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Neuropathy and Cannabis

Treating Neuropathic Pain with Cannabis

Illinois Cannabis May Help Your Neuropathic Pain

You may find relief for your neuropathic pain at an Illinois dispensary. Your local Illinois dispensary carries the most current strains of Medical cannabis, Illinois marijuana and Illinois cannabis shown in recent medical studies to possess analgesic or anti-inflammatory properties in treating neuropathy. Read more about peripheral and diabetic neuropathy below to learn more about how Illinois cannabis and Medical marijuana might help with your neuropathic pain.

Defining Peripheral and Diabetic Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is caused by gradual nerve damage from previous trauma, such as a blow to the affected area or exposure to chemicals or extremes of heat, cold and radiation. Diabetic neuropathy is caused by damaged tissue metabolism, inflammation and damage to nerve fibers linked to diabetes. Both peripheral and diabetic neuropathies are characterized by pains from damaged nerves that radiate toward outlying tissue.

What Neuropathy Feels Like

Tingling, shooting pains and numbness are common pains associated with both types of neuropathy. These symptoms can be accompanied by decreased motor skills, weakness of the affected limbs, cramps and spasms. These pains can affect speech, walking and the use of the hands for everyday tasks.

Typical Medical Treatments for Peripheral and Diabetic Neuropathy

Peripheral and diabetic neuropathies are commonly treated with anti-seizure medications, anti-depressants, analgesics like aspirin, medical cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids, such as nabilone. Treatment of neuropathies by modern pharmaceutical agents is often unsatisfactory due to the possibilities of addiction and unwanted and unhealthy adverse side effects.

Remarkable Effects of Medical Cannabis on Neuropathy

Randomized, placebo-controlled studies of the effects of cannabis on neuropathic pain have revealed remarkable therapeutic effects with very few or manageable side effects. Studies conducted between 2003 and 2008 reveal that smoked cannabis of the sativa variety had a positive analgesic or anti-inflammatory impact on peripheral neuropathic pain, and that whole plant extracts containing a high THC:CBD ratio provided significant pain relief to patients living with MS and spinal cord injuries.

The Studies

In 2008, the Department of Anethesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, conducted a study that concluded that when smoked, medical cannabis exhibited marked anti-inflammatory effects on peripheral neuropathic pain in the study’s subjects.

In addition, in 2003 a study conducted by the Oxford Center for Enablement reached the conclusion that a sublingual spray containing whole plant extracts of cannabis in 2.5-120mg administered every 24 hours significantly reduced pain in subjects experiencing neuropathy stemming from MS and spinal cord injuries.

You may find relief for your neuropathic pain by treating it with Medical marijuana. Your Illinois dispensary carries the most current strains of sativa and Illinois cannabis and Illinois marijuana shown to possess analgesic or anti-inflammatory properties in treating neuropathy.

For more information on Neuropathy visit the Neuropathy Action Foundation.

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