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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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Guest | Sep 4, 2013
 
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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 my Pain Dr. will sign for my renewal but my PCP turned me down ( Signed Last Year ) so here soon I will be with out. Not Fair
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Guest | May 11, 2013
 
I just received a physician's letter. Don't know where to go from here. Any information? I live in CA.
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Guest | Feb 27, 2013
 
I have been suffering for ten years, taking every prescription pain med the docs can throw at me, plus 4 surgeries. My question is, if I try cannabis, will I know immediately if it is going to help me, or will it take several times? I am desperate, at the end of my rope. Also, how long does cannabis stay in my system? I have 2 docs who take blood every 3 mos. so I need to know if it will show up in that. Thanks, anyone and everyone.
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Guest | Feb 9, 2013
 
I suffer from cronic pain and have never used weed before. I suffer pain in my right foot along with bulging disks in my low back and neck and migraines bipolor and anxity. I am on disability and have been dealing with this for 4 years and now my pain management doctor has stopped seeing me. I live in Florida where it is illegal but I have read where people that live in my state get it. Does anyone have information on how I can get ahold of it? Thanx
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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 recommended strain for her? She has severe chronic back pain and numbness. Also, it would be best if you could suggest something in a tea form. I cannot imagine my 80 year old grandma smoking it up! Thank You!
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dominate play | Nov 12, 2012
 
Well,I have Sjogren's Syndrome similar to lupus widespread pain body feels like it has the flu,all joints hurt muscles from the inflammation of arthritis and sjogrens i take hemp-seed oil it helps,im tired of taking oxys and roxies but need to til i get MMJ,i don't know when that will be im in alabama so u know i'm f'd steve
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dominate play | Nov 12, 2012
 
I to am in the bible belt,i've chanced it for 20 yrs.do what i gotta do steve
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Guest | Nov 8, 2012
 
I have severe back pain, every three months it puts me on my ass for a few days, where I can't move or anything.. I always feel weird when I smoke weed, but taking muscle relaxers makes me want to pass out and do absolutely nothing... I am trying to figure out how to get my medical card. But thanks to voters, its now legal in Washington State for recreational use. :D
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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've tried several types of hard candy and chocolate, but I'm still looking for that *right* dose to help relieve the pain but not make me too loopy - I work full time and need to be able to talk to people without sounding stoned.
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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
 
More of the medicinal benefits of this plant come from eating edibles made from cannabis butter, or by eating the essential oil. (Cannabis Oil) When smoking it, the plant is not able to reach all of the endocannabinoid receptors throughout the body. Instead they just reach the brain, lungs and blood stream. By ingesting cannabis, the endocannabinoid system is deeply infiltrated, allowing for total for the maximum healing potential of the plant to be reached. If you haven't tried ingesting it for pain, you are missing out...give it a try, you will be glad you did.
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Guest | Sep 1, 2012
 
HI,I smoked weed since my 13 to my 25,when i became a mom.im 33 now,and for the last 3 years ive suffered chronic back and neck pains. last week my best friend gave me a little sack whith weed and oh!!! how i missed it!!! my kids are in hollidays with their dad so i can go sit outside and enjoy more especially because my pains are gone!!! if i could i would of started using a long time ago!!! i recomend it to everyone especially whos in pain everyday and is desperatly using all kinds of painkillers just to get throught the day!!!here its ilegal and expensive,but if where you live is legal,go for it.and for those who feel unconfortable it being a drug,just think about your PAIN!! good luck ;D
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Guest | Aug 6, 2012
 
Hey Everyone, I'm looking for a strain that's good for chronic pain relief but doesn't get you too high, It'd be nice to find a strain were i can carry on with my day and not just sit there stoned. I am searching all over the internet for advice so any help would be greatly appreciated. Peace and Love
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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 where you take the bud and slowly cook it with Organic Coconut Oil, cool it and then put it into gel-caps, this Fall will be my first attempt trying it. Has anyone else tried it this way??
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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 troubles, and insomia.
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Guest | May 5, 2012
 
Guest Apr 6, 2012. You didn't mention what state you live in. Unless you live in a MM state then discussing this with your doctor won't get you any closer to the MM you need. Since you can't move and you need MM then the answer is to find it on the street and take care of yourself. The Feds and your State Police don't have to suffer the pain, you do. So it's up to you to decide. Do you continue to suffer or do you break a foolish law and take your chances but get rid of your pain.
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Guest | Apr 6, 2012
 
