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Medical Marijuana Can Help Your Chronic Pain! Here’s What You Need To Know. . .


People all over the country are turning to medical marijuana in order to aid their chronic pain. This is not only because there are so many people struggling with this condition but because it actually works!


Chronic pain is exactly what it sounds like; it is chronic. This means that the pain doesn’t go away. This makes it difficult for those with chronic pain because they have to learn how to manage it.


Those with chronic pain can still lead great lives, they just have to learn the best treatment plan for them. At South Carolina Marijuana Card, we are confident that medical marijuana can help you if you have chronic pain!


Even though there is not a medical marijuana program up and running in the state yet, we can use this time to get educated! So today we are going to go over what chronic pain is, the symptoms that come with it and how medical marijuana can help.


Chronic Pain 101:

Chronic pain is a complex condition so today we will be talking about some of the basics!


Chronic pain lasts much longer than typical pain does. When you have typical pain, it is usually after an illness or injury but then goes away after healing. With chronic pain, it doesn’t go away. In fact, if you have pain that lasts longer than 3-6 months, you can be diagnosed with chronic pain.


This is a debilitating condition that interferes with every aspect of someone's life. Everyday simple tasks can be made extremely difficult. This makes a person with chronic pain feel emotional and mental effects of the condition at the same time they are experiencing physical pain.


Chronic pain occurs when the brain fires pain signals throughout the body. This is normal after an illness or injury but goes away after healing has taken place. With chronic pain, these signals continue to fire either after healing has passed or for no reason at all. They can persist for months or even years. Here are some of the most common symptoms that come along with chronic pain:

  • Aching

  • A burning sensation

  • Muscle stiffness or soreness

  • Mood changes

  • Loss of appetite

  • General weakness

  • Lethargy

  • Anxiety

  • Depression


How Medical Marijuana Can Help Chronic Pain

Medical marijuana is actually known for being a great treatment for chronic pain! Thankfully there is actually a lot of research on the relationship between chronic pain and medical marijuana. Even though there is a plethora of anecdotal evidence, it never hurts for it to be backed up by research too!


One major study at Harvard Medical School reviewed 28 different research studies to see if medical marijuana was a good treatment for chronic pain. The results revealed that medical marijuana is an effective treatment for chronic and neuropathic pain and is backed up by high quality research!


Another exciting study performed by the University of Michigan and published in the Journal of Pain, found that medical marijuana improved patient’s quality of life, reduced their opioid use by an average of 64% and decreased the side effects they experienced from other medications!


Want to Add Medical Marijuana to Your Treatment Plan?

Are you thinking about using medical marijuana to help treat your chronic pain? If so, you’re in the right place!


Right now South Carolina does not have a medical marijuana program but you can be ahead of the game by reserving an appointment with us for your medical marijuana evaluation. Once the program is fully functioning, you can be ready with your marijuana card in hand!


You deserve relief. You can get it here!


 

Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.


South Carolina Marijuana Card’s mission is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.


If you have any questions, call us at (833) 781-6670, or simply reserve an appointment to start getting relief you can trust today!


Check out South Carolina Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information!


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