Neuropathy Pain Can Be Relieved By Smoking Vaporized Cannabis
Chronic pain caused by neuropathy can be relieved by smoking vaporized cannabis. This new research was conducted by scientists at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.
Lots of people suffer from neuropathy. This condition is familiar to half of all diabetics. Patients in such a condition sometimes can`t feel the toes, feet, legs, hands, and arms. It happens because damaged nerves cause chronic pain or loss of feeling, or inflict burning or prickling sensation. Medicines do not always help.
According to Barth Wilsey, MD, of UC Davis Medical Center, “…pharmacologic management of neuropathic pain can be quite challenging. In randomized clinical trials, no more than half of patients experience clinically meaningful pain relief from pharmacotherapy.” So the legalization of unconventional pain reliever such as cannabis may address unfilled demand.
39 patients took part in the research. All of them suffer from central and peripheral neuropathic pain. During the study they inhaled a medium or a low dose of marijuana`s active ingredient THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), or a placebo with the help of vaporizer.
By vaporizing cannabis you can escape toxins. Side effects from marijuana also can be avoided as during the vaporization cannabis is heated to a temperature where the psychoactive ingredients evaporate.
Participants of the research smoked the vaporized cannabis three times. According to the researchers, the 30% reduction in pain intensity was noticed at those who had smoked low or medium doses of THC comparing to the placebo. The result is almost the same as caused by traditional neuropathic pain medications. Also according to the researchers, the “high” effect was minimal.
So smoking vaporized cannabis can be an effective option for patients suffering from treatment-resistant neuropathic pain, according to Barth Wilsey. “The use of low doses could potentially be prescribed by physicians interested in helping patients use cannabis effectively while minimizing cognitive and psychological side effects”, he says.
Over a decade ago, the National Institutes of Health stated that neuropathic pain is a condition in which currently available pain killers are slightly effective. There was a suggestion that marijuana might be promising for many patients suffering from this condition. Recently, it was reported about a synthetic version of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). It was effective in reducing neuropathic pain and had fewer side-effects than opioid analgesics.