Cannabis Proven To Effectively Treat Neuropathic Pain
Researchers at the University of Glasgow have published findings that confirm what so many users of medical cannabis already know: Cannabis oil helps with neuropathic pain.
In a double blind, placebo controlled, parallel group study of THC/CBD oil in peripheral neuropathic pain treatment “there were statistically significant treatment differences in favour of THC/CBD spray in the full analysis (intention-to-treat) dataset”
“These findings demonstrate that, in a meaningful proportion of otherwise treatment- resistant patients, clinically important improvements in pain, sleep quality and SGIC (Subject Global Impression of Change) of the severity of their condition are obtained with THC/CBD spray,” the researchers concluded. “THC/CBD spray was well tolerated and no new safety concerns were identified.”
Chronic pain is a public health issue of massive proportions, particularly in aging populations. Typical treatment options for neuropathic pain have limited efficacy and use is fraught with dose-limiting adverse effects.
For several years intensive research has been conducted into the human endocannabinoid system and its role in homeostasis – the body’s internal equilibrium. Some of the most intriguing findings relate to the endocannabinoid system and pain management.
In addition to the University of Glasgow report, numerous published studies have found that “cannabinoids have been proven to be effective” and there is “mounting evidence for therapeutic use in human neuropathic pain conditions”.
Cannabis has been proven to help with neuropathic pain associated with other health issues as well. More than 10 years of research show consistent findings related to cannabinoids and pain relief:
- A 2011 study of the effects of smoked cannabis on HIV neuropathy found statistically significant improvement in pain, as well as mood and daily functioning.
- According to a 2010 study, post-traumatic and postsurgical neuropathic pain can be effectively treated by smoking cannabis.
- In 2011, researchers found that vaporized cannabis, even in low doses, helped with general and peripheral neuropathy in patients who didn’t find relief from traditional treatment.
- A 2004 study found a clinically relevant analgesic effect from THC pills on neuropathy associated with multiple sclerosis.
While many earlier studies focused on the pain relieving properties of THC, we are now learning that the cannabinoid CBD plays just as large a role in the treatment of pain as THC.
The continuously growing number of studies and anecdotal accounts of people who get relief from peripheral neuropathy by using cannabis — whether by smoking, vaporizing, ingesting, or using an oral spray like in the University of Glasgow study — suggests that cannabis and its main ingredients can play a major role in pain management.
Always do your own research and find the solution that is right for your particular situation, but if you are suffering from neuropathic or chronic pain, the evidence suggests that you should consider looking into CBD as a viable alternative.