Medical cannabis has been proven to provide pain relief for chronic pain conditions, improving the quality of life for people living in pain and support them to manage their symptoms.
Patients may be prescribed painkillers but find that they are ineffective in treating their pain
These drugs can be incredibly strong painkillers, with far-reaching side effects. Sometimes, even these cannot help patients to manage pain, leading them to explore other avenues.
For example, medical cannabis can be used to modulate pain through the use of phytocannabinoids, which are a class of lipophilic molecules that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system is a network which interacts with the body’s central nervous and peripheral nervous system. In short, this means that phytocannabinoids hold incredible pharmacological potential.
One example of this in action can be seen in this study from 2019 in the United States, ‘Medical Cannabis: Effects on O-pioid and B- Requirements for Pain Control’ where the authors, M. O’Connell, M. Sandgren, L. Frantzen, E. Bower, and B. Erickson, found evidence shows that patients suffering from chronic pain exhibited a significant reduction in pain symptoms when treated with medical cannabis.
On top of that, opioids are often a common choice for helping with chronic pain. Medical cannabis is already being put forward by experts as an alternative medication to opioids, reducing the risk of developing a dependency and other unwanted side-effects. This study, written by Philippe Lucas and titled ‘Cannabis as an adjunct to or substitute for o-piates in the treatment of chronic pain’, states that cannabis can help lead to a greater cumulative relief of pain. That means fewer opiates are used and reduces the impact of the associated side-effects.
Pain is a debilitating symptom that can be linked to any number of complex conditions, causes, or other symptoms. Living with certain pain conditions is a common reality for many people in the UK, with over eight million people stating they live with chronic pain.
For persistent pain conditions, medical cannabis can be a source of relief. Many people are not just uncomfortable as a result of their pain, it can make it difficult to complete various everyday tasks that other people might find simple. Treatment with medical cannabis helps to manage and minimise symptoms of pain and drastically improve the quality of life for these patients.
There are certain conditions that make chronic pain a part of everyday life, to a point where it becomes hard to manage. Some of these pain conditions include:
Depending on the specific type of pain condition, a person may suffer from:
These symptoms can come and go in periods known as relapses and flare-ups. Flare-ups are when symptoms are particularly severe, whereas relapses are when symptoms might become more faint or even disappear altogether temporarily.
Treatment for pain will largely depend on the root cause of the pain or the underlying condition it’s related to. The most effective treatment plans often include combinations of the following treatment options:
The Medical Cannabis Clinics’ team is dedicated to raising awareness about how medical cannabis can help with pain conditions. Our experts are ready to cooperate with you and your individual needs to find a treatment plan that works for you. Your prescription can be tailored to suit your individual circumstances and needs, with ongoing support and adjustments made as necessary.
At The Medical Cannabis Clinics, we offer personalised treatment plans and private care for patients through online video link consultations with our expert specialist doctors, who will guide you through the treatment options available from the clinic.
Appointments start from just £70. Book a private consultation today and one of our expert specialist doctors will be able to offer you targeted advice and treatment plans, unique to your needs and symptoms.
Without the use of cannabinoids I would not be able to function daily without pain and it also helps with slowing down my thought process so I’m able to think before I act cannabis as always been a part of that process that’s what kept me out of trouble!
This treatment enabled me to walk & live, it hurt to walk & breathe. I was going downhill fast. Frankly, I was suicidal and could not bear the pain. It was all getting too much. Denervation treatments were required in lumbar, thoracic, neck & shoulders as my pelvis is fusing to my spine. I have not had my injections since August 2020 and currently do not need any. My disability has been downgraded, just incredible!. Cannabis has given me my life back, and I do not say those words lightly. Thank you so much for making it possible.
My condition is debilitating for 3-5 days of the month every month. Medicinal cannabis has completely eradicated the pain meaning I am able to function.
I found that medical cannabis has given me some control back into my life as I felt it was just falling apart. The pain changes too – which is easier to live with and it allows you to keep a decent amount of movement.
I wasn’t me anymore, and cannabis helped me change that. I have received amazing pain relief (about half the pain is gone when treated with cannabis), muscle relaxation (years of tension relieved), reduced spasticity with lower pain, less full spasms, reduced neuropathic pain, and improved mood. Standing, sitting and walking are a bit easier now, but hoping to return to physio after lockdown, thanks to cannabis helping far more than any other meds ever have.
I suffer with lower back pain on a daily basis. Medical cannabis helps me to stretch deeper than I was able to previously, it also helps me to relax and reduces the pain so I am able to stretch for longer periods of time. I also feel like it has helped with my concentration.
Medical cannabis has enabled me to get back a little bit of control over my life. While it doesn’t completely remove my pain it takes it to a level where I am able to do basic housework, care for my own hygiene needs, and enable me to be able to enjoy life again. It has also enabled me to stop taking some of my prescribed medications, most notably opiate pain killers.
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