Chronic PainMedical cannabis for Chronic Pain
Chronic or long-term pain is pain which is experienced for at least 3 months. The Pain can be caused by an underlying condition (injury, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, endometriosis). Chronic pain is considered common, affecting between one-third and one-half of the population of the UK.
Chronic Pain Conditions
Our therapies are thought to act on our own endocannabinoid system, which is made up of our very own cannabinoid receptors throughout the body and our endocannabinoids, chemicals which lock on to those receptors and perform vital functions, such as pain management.
Global data shows that patients receiving medical cannabis for chronic pain are likely to achieve a 30-50% reduction in pain compared to those receiving placebo.
For more information visit: Frequently Asked Questions | British Pain Society Information for the public | Chronic pain (primary and secondary) in over 16s: assessment of all chronic pain and management of chronic primary pain | Guidance | NICE
The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Common symptoms include joint swelling, pain, and stiffness. This often results in a restricted range of movement and reduces the ability to carry out daily activities. Symptoms may come and go and can be classified as mild, moderate or severe.
Neuropathic pain develops when nerves in the body are damaged. The symptoms depend on which nerves are affected but is typically described as shooting, burning, tingling or like an electric shock. The pain is usually constant but can come and go. Some causes of neuropathic pain can be diabetes, alcoholism, vitamin B12 deficiency, spinal cord injury.
Cancer related pain