.

For those who are unaware, the CBD and THC bind to the same chemical receptor in the brain (CB1 receptors). The more CBD present on that chemical receptor, the less psycho-activity one will experience from THC. For those who do not tolerate the psychoactive effects, it is best to look for high CBD/lower THC content. A study showed that by co-administering CBD and THC, it reversed the anxiety-like behavior caused by THC (Science Daily).

Through medicating with products higher in CBD/lower in THC, migraine sufferers have been able to cut back on over the counter medications like Tylenol/Advil/Alleve and prescription medication like Imitrex, Maxalt, etc.

Not only do inhaled and ingestible forms of medical cannabis help with nerve pain, but topical ointments/salves can also be of great benefit for nerve pain.

Maybe medicating with MMJ will be of benefit to you!

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