THC as a Treatment Option for Neuropathy
What is THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis. It produces the “high” associated with cannabis. However, THC also has several medicinal purposes, including the treatment of neuropathy.
Pain relief is the main benefit of THC as a neuropathy treatment. Studies show that individuals with neuropathic pain experience pain reduction while undergoing THC therapy. Pain intensity decreases with long-term use.
Other benefits that individuals with neuropathy may experience with THC therapy include improved sleep, positive changes in mood, and improved quality of life. THC has been shown to have an antidepressant-like effect due to changes it creates in parts of the brain associated with mood and pain memory. The combination of pain relief and reduced depression can improve overall quality of life. Another benefit of THC is that it may reduce the amount or frequency of opioid medications needed for pain relief. It also tends to have few side effects.
When other treatments are not well tolerated or additional pain relief is needed, THC therapy may be a viable treatment option for neuropathic pain. Consulting a health care professional before beginning any new treatment is advised.