Medical Cannabis and Chronic Pain

Treatments tailored to you

Different people experience pain in different ways, which often makes diagnosing the source of chronic pain and identifying a suitable treatment problematic. If you have persistent pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks, you’ve met the clinical definition for chronic pain.

Opioids, a class of drug that includes morphine, are commonly prescribed to patients suffering from prolonged and unexplained pain. However, these drugs are normally unsuitable for long-term care and can cause liver damage, dependence and abdominal problems if taken for too long. Long-term usage can also result in a tolerance for the drug, meaning higher doses may be required to have the same pain relieving effect.

Chronic Pain Treatments at MediCannabis

At MediCannabis, our medical doctors, nurses and specialists are on hand to give you the care and guidance you need. The variety of cannabinoid treatments available vary in strength and the compounds used, and it is important that you seek professional support when considering medical cannabis to treat chronic pain. This will ensure you receive the dose and product most suited to your condition and help you to achieve the best possible outcome.

 

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References

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2 Haroutounian, S., et al., 2016. The Effect of Medicinal Cannabis on Pain and Quality-of-Life Outcomes in Chronic Pain. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 32 (12). pp. 1036-1043.

3 Lynch, M.E and Ware, M.A. Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: An Updated Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. Accessed 24 March, 2019: https://cannabismedicinal.com.ar/images/documentos/Investigacion/dolorcronicoreviewlynch2015.pdf

4 McGregor, I. 2018. Cannabis use and non-cancer chronic pain. The Lancet Public Health (Correspondence), 3 (10) PE467.

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6 Hill, K.P., et al., 2017. Cannabis and Pain: A Clinical Review. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, 2(1). Accessed 24 March, 2019: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/can.2017.0017