Medical Marijuana Treatment for Chronic Pain

Despite a federal ban, many states now allow the use of medical marijuana to treat muscle spasms and chronic nerve pain.  Marijuana can be inhaled, smoked, or ingested with food or tea, and requires a prescription from a healthcare provider.  Due to recent changes in opioid prescribing, the popularity of medical marijuana has increased significantly.

Muscle Spasms

Medicinal Marijuana has been effective for some patients in reducing the pain intensity accompanied with muscle spasms through the stimulation of nerve receptors.

Chronic Pain

Pain associated with nerve injury and surgery can be remedied with a small dose of cannabis, often relied on by patients as a daily part of their recovery strategy.

Side Effects

Common side effects from medical marijuana may include: problems with memory and learning, distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch),  difficulty thinking and problem solving, loss of coordination and motor skills, increased heart rate, anxiety, bloodshot eyes, and dry mouth.  More serious side effects can include: addiction, psychosis, hallucinations and lung cancer from smoking.  This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.  Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

To learn more about medicinal marijuana, please visit Mayo Clinic or Drugs.com or RxList.com