3 key reasons that potentially show cannabis could be alternative medication for back pain

Are you on the fence about whether or not to try cannabis oil for back pain? If you’re looking for an alternative to opiate back pain medicines (and either over-the-counter or prescribed medications), medical cannabis is now prescribed and used throughout Australia to assist with all manners of chronic pains, illnesses, injuries and ailments. With limited side effects, such as sleepiness and potential euphoria via a natural plant extracted solution, there is an option that could be better for long term health and chronic pain relief.

Here’s three reasons why cannabis oil may be effective for treating chronic back pain, neck pain and neuropathic pain: 

  1. Medical cannabis has been found through research to demonstrate effective anti-inflammatory properties. 
    • As back pain can often be the result of inflammation, using cannabis oil for its anti-inflammatory abilities can help to ease daily pain levels and help to reduce inflammation and internal swelling. A 2016 study, carried out to examine the impact of cannabis oil, found that it reduced inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat with a rodent version of arthritis. Results showed that topically applied medical cannabis reduced joint swelling and pain in the rats, doing so without significant side effects: ‘These data indicate that topical CBD application has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviours and inflammation without evident side-effects’ (Hammell, Zhang, Ma, Abshire, Mcllwrath, Stinchcomb and Westlund, 2016). A further 2017 review also identified the anti-inflammatory properties of medical cannabis as demonstrating a positive impact on conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, general pain, inflammatory bowel diseases and cardiovascular diseases. 
  2. THC is seen as an analgesic.
    • Medical cannabis is made from extracting the cannabis flowers and produces approximately 100 cannabinoids, plus terpenes and flavonoids, two have the most research: THC and CBD. THC has evidence as an analgesic, similar, to opiates or pain killers. An analgesic or painkiller is any member of the group of drugs used to achieve analgesia, relief from pain. Analgesic drugs act in various ways on the peripheral and central nervous systems. CBD, on the other hand, has an anti-psychoactive effect, not bringing with it any of the ‘high’ that’s so commonly and inaccurately understood as the majority use of marijuana plants. It’s also believed that CBD reduces many other negative side effects that people may experience with THC, including anxiety. There are also terpenes and flavonoids that could also reduce anxiety. While current research is still exploring how medical cannabis can be used to treat a wide variety of diseases, including epilepsy, cancer, anxiety, inflammatory bowel disease the growth in availability around medical cannabis in Australia through SAS Cat B means its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties could relieve the chronic back pain.
  3. Medical cannabis is a classified SAS Category B usage for pain.
    • There are already many patients who are using cannabis for pain in Australia – you can see the figures here:
    • Cannabis oil may be prescribed by your doctor or GP. In Australia, medical cannabis is now a special access prescription (SAS Cat B) as a part of pain treatment and management across a suite of medical professionals. Talk to your doctor or see our website https://www.cymra.com.au/patients/. If you’re looking to experience relief from back pain, neck pain or neuropathic pain, speak to your health professional about the benefits of cannabis oil

As research continues into cannabis oil’s ability to positively impact those who suffer from back pain and a wide variety of chronic pains and illnesses, everyday Australians may continue to experience relief and assistance from this powerful naturally occurring tool.

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