The Science Behind Cannabis and Neuropathy Relief

The Science Behind Cannabis and Neuropathy Relief

Neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, is a common nerve-related chronic condition affecting millions worldwide. It can cause chronic pain, numbness, tingling, and other uncomfortable symptoms. While the exact causes of neuropathy vary from person to person, many are turning to cannabis for relief. But how does it work? Let’s look at the science behind why medical marijuana (MMJ) helps with neuropathy.

How Marijuana Helps with Neuropathic Pain

The active compounds in marijuana are known as cannabinoids, specifically delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These compounds have been found to have potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. In other words, they can help reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.

This occurs due to cannabinoids like THC and CBD binding to specific receptors throughout the peripheral nervous system and brain. The benefits cannabis offers include a reduction in pain, numbing, and tingling, mainly in patients with diabetic neuropathy.

Diabetic neuropathy
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy

Research study shows cannabis helps treat short-term neuropathic pain

In one study researched for short-term treatment of neuropathic pain, cannabis was effective and considered safe. In addition to providing relief from neuropathic pain, there is evidence that cannabis can effectively treat many of the underlying symptoms associated with neuropathy. For example, cannabis has been found to help reduce inflammation caused by diabetes and autoimmune disorders, which are known contributors to neuropathic pain. Marijuana could potentially help treat the cause and effect of symptoms of the underlying condition.

Lastly, cannabis has also helped manage anxiety associated with neuropathy. Studies indicate that CBD may be particularly effective in reducing anxiety by helping regulate mood swings and calming racing thoughts. Many consider it an excellent option for those looking for natural ways to manage their anxiety and stress without relying on prescription drugs or other potentially dangerous treatments.

CBD benefits

What is Peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy involves damage to the peripheral nervous system. This system has a communication network that sends signals through all the parts of our bodies, including the brain and spinal cord. For example, peripheral nerves send signals to the central nervous system (CNS), such as if your feet are cold or hot.

Nerves are disrupted in three ways:

  • loss of signals (like a wire that has its signals disrupted)
  • distorted signaling (like some with their hand over their mouth)
  • Message distortion (signals don’t come through to deliver the message with clarity)
Peripheral Neuropathy
neuropathy nerve damage

Neuropathy is an approved medical condition for a marijuana card 

Tens of thousands of people are getting relief from their neuropathic pain with cannabis. Numerous studies support this claim. An Illinois medical card allows you to save money verse buying cannabis recreationally and being subject to substantial taxation, like excise taxes.

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No medication works 100% of the time

Unfortunately, there isn’t a medication that works 100% of the time for people, even cannabis, similar to other medicines. Each patient has to be evaluated by a healthcare provider to consider their unique situation. Everyone that is taking dangerous opioids should consider marijuana as an alternative. MMJ has been an effective treatment for neuropathic pain and its accompanying symptoms for most people.

It’s important to remember that people may react differently regarding their response to cannabis products, consumption methods, and strains. Before adjusting your medication regimen or beginning any new treatments, talk with your primary care physician (PCP), especially if you are already taking medications or have a history of drug abuse or addiction. You don’t want to make your situation worse. Proper guidance from a qualified medical provider will help you decide if marijuana treatment could be an option.

Marijuana relieves various neuropathic pain conditions and other associated symptoms like inflammation without causing severe side effects or complications. One of the most common alternative medications to manage neuropathic pain is opioids which have dangerous side effects and the potential for addiction. If you want to experience the pain reduction effects of cannabis as a medicine, research your medical condition and how marijuana may help you to become well-informed.

Neuropathic pain conditions

Article reviewed by:

Dr. Richard Koffler

Richard Koffler, MD

NPI Number- 1467557264

  • Dr. Koffler is a Physiatrist, specializing in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 
  • Graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in 1993 Dr. Koffler completed a one-year internship in internal medicine at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. 
  • Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center in New York City. Board certified in 1998. 
  • Trained in acupuncture at Helms Medical Institute at UCLA His medical practice incorporates proven conventional western medicine integrating eastern alternative practices. 
  • Medical Director of several medical clinics in NYC, Stamford CT, and Miami Beach, FL.

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