How Cannabis Can Be Effective Both To Relieve Pain And Insomnia
A new study demonstrates how cannabis could be an effective therapeutic option for pain relief and insomnia, for those seeking to avoid prescription and over the counter medications for pain and sleep including opioids. Patients under medical cannabis regularly report using cannabis as a prescription drug substitute .
A survey was conducted in two stores in Colorado, United States. Between August 2016 and October 2016, store staff asked customers if they wanted to participate and if so, provided an electronic link for the survey. The study was approved by the Institutional Review Committee of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
The study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, interviewed 1000 people, consuming lawful grass. Among the participants, 65% of people used painkillers and 80% found it extremely helpful.
This allowed 82% of these people to reduce or stop taking painkillers and 88% to stop taking opioids.
74% of 1000 participants used to help them sleep: 84% said that cannabis had helped them and more than 83% said they had since reduced or stopped taking over-the-counter sleeping pills or prescription.
The study suggests that cannabis could reduce the consumption of opioids. However, the researchers point out that more needs to be done to understand potential therapeutic benefits.
"About 20% of American adults suffer from chronic pain and one in three adults do not sleep enough", Explain Dr. Gwen Wurm, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Miami Miller University School of Medicine.
Traditional over-the-counter medications and painkillers may help, but they can have serious side effects. Opioids depress the respiratory system, which means that overdoses can be fatal. This study shows how cannabis could be effective for both pain relief and insomnia.
Health professionals are interested in alternatives to prescription painkillers (eg, opioids) and sleeping pills (for example, benzodiazepines ) commonly used because of concerns about drug-related side effects, such as injury, misuse, eating disorders, and overdose.
People develop opioid tolerance, which means that they need higher doses to achieve the same effect. This means that patients with chronic pain often increase their dose of opioid medication over time, increasing their risk of overdose. "Dr. Julia Arnsten, Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein School of Medicine
Although less common, sleeping pills can be addictive and cause dizziness the next day, disrupting people's work and social life. As a result, some people turn to the grass to relieve their symptoms.
"In states where consumption is legal, our research indicates that many people bypass the medical cannabis route (which requires registration with the state) and instead opt for the confidentiality of a legal clinic," says Wurm.
Although the survey was conducted with clients wishing to participate, which means that the results may not reflect the entire population of clinic clients, other national survey data and data from of medical clinic patients also demonstrate that people who use cannabis to treat their symptoms are stop taking medication prescription.
The study adds weight to the theory that expanding access to medical cannabis could reduce the consumption of prescription painkillers, which would allow more people to manage and treat their pain without use of prescription opioid medications that have dangerous side effects.
This finding is corroborated by further research showing that the opioid prescription rate is lower by 6,38% in states with cannabis medical laws and that Colorado's adult cannabis law is associated with a reduction in the prescription rate of opioids. relative opioid overdose mortality rate between 1999 and 2010.
"The anti-inflammatory Non steroidal drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen cause gastrointestinal bleeding or kidney damage when used chronically. The toxicity of paracetamol (acetaminophen) is the second most common cause of transplantation He is responsible for 56000 emergency room visits, 2600 hospitalizations and 500 deaths annually in the United States. "adds Wurm
However, researchers warn against the need for further research to understand the benefits and side effects of cannabis for health.
On 1240 single responses, most were under the age of 50 (90%), with 42% of women. More than half (54%) reported having excellent or very good health. In summary, research finds that de facto Medical cannabis use is common among adults. Although adult use laws are often referred to as "recreational", the findings suggest that many clients use cannabis to relieve their symptoms.
"The challenge is that health care providers are far behind when it comes to knowing which cannabis products are effective and which are not. As long as there is no other research on cannabis products that act on the symptoms, patients will make their own "trial and error", their own experiences, asking their friends, the media for advice. and dispensary employees, "says Wurm.