Examples of medical conditions in this group:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Headache
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated disc
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia

Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists over 6 weeks duration, it can be neuropathic (nerve), visceral, muscle-skeletal, cancer-related, surgical and nociceptive pain (Treede et al., 2015). It is the most frequent complaint people have when using cannabis (National Academies of Sciences., 2017). It has been demonstrated that cannabis  activates chronic pain pathways by acting on cannabinoid receptor and other types of receptors in our bodies. It has been shown to increase potencies of allopathic medicines, specially opiates (Temple., 2016). The most evidence exists (and the most studied aspect of cannabis use is) for pain management – chronic pain, neuropathic pain (nerve) and cancer-related pain (Temple., 2016).  The evidence for chronic pain ranges from low to moderate grade but there is mostly anecdotal evidence that supports the use of cannabis for acute pain.

We recommend you to speak to a physician before starting medical cannabis for assessment to see if your fitted.

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