Neuropathy is the medical term for nerve pain. Neuropathy is often associated with diabetes, but can also have other causes, including HIV, malignant tumors, rheumatoid arthritis, and peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation). Regardless of the underlying condition, peripheral neuropathy, proximal neuropathy, and other forms of neuropathy can produce painful, potentially debilitating effects. Depending on which nerves are affected, a neuropathy patient might experience severe burning pain, numbness, tingling, and heightened sensitivity to light and pressure.
If you are a Florida resident age 18 or older who is living with neuropathic pain, and you are not satisfied with the level of relief your current medication is providing, you should consider speaking with a physician about treating your nerve pain with medical marijuana.
Peer-reviewed research has shown that marijuana, or Cannabis, can reduce pain quickly, gently, and safely, with minimal side effects that are typically limited to temporary drowsiness, dry mouth, and increased appetite.
If your medication isn’t effectively reducing your pain and discomfort, you may get relief by adding Cannabis to your treatment regimen.
To speak with a Florida marijuana doctor about Cannabis for neuropathic pain in a confidential consultation, contact Palm Beach Pain Institute at 1-561-499-7020. We’re here to help you feel better.
How Does Marijuana Work to Relieve Nerve Pain (Neuropathy)?
In 2013, the Journal of Pain published a study on vaporizing Cannabis to reduce neuropathic pain. The study found that Cannabis use caused significant pain reduction. In the study, “Ten of the 38 (26%) subjects who were exposed to placebo had a 30% reduction in pain intensity… as compared to 21 of the 37 (57%) exposed to the low dose Cannabis and 22 of the 36 (61%) receiving the medium dose of Cannabis.”
The Journal of Pain study also cited earlier research focused on patients who experienced neuropathic pain associated with HIV. In the study on HIV-related peripheral neuropathy, “A significantly greater proportion of individuals reported at least 30% reduction in pain on Cannabis (46%–52%) compared to placebo (18%–24%).” But why does marijuana work so effectively to relieve neuropathic pain? The answer lies in an often overlooked system known as the “endocannabinoid system,” or ECS.
In medicine, “endo-” (which is short for “endogenous”) means “inside.” A “cannabinoid” is a chemical compound found in Cannabis. The most famous cannabinoid is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), but in fact, scientists have identified approximately 85 cannabinoids.
While THC gets most of the fame and credit, all of these cannabinoids work together. This synergy, which is known as the “entourage effect,” is a sharp contrast to the pharmaceutical industry’s typical approach of isolating one or two chemicals to serve as the active ingredient in a given prescription medication.
Believe it or not, your body also makes its own cannabinoids, which are called endocannabinoids because they are produced inside your body. Some examples of endocannabinoids include Anandamide and 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).
2-AG and other endocannabinoids interact with structures called “receptors” to regulate various functions, such as appetite. There are two distinct types of receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system: CB1 and CB2. When these receptors are stimulated by the cannabinoids in Cannabis, such as THC and CBD (Cannabidiol), it safely and temporarily alters the functions which the endocannabinoid system regulates.
One of these functions is pain perception. As a result, using Cannabis – or, to be more technical, using the dozens of cannabinoids that Cannabis contains – reduces your perception of pain, making neuropathic pain feel less intense and easier to cope with.
Personalized Care Plans and Treatment for Neuropathic Pain Patients
Florida legislated the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in 2014 with the passage of the Compassionate Use Act. On November 8, 2016, voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot initiative to guarantee the right to use cannabis by individuals suffering from debilitating illnesses. Amendment 2 is now law and is found in Section 29, Article X of the Florida state constitution.
Florida Qualifying Conditions
- Positive status for HIV
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- A Terminal Condition
- Chronic Pain*
- Medical conditions of the same kind/class as or comparable to those enumerated
*Chronic pain may only be a qualifying condition if the patient is suffering from another qualifying condition.
Our role at Palm Beach Pain Institute is to evaluate patients’ medical needs and provide ongoing medical supervision. If you are an adult resident of Florida, and we determine that medical marijuana is an appropriate approach to management of your qualifying condition, we can create and oversee a Cannabis therapy plan designed to alleviate symptoms associated with your qualifying condition.
Dr. Merson and Palm Beach Pain Institute provide marijuana patients with a science-based, medically-grounded educational resource for Cannabis therapy.
At Palm Beach Pain Institute, patients undergo comprehensive medical evaluations, return for ongoing check-in appointments, and receive personalized guidance about how to use Cannabis safely and effectively. Our mission is to help eligible patients receive the treatment they need, while simultaneously empowering patients to make good, informed decisions about their healthcare.
To discuss medical marijuana in a confidential consultation with Dr. Merson, call Palm Beach Pain Institute at 1-561-499-7020. Our offices are conveniently located in Delray Beach adjacent to Delray Medical Center, near Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, Florida.
Schedule an Appointment with a Medical Marijuana Doctor in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Florida
Research indicates that Cannabis can provide gentle, fast-acting relief for neuropathic pain. If you are struggling to cope with severe nerve pain associated with diabetes, HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, or other medical conditions, and your current medication isn’t effectively decreasing your level of discomfort, you may benefit from incorporating Cannabis into your current treatment plan under the careful guidance of an experienced physician.
To talk about medical marijuana for nerve pain in a confidential consultation, contact Palm Beach Pain Institute at 1-561-499-7020. We are conveniently located adjacent to Delray Medical Center, near Boca Raton and Boynton Beach.