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Medical Marijuana and damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity

Medical marijuana may be effective at reducing chronic nerve pain from many conditions. Many patients may not achieve pain relief from conventional treatments, and look to cannabis for relief.

Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms and Treatments

Spinal cord injuries can result in damaging and often unbearable side effects for patients. Injuries in this area of the body often result in a change, either temporary or permanent, to healthy motor or sensory function.

A fragile plethora of nerves surround the spinal cord, all of which are vital to the human body’s healthy functioning. When these nerves are compromised, pain, spasticity, depression, and other side effects can occur, leaving the victim in constant need for medical treatment. In addition to neuropathic pain, spinal cord injury sufferers also experience physical, emotional, and societal issues including loss or impairment in motor movement, bowel and bladder function, digestion, and breathing.

In one survey, respondents expressed their dissatisfaction with analgesic medications. While opioids produced the greatest degree of pain relief, these medications were often discontinued because of side effects, primarily constipation. Although 44 of 117 (38%) respondents tried gabapentin, only 20 (17%) continued to use it, and their pain relief was only moderate. A majority of respondents eventually tried several alternative treatments. Interestingly, maximum relief was provided by massage or cannabis.

 

Links

5 Studies that show Cannabis can treat Spinal Cord Injuries

medicalmarijuana.co.uk

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2014 Spinal Cord Injury Wellness Summit The Use of Medical Marijuana to Manage Symptom Burden in Spinal Cord Injury

Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System

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The Use of Medical Marijuana to Manage Spinal Stenosis

chronicbodypain.net

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An Exploratory Human Laboratory Experiment Evaluating Vaporized Cannabis in the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain from Spinal Cord Injury and Disease

National Institutes of Health

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