How can a person who lives in a Bible Belt state go about getting medically prescribed mmj? I have ankylosing spondylitis in my back, and the pain isn't helped much by anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), or the weak pain meds my dr. prescribes. I not only benefit from the pain relief, but am actually able to get some work done that I normally wouldn't if on prescribed drugs. I can't pack up and move to a MMJ state, or I would have months ago, when the pain cost me a very nice paycheck. I now am unemployed, no benefits due to a "Pre-existing" condition. How can I bring the subject up to my doctor?
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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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patman23185 | Jan 15, 2012
 
i have had back problems for years and i hate taking pills so even though weed is illegal in my state i use it to help with the pain and sleep i come home and use everyday after work so i can function without pain so legal marijuana would be best for everyone
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Guest | Jan 12, 2012
 
Quote: It helps with alot of stuff alot of people say all the time :)[
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Guest | Jan 12, 2012
 
Alot of people say its great and it is not a gate way drug chocie is the gate way drug
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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 doctors to try to find relief, four of which refused to see me again after looking at my medical file and seeing my condition, I have finally ended up at a pain management clinic. Their answer to my pain, they want another surgery to implant a full time spinal nerve block, so I can get off the narcotics. I have another solution for them, get this state (KS) to allow MMJ and I will not have as much of a problem with the pain!
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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 end up hooking up with an undercover cop and get arrested. LOL!
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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 patient and my sciatica pain is caused by the way I sit in my wheelchair but there's no way of correcting it. I am still trying to find the right strain but tried Headband yesterday and liked it. I use a vaporiser and like it, I do not smoke until I'm stoned I don't like the feeling of being stoned plus I'm afraid I would fall out of my wheelchair while reaching for grapes to eat LOL
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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 to be. I can play with my children, maintain my home and work all thanks to a glorious plant when man made drugs made me ill. Free the Plant!
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Guest | Aug 12, 2011
 
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 probably would have ended my life to escape the constant pain.
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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 nausea caused by hiato hernia, and other stomach problems, have a history of bleeding ulcers going back 35 years, helps keep me mentally stable.
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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 before I was able to find a diagnosis and get prescribed injections to keep my body from attacking itself. MMJ has been a savior for me for my chronic pain and insomnia. I have been prescribed every pain killer and muscle relaxer known to man, but nothing works as well as MMJ. I have had two friends who have died from Pain killer abuse and quit taking them to ensure, I too would not get addicted. Anyone who thinks marijuana is the gateway drug, addicting, etc has never suffered from pain, insomnia, etc. Luckily, I live in CA where they are compassionate and understand what it is like to suffer. Indica is hands down the best pain killer there is. For those of you that suffer, I feel your pain and empathize! Keep fighting the fight and best of luck! - Azmuscle
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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-depressents, nerve blockers, anti-anxiety medicine (2 kinds) and a variety of other Chinese herbal medicines (which I have not yet reaped any benefit from). Someone offered me some edibles (brownies, cookies, fruit bars, butter, and gummies. My body has responded so well to this that this is the first time that I have been able to actually sit in my chair pain-free. The trouble is that I have to get out of the chair and go to work. So, I've been working on just how much to eat to obtain the pain relief without being baked.
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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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Herb Lady | 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 let me know, Ild appreciate this very much. I have mood swings because of the pain and it has been hard for my family to deal with..
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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 over a inch.
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Guest | May 18, 2011
 
it works for shoulder dislocation pain to baaam
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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 pain pills cost them.
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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 a try once in their live.s
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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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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 alone my family stand me. If you have real intense pain give it a try whether it is by smoking, vap, or tinctures you will not regret it.
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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 my skin hurts. I was diagnosed with this a month after graduating high school, I had horrible heart pain one night when I laid down and I went to the ER only to find out I had liquid surrounding my heart and that my heart was inflamed, this went away. Only for a year later the same thing to happen, which was much more severe and I was scheduled for heart surgery that night. I found out that the lupus was causing inflammation of my body causing fluids building up with no where to go, I have lived with lupus complications and wide-spread body pains for 4 years now and cannabis helps greatly now that my heart is healthy and showing no signs of problems. I didn't smoke for around a year after the surgery, I was too terrified to cause myself a heart attack, But the paranoia of that slowly went away after talking to a doctor about my situation. I got my medical marijuana card and the quality of my life is greatly helped by using cannabis.
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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 many different aches and pains that all people deal with on a daily basis, and the great thing about medical cannabis is that it can treat almost all of them. I have known so many opiate pill addicts who switched to cannabis and never looked back. It is important to know the difference between Marinol and cannabis, and I like that it is so simply explained in this article.
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| 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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Ha-Y-N Boi In CO | 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 not addictive.
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CannabisGril | 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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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. marijuana I can be an active part of their lives without pain taking me to my knees. For chronic pain it is the top notch choice.
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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.