I have been seeing a lot of stories on television lately about people who are using marijuana for medical purposes, particularly pain. Just today I read an article on Health.com that medical marijuana mey help fibromyalgia pain. Marijuana has been used for quite some time to help cancer patients with their pain. From what I was watching on The Doctors regarding medical marijuana use, there are benefits to using it over prescription medications, but there are also some negative effects you have to consider as well. For one, if you are using marijuana for medical reasons, if it is not legal in your state, you can get into big trouble with the law. Even if our prescription pain meds aren’t good for us, at least they are legal, as long as we are using them as prescribed.
With marijuana, there are different grades that will determine the effects the person will get when using it. The Health.com article says this about marijuana use for pain:
It seems logical — why shouldn’t fibromyalgia sufferers try marijuana for their symptoms, if they live in a state where medical marijuana is legal?
But there are two problems with herbal cannabis, Silverman and other critics say: It’s a complex natural substance that contains about 60 different compounds with potentially medicinal effects, some of which may interact with one another. The other problem is that the amount of these various compounds may vary by batch, as marijuana is not synthesized but grown.
While Silverman says he has great hopes that synthetic medicines based on individual compounds in cannabis may one day help fibromyalgia patients (after appropriate randomized controlled clinical trials have been done), he argues that the real thing today is just too inconsistent.
“We think that there’s probably a role for that class of compounds, the cannabinoids in general, and it’s just a question of working out how that’s going to be put into practice,” says Mark Ware, M.D., an assistant professor in family medicine and anesthesia at McGill University, in Montreal, and the executive director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids.
I don’t know if marijuana is something I would try even if I could get it legally. I guess there is just this huge stereotype surrounding marijuana and when I think of it, I think of Cheech and Chong. That’s what pot reminds me of. But if it works for people who can get it legally, then more power to them.
If you want to see a guide that lists marijuana laws state by state, click HERE.