Those who suffer from chronic and acute pain are currently looking at medical marijuana to help them manage their condition. However, marijuana may not be suitable for all types of pain.
There is no denying that most painkillers are addictive. There are prescription drugs – Oxycontin, Percoset, Hydrocodone – that can cause physical dependence and the body soon develops tolerance for these substances. What this means is that you would need to take increasing dosage of the drug for it to effectively get rid of the pain. And this is the reason why a lot of people who are suffering from pain are considering using marijuana for their conditions.
However, a licensed osteopathic physician clarifies that marijuana may not be useful for some types of pain. Dustin Sulak, who is among the first doctors in Maine to recommend marijuana licenses to patients, says that while marijuana may help, there are times when you need prescription drugs to deal with pain. Sulak also says that there are cases when pain is better managed if you combine prescription painkillers and marijuana.
Talking to Attn.com, Sulak says that conventional painkillers, or opioids, can be very effective with post-surgery, end-of-life, and acute pain. These substances, however, may not be as effective for chronic pain, or those that last for a very long time.
Sulak has categorically said that traditional prescription painkillers are not effective for long-term pain. He cites a study conducted by Dr. Roger Chou, Dr. Judith A. Turner, and their fellow researchers in 2015. The study found that despite the rise in prescriptions for chronic pain, it does not really show long-term benefits in improving chronic pain, as well as the person’s ability to function. The researchers also note that with the increased dependence on prescription painkillers, there is also an increased incidence of opioid overdose, addiction and abuse.
If you live in a country or a state in the United States where marijuana is legal and if you suffer from chronic pain, then you should definitely ask your doctor about medical marijuana. Marijuana can help alleviate chronic pain by stopping infection, calming the muscles and helping you sleep. It will not really dull the pain, at least not in the same way as opioids do, but this will help you go about daily life. When the pain is at a manageable level, you are still able to function without increased risk of injury.
One of the downsides of using opioids to manage pain is that these drugs will numb you from pain. This numbness will only put you at risk of further injury. With marijuana, the pain is still there, but it is less intense. You can do your work, play with your kids, and not mind the pain you’re feeling.
Marijuana can also help you avoid overdose and beat tolerance.
Some doctors recommend mixing prescription painkillers and cannabis. The things you find in cannabis help amplify the effects of painkillers. So instead of needing to take more painkillers because your body has built up tolerance for the drug, you actually take less of it. This will also help in bringing down the risks of opioid overdose. So apart from reducing pain, it also helps you reduce your dependence on painkillers.
1. When you suffer from chronic pain, opioid painkillers are not going to be very effective in helping you manage the pain.
2. Marijuana can dull the pain, helping you live normal lives. It will not take away the pain completely.
3. If the pain becomes unbearable, even with marijuana, you could pop a pill. There is no problem in mixing marijuana and your prescribed painkillers.
4. Be sure to talk to your doctor before trying out medical marijuana to help you manage your chronic pain.