Medical marijuana seems safe for chronic pain and the drug modestly reduced peoples pain scores the trial is the first and largest study of the long term safety of medical marijuana use by patients in chronic pain ware said are in direct conflict with cannabis present schedule i status under federal law a . And finally heed the advice of dr michael hart head physician at marijuana for trauma in canada when considering cannabis to treat chronic pain the adage less is more rings true patients seem to find more relief in indica strains which are higher in thc than most sativa or hybrid strains. Medical cannabis is a very effective therapy for chronic pain patients because it affects peoples perception of pain has the ability to mitigate the inflammatory process and has been shown to affect voltage gated sodium channels in nerves in a way similar to lidocaine. Of patients diagnosed with chronic pain and having legal access to medical marijuana 73 percent substituted cannabis in place of prescribed opioids for the study researchers from the united states and canada assessed the use of medical marijuana and prescription drugs in more than 2000 patients in canada diagnosed with pain related . The center also is waiting for approval to begin another study on the effects of medical marijuana on chronic pain this one to focus on how vaporized cannabis affects patients with pain due to spinal cord injury
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