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Chronic Pain


Chronic Pain

There are many causes for chronic pain, including AIDS, arthritis, cancer, sickle cell anemia, multiple sclerosis, and back, neck and spinal cord injuries, as well as degenerative hip and joint disorders and even severe burns. In almost every case, pain is not the primary condition, but a symptom that varies in duration, frequency and severity, and is different for every patient. While the underlying condition will determine how the pain is treated, it doesn't always dictate the proper pain management. Instead, this is determined by the kind and severity of pain.
The goal in all cases, however, is for the patient experiencing pain to function as normally as possible, by reducing their pain as much as possible while also minimizing the side effects so often associated with pain therapies. Failure to adequately manage chronic pain doesn't merely result in an annoyed patient, but can lead to depression, despair, and even a death-wish, when patients refuse potentially life-saving procedures such as surgery or chemotherapy, which cause suffering in and of themselves.
While cannabis is not a cure-all, it can serve at least two important functions in the safe and effective management of pain:

  1. It can provide actual pain relief, either when used alone, or when used in conjunction with other analgesics;
  2. It can control the nausea and vomiting that are common side effects of using opioid drugs, as well as the nausea, vomiting, and dizziness that often come hand-in-hand with ongoing severe pain.

While opiates are an effective treatment for severe pain, they also tend to induce intense nausea that can cause not just discomfort, but may also lead to malnourishment, anorexia, cachexia (the wasting disease) and an overall decline in patient's health. Some patients find this nausea so bad that they're willing to stop their pain treatment just to end it.
Conversely, an almost immediate relief from pain is provided by inhaled cannabis, and there are fewer adverse effects with this than there are with a common cannabinoid drug Marinol, which contains THC. There are two reasons for this:

  1. Inhaling cannabis allows the active components of it to be absorbed into the blood stream faster and with greater effectiveness.
  2. There are more cannabinoids present in inhaled cannabis than there are in Marinol, which contains only THC. These additional components may have additional anti-emetic (anti-nausea) properties, and have also been shown to provide better pain control than straight THC

Research has also shown that spraying a cannabis extract under the tongue can provide an almost immediate relief from pain, as well.


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kush57 | May 18, 2013

I have had 4 Surgery's for a broken Neck, they help me get hooked on Morphine for Pain... I want to get off that crap so bad. So i try MMJ and Wow does it help my Pain and in the last year i have been slowly getting off the pills. Now i got a problem

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Guest | May 11, 2013

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Guest | Feb 27, 2013

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Guest | Feb 9, 2013

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Guest | Dec 1, 2012

Hello all, I am looking for some advice. My grandmother has had 2 back surgeries in the past year and she is in severe pain. The meds that the doctors give to her make her very sick and she usually refuses to take them. Does anyone have a recomme

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Guest | Nov 8, 2012

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Guest | Oct 23, 2012

I have been on strong narcotics for chronic back and leg pain for the past 23 years. I was on Methadone for 12 years and now my doctor switched me to Morphine, 75mg a day. I don't like th side effects and will be moving (back) to MMJ for relief. I'v

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Guest | Oct 10, 2012

I just tried it for severe chronic pain and it gives me alot of relief. I am going to try and make edibles since it seems they work better and longer.

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Guest | Sep 18, 2012

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Guest | Sep 1, 2012

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Guest | Jul 7, 2012

I live in Canada, once you get your MMJ approval, it is national.. I have lived with back pain for yrs. When someone offered me some indica to smoke, that was the first time in years that I was able to sleep thru the night.. I came across a recipe wher

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Guest | May 17, 2012

Can anyone name the highest concentrate of cbd strain, this is the type my doctor says will help me most. I have had goog luck with the Northern Lights, but feel I will do better with a different strain. Along with Fibromyalgia I have chronic gastric t

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Guest | May 5, 2012

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Guest | Apr 6, 2012

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Guest | Jan 29, 2012

I have cronic neck, back and shoulder pain along with tmj , I live in Indiana. how do I go about this ?

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Guest | Jan 28, 2012

I have been in severe pain for years ! with back and neck pain. also tmj which is very painful. I live in Indiana and Im not sure how this works. can I just find me a Dr in Michigan ?

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Patrick1967 | Jan 15, 2012

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Guest | Dec 5, 2011

I think the major thing marijuana does for my pain is that it changes the channel...my brain starts to concentrate on something else...it works YAY

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Guest | Nov 29, 2011

I too have major back problems. After a fusion and two "cleanings" I now have spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal cord passage, basically the vertebrae are growing and crushing the spinal cord. After having going through five different

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Guest | Nov 22, 2011

I would absolutely love to try MMJ to see if it would help with my severe chronic back pain. However, I have no idea where to go to get it. I live in the St Louis, Mo area and would be too afraid to just walk up to strangers and ask. My luck, I'd en

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Guest | Nov 2, 2011

I have been dealing with some nasty sciatica pain the past couple of years and last spring I asked one of my docs what I could take for it and although he could not legally tell me to use Marijuana he did bring it up twice. I am a spinal injury patien

