As of June, 29 states (and Washington D.C) have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). That means millions of people suffering from chronic pain have access to a new way to relieve their suffering.
Some studies have already shown that inhaling marijuana can relieve chronic nerve pain. One study revealed that the pain symptoms dropped slightly when participants inhaled a marijuana vapor three times per day, according to WebMD.
This study showed that the actual pain relief was only marginally better than those who took a placebo, and some participants experienced a headache, dry eyes, numbness and a cough.
Medical marijuana is available in several forms including capsules and oils. Doctors prescribe the medication for cancer patients (to ease nausea), anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, migraines, inflammation, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy, among others.
According to How Stuff Works, cannabis is useful because cannabinoids in the marijuana bind to endocannabinoids the body naturally produces. This creates reactions in the body that help block pain receptors (and creates a high feeling).
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