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5 Reasons Medical Marijuana May Be Right for You

Feb 17, 2023
If you’re living with a chronic health condition that leaves you in constant pain or limits your abilities, medical marijuana may be able to help you ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Here’s what you should know.

Before it was embraced by mainstream society, medical marijuana (cannabis) was shrouded by misunderstanding and stigma. Today, as its many potential benefits are becoming better known and continue to be documented by ongoing clinical research, nearly 90% of people in the United States support its legalization. 

Marijuana hasn’t yet been legalized at the federal level. But as of February 2022, a total of 37 states, 3 US territories, and the District of Columbia permit the medical use of cannabis products to alleviate persistent symptoms of various physical and mental health conditions. 

As interventional pain management experts who specialize in treating persistent, life-altering pain conditions, our skilled team at Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics offers medical cannabis certification services for qualifying patients from in and around Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Here, we discuss five reasons medical marijuana may be right for you. 

1. You are affected by intractable pain

In Minnesota, medical marijuana is approved to help alleviate intractable pain, or a chronic pain condition that hasn’t responded well to conventional pain management strategies or for which standard pain relief methods have caused intolerable side effects. Medical marijuana may help relieve: 

  • Chronic back or neck pain
  • Persistent sciatic nerve pain
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Fibromyalgia and joint pain
  • Cancer-related discomfort
  • Peripheral neuropathy pain
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) pain

Even better, medical marijuana can ease your chronic pain symptoms and improve your quality of life without the cognitive interference of conventional painkillers or the addiction risk of prescription opioid medications.

2. You are living with the effects of PTSD

Ongoing clinical research shows that, with the right strain and at the right dosage, medical marijuana can be a beneficial therapeutic agent for neurocognitive conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Further, medical marijuana has been found to promote calmness, improve sleep, and reduce the frequency of nightmares. 

In a recent FDA-regulated study, researchers found that over the course of a year, people who used medical marijuana to alleviate PTSD reported a greater decrease in the severity of their symptoms compared to those who didn’t use cannabis. They were also 2.5 times more likely to no longer meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD compared to those who didn’t use medical marijuana. 

3. You have an inflammatory bowel disease

There are several cannabinoid receptors within your digestive system that interact with key cannabinoids in medical marijuana. These receptors are what make cannabis so beneficial for easing abdominal pain and other distressing symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disorders like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and peptic ulcer disease.

Researchers believe that medical marijuana helps ease irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by addressing a deficiency in your body’s endocannabinoid system. This deficiency has been linked to poor gut motility and visceral hypersensitivity, both of which contribute to the pain, bloat, feelings of fullness, and bathroom changes associated with IBS. 

4. You have a chronic neurological disorder

Medical marijuana can calm your nervous system and help relieve the severe muscle tension, persistent muscle spasms, uncontrolled movement, and chronic pain associated with a range of chronic and often progressive neurological disorders, including:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) 
  • Severe, persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizure disorders, including epilepsy
  • Tourette syndrome (TS)
  • Chronic motor or vocal tic disorders

The anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving properties of medical cannabis may also make it a helpful therapeutic option for another persistent condition that’s often associated with nerve damage: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

5. You are coping with cancer-related pain 

If cancer or its therapies (chemotherapy, radiation) have left you with persistent pain, nausea, and appetite loss, medical marijuana can help you ease these hard-to-manage symptoms and improve your quality of life. Research shows that medical cannabis use can: 

  • Decrease nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
  • Alleviate neuropathic pain caused by cancer-related nerve damage
  • Improve your appetite and food intake during cancer treatment
  • Elevate your mood to help ease cancer-related anxiety and depression
  • Diminish your need for additional medication to manage pain 

Minnesota state law approves the use of medical cannabis products for the above conditions as well as several others. To find out if medical marijuana is right for you, call 612-207-7463 or book an appointment online with Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics today.