Americans are hurting.
In a 2015 study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, 25.3 million adults experience chronic pain daily, which is approximately 11.2 percent of the U.S. population. Additionally, 126 million people experience occasional pain three months before the condition became chronic in nature.
Although prescription opioid painkillers are considered the most popular solution to the health condition, physicians have shown concerns for many years that opioids aren’t actually helping patients. According to a Journal of the American Medical Association study comparing opioids to non-opioid (e.g. ibuprofen and Tylenol), opioids didn't necessarily provide better pain relief in comparison to alternative methods over the course of a year. In 2016 alone, more than 64,000 people in the U.S. died from opioid overdoses.
However, it seems like more and more doctors are turning to cannabis to treat chronic pain. In a study in Israel published this past February in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, following nearly 3,000 cancer patients who were treated with medical marijuana for chronic pain between 2015 and 2017, nearly 96 percent said it improved their condition, and the rest experienced a substantial reduction in pain.
In the beginning, approximately 53 percent of patients gave their pain a rating between 8 and 10 (out of 10). After six months of being on the treatment, the number reporting that amount of pain had decreased to only nearly five percent.
In fact, patients are starting to seek out the benefits of the plant on their own—and are safer as a result. In a 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the rate of deaths from prescription drug overdoses is 24 percent lower in states where medicinal cannabis is legal.
Contact New Jersey Alternative Medicine for more information about medical cannabis treatment today.