The Latest Studies on Marijuana and Pain [2018 Update]

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MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on April 8, 2018

Recent Studies on Marijuana and Pain [2018]

Some of the newest and latest research and evidence…

It’s 2018 now, and the world is changing. Although cannabis is still not completely accepted globally, some of those who once did not believe in marijuana’s medical abilities now see its usefulness as clear as day. Not only is this green and gorgeous flower capable of assisting with things like inflammation, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, behavioral conditions, cancer, MS, ALS and more, it is also an incredible relief against pain, in multiple forms. Whether it is chronic pain, arthritis/joint pain, headaches/migraines, back aches, cramping, fibromyalgia, or any other source of pain, marijuana has shown evidence of being beneficial and a massive amount of past studies have proven true the positive statements claimed about this miracle plant.

In this article, we take a look at several of the most recent of these cannabis studies that express evidence for the powers and pain-managing capabilities of “Mary Jane.” Cannabis is not only loved for its medical attributes, but also for its recreational capabilities and the way it presents all around good vibes.

Keep reading to discover the most recent studies regarding marijuana and pain in our 2018 guide…

Marijuana and Migraines

Affecting approximately 37 million individuals in the United States alone, migraines are much more intense than your regular headache, often coupled with extra symptoms that are not common with other types of head related pains. These symptoms can include vomiting and nausea, as well as sensitivities to smells, sounds and light. Furthermore, fatigue and tiredness can also appear. The symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours all the way up to a number of weeks. These intense occurrences leave you debilitated and unable to function normally – even to the point where you basically just have to lay down until it passes.

It’s common knowledge that incurable migraines can actually benefit immensely from cannabis, and a research study published in 2016 in the European Journal of Pharmacology proves just this.

In the experiment, the efficacy of THC and its anti-migraine effects when administered to female rats in varying doses and times was examined, ultimately concluding that the CB1 receptor is moderating the effects of THC against migraines, and also that THC did prove successful if administered in the correct dose (which was at least 0.32 mg/kg) and at the correct period of allotted time.

Although this study was conducted on animals (which isn’t always 100% accurate when related to humans), another research project coming out of Italy was conducted in June of 2017, and took place on 127 human subjects. Results ultimately declared that THC and other cannabinoids were equally as effective against migraines as pharmaceutical medications, which of course is a massive move in the right direction for the world of medical marijuana.

Cannabis and Parkinson’s Disease:

Although Parkinson’s disease is not directly defined by pain, those who do have this medical condition have regularly reported an increased sensitivity to pain, which can be especially debilitating. Those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease also experience tremors, challenges with movement, cognitive difficulties, impaired balance and many other debilitating problems. There is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, so those diagnosed must live with this condition for the entirety of their life.

Fortunaely, though, cannabis has proven to be a hopeful solution for managing some of the difficulties that are linked to Parkinson’s disease. In fact, a study released in November 2017 and conducted by Tel Aviv University in Israel tested 40 patients with Parkinson’s Disease. They discovered that after smoking medical marijuana for a total of 19 months, many of the debilitating symptoms connected to this medical disorder were improved. To be exact, 82% of test subjects reported an improvement of their Parkinson’s-related symptoms after the allocated period of time, while another 75% claimed an enhancement in their general and overall mood. These results provide strong proof that cannabis could be a possible solution for the minimizing the onset and duration of Parkinson’s symptoms amongst those diagnosed.

Marijuana’s Effectiveness As a Replacement for Opioid Pain Medications

Pain is an issue that millions of individuals suffer from in the United States alone, and this uncomfortable and problematic sensation has numerous sources of origin. Typically, doctors and medical practitioners prescribe opioid derived pain medications when one of their patients reports serious discomfort. Although these medications do bring some relief, America has been suffering from an opioid epidemic, especially within the past decade. Just to put things into perspective, for instance, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that more than 115 Americans die from opioid overdose every single day. Although this number does not only include prescription opioids, many of those addicted to this substance are consuming it in the form of prescribed medications. Prescription drug overdose is also said to be the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, which only further solidifies the extent of the epidemic, particularly in the US.

A study published in June 2017 in the scientific journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, however, concluded that marijuana is “just as effective, if not more, than opioid based medications for pain” (Reiman et. al. 2017).

In this study survey data from 2,897 medical cannabis patients were collected, and 97% of the sampled group reported that they either strongly agreed or agreed that they were able to decrease their opiate usage with the help of marijuana. Also, 81% of the sampled group reported that they either strongly agreed or agreed that consuming marijuana by itself was actually even more effective for their pain than consuming it alongside opioids. These results, along with considering the fact that the surveyed group was quite large, provides quite a strong argument for the use of cannabis to manage pain, providing the world with a small glimmer of hope that this green plant from Mother Nature herself could be the answer to the rising opioid epidemic.

Final Thoughts:

It’s important to understand that the research demonstrated in this article is only some of the most recent examples of cannabis’ effectiveness at managing pain. Numerous other studies that are a bit older also support this statement, and it is safe to say that many more batches of evidence will be released in coming years, and in fact are already in the process of being released. If you have been wondering about how much you should trust marijuana to manage your own pain, or the pain of a loved one, then this article is for you.

It is important to remember that the consumption of cannabis is the sole responsibility of the user, and discretion should always be taken. We hope you not only found this article to be entertaining, but also educational and informative.

Sources:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014299917307239#THC%20%20anti-%20migraine%20effect
https://www.ean.org/amsterdam2017/fileadmin/user_upload/E-EAN_2017_-_Cannabinoids_in_migraine_-_FINAL.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/29059132/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5569620/#!po=1.21951

The Latest Studies on Marijuana and Pain [2018 Update]
April 8, 2018
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  1. Alex Dani
    Although addiction changes the brain in a lasting way, it is probably not as “unlearnable” as riding a bicycle. Neuroimaging evidence from people with methamphetamine addiction, for example, show that after a year’s abstinence from the drug, significant recovery of lost dopamine transporters is seen—indicating a restoration of at least some of the prior ability to function without the drug. Every drug is different, and there is much we still do not know about the recovering brain, but with proper treatment (and ideally, support from the community, family, and loved ones), it is possible to at least partly undo the effects of addiction.

    Although addiction changes the brain in a lasting way, it is probably not as “unlearnable” as riding a bicycle. Neuroimaging evidence from people with methamphetamine addiction, for example, show that after a year’s abstinence from the drug, significant recovery of lost dopamine transporters is seen—indicating a restoration of at least some of the prior ability to function without the drug. Every drug is different, and there is much we still do not know about the recovering brain, but with proper treatment (and ideally, support from the community, family, and loved ones), it is possible to at least partly undo the effects of addiction.

  2. Sandy Starnes

    I’ve used marijuana at age 13 for a migraines.to this day it was the only thing that helped my migraines.I wish S.C.would legalize it so I can use it for my chronic back and neck PAIN.pills are NOT helping they just co use other medical problems.I would give anything to be in a study for pain and migraines.if there’s any in sc.or Charlotte n.c. prefer sc.I have spinal stanoses in my neck and back.my neck is twisted like a zig zag bones crushing on each other crushing nerves.causing lots of pain migraine s and my arm’s and legs fall asleep can’t stand long I loose my grip.spend a lot of time laying down.can’t keep a job migraines.make me vary sick for day’s and weeks.I know marijuana work’s.I just wish everyone lets did.so people like me can get real help.

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