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Guest | Aug 16, 2011

I have lupus and fibromyalgia. Cannabis has saved my life! Taking the medications to doctors prescribed put me in the hospital with bad drug reactions. MMJ has given me my life back. It takes away the pain, clears my mind and lets me be the mom I want

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Medical marijuana helps me with nausea, I don't take pills but every time I eat I feel sick and often vomit. When I smoke marijuana it gives me hella appetite, and I don't feel nauseated anymore. It's great :)

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Guest | Aug 11, 2011

Cannabis is a life-saver for me. I have severe chronic pain through both arms, all the way from my hands to shoulders and across my chest (the anchor muscles for arm movement), nearly 24/7. Without cannabis, sometimes in combination with opiodes, I pro

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Guest | Aug 10, 2011

I have my medical card and use medical grade marijuana for stump pain, lost my leg in a motorcycle accident, and find edibles work wonders for pain. Been using the pain patch for over ten years, and hope to get off of narcotics one day. Smoke for the n

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Guest | Jul 19, 2011

I have suffered half my life with debilitating back pain from Degenerative disc disease after fracturing a vertabrae in college while playing baseball. I was also recently diagnosed with Akylosing Spondylitis and was basically crippled for months befo

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Guest | Jul 6, 2011

I have chronic pain as a result of breast cancer surgery. It was explained to me by my Doctor that the breast has so many nerves and nerve centers that it is not known how long this agony will persist. I am on a diet of pain pills, 2 kinds of anti-de

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Guest | Jun 29, 2011

My wisdom teeth are coming in on one side and smoking works better to soothe the pain than that numbing stuff. But there's no medical in TN and I don't know anybody in town, so I'm left to suffer.

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krreese | Jun 12, 2011

The older I get the more reasons I have to use MMJ. Always new aches and pains, this is my only relief, besides a hot bath or steam room. It helps with relieving chronic pain.

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Guest | Jun 5, 2011

I have not tried MMJ yet, but I have buldging lower disks and an anular tear in the spine from a fall. The Doctors have prescribed me narcotics that I hate because addiction runs so high in my family. Would MMJ help with my condition? If anyone could l

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marvin-marijuana-harvest | Jun 1, 2011

who would have known i could take cannabis for my pain...I have surver(Chronic)pain in my back.My spine is not right,one of my joints in my spin has shifted and it bothers me.Sometimes when it hurts it would hurt so bad that i cant walk,not even bend o

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Guest | May 18, 2011

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djherman420 | May 17, 2011

I turned to Medical Marijuana to end the Oxycodone and Morphine adiction my Doctor had me on for chronic back and neck pain and am much better off. I just wish insurance would pay for it, afterall it costs less then the $1500.00 a mounth tab the RX pai

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sbsdewb | Apr 23, 2011

I just have to add one more comment and that is just how much happier and easier my day to day life has been when I started using the Medical Marijuana and how greatful I am to live in such a wonder place that they do not frown upon me for using it.

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Kushie Q | Apr 23, 2011

I also use MMJ for my severe fibro pain but I also have endometritis and it works great. Menstrual cramps that are near debilitating has benefits, as well as degenerative bone loss. The relief for chronic pain is so wide spread every one should give it

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sbsdewb | Apr 8, 2011

When you have been broke up as much as I have with out the medical marijuana, you can't hardly get out of bed let alone function. It works on your brain to the point you feel like you can't handle life. Without the smoke, I can't even stand myself let

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Catterkang | Mar 28, 2011

I personally use cannabis for what is diagnosed to be Lupus, I don't have some of the symptoms of a regular Lupus patient. I do have widespread pain throughout my body mainly hurting in my neck and shoulder area, also I have pain in my joints and even

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lindzzz | Mar 26, 2011

I think that cannabis is a miracle for bad menstrual cramps, and some girls that I know only smoke when on their period. Personally nothing works better for me, because it not only takes away the cramps, but the nausea they cause as well. There are so

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bayareabrendan | Mar 24, 2011

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20100830/marijuana-relieves-chronic-pain-research-show Marijuana has helped my shoulder/neck pain so much. Combined with yoga it helps all my aches and pains.

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b1nary | Mar 15, 2011

i have a titanium kneecap from iraq, and no pills could help me with the pain. the only ones where addictive, i got hooked on oxy's for a lil bit...it sucked! but when i stopped all the pills i started to realize that MMJ helped with the pain and its n

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Marijuanamama | Mar 13, 2011

I suffer from fibromyalgia and if I took the pills the doctors want to give me I would live in a state of near unconsciousness all the time. But I have a family and kids. Who wants to not be a part of the world? Not me. With the assistance of med. mari

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CannabisGirl | Mar 13, 2011

I use it for my hand. There are days the pain in my hand is so bad I can't grip anything. Medical Marijuana truly helps.

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HolyKush | Mar 11, 2011

I use cannabis for back and shoulder pain. It helps me to relax my muscles, and also helps to sleep when I am having shoulder pain.

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