Can Cannabis Provide Relief for Chronic Back Pain?


Many people with chronic pain visit their physician to ask “Can cannabis treat back pain?” The overwhelming answer in medical studies around the world is a resounding — “Yes!”

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The National Health Service (NHS) in England reported that smoking cannabis reduced nerve pain after only inhaling a low to moderate amount. The McGill University in Canada carried out the study with funding provided by The Canadian Institutes of Health. WebMD went on to also state that the researchers at McGill University found that as little as three puffs of marijuana brought relief from pain caused by nerve injury and surgery. The participants in the study also experienced improved sleep.

In the states within the US where medical marijuana has been legalized, physicians are regularly prescribing cannabis to treat nerve pain such as that experienced by chronic back pain sufferers. When used to treat chronic nerve pain, the cannabis is smoked, taken as a liquid extract, vaporized or eaten to provide pain relief.

Dr. David Casarett, director of the hospice and palliative care program at the University of Pennsylvania, examined the use of marijuana to relieve neuropathic pain in back injuries and other examples in his book Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana. He also personally used medicinal cannabis to relieve his own chronic back pain with much success, reports the NPR News.  In his book, he also exams the use of medical marijuana to treat variety of ailments such seizures and post-traumatic stress disorder.


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