The most common use for medical cannabis in the United States is to control pain. Marijuana has been found to be effective for the treatment of chronic pain. Pain affects millions of Americans, especially as people grow older. Part of cannabis’ allure is that it is much safer than opiates. Cannabis is impossible to overdose on and far less addictive.
In particular, cannabis eases pain of multiple sclerosis and nerve pain. This is an area where few other options exist, and those that do, such as Neurontin, Lyrica, or opiates are highly sedating. Patients attest that marijuana allows them to resume their previous activities without feeling like a zombie or disengaged.
Marijuana is also an excellent muscle relaxant, and people swear by its ability to lessen tremors in Parkinson’s Disease. Its use has been successful in treating fibromyalgia, endometriosis and other conditions where the final common outcome is chronic pain.
Another highly promising area of research is its use for PTSD in veterans who are returning from combat zones. Many veterans and their therapists report drastic improvement. A study in June of 2020 also found that cannabis relieves PTSD symptoms. The study, published in Journal of Affective Disorders, shows cannabis reduced the severity of intrusions, returning thoughts of a traumatic event, by about 62%; flashbacks by 51%, irritability by 67%, and anxiety by 57%.
If you or a loved one is struggling with chronic pain or PTSD, Aloha Medical can help. Fill out our pre-qualification form HERE or call us at 385.289.2488. We are proud to serve the greater Ogden, Utah area and surrounding communities with caring and experienced QMP’s who prescribe Medical Cannabis cards for qualifying patients.