Cannabis for Pain

 

In a November 2020 Gallup Poll, support for legal cannabis hit 68 percent in the US. Gallup also noted that 86 percent who favor legalization say a medicinal benefit is a very important reason. We've come a long way from the failed war on drugs when only 12 percent of Americans favored legalization in 1969 according to Gallup. 

Another poll conducted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists found that "More than two-thirds of those surveyed said they have used or would consider using marijuana or cannabinoid compounds  including...CBD and THC to manage pain."

A 2019 study published by the National Institute of Health found that "Chronic pain affects approximately one-third of the U.S. population, and opioid prescriptions have substantially increased over the last 20 years." The study (and others) notes that the use of addictive opiates for pain management substantially decreased in those states that regulate medical cannabis sales. We also need to mention that a 2017 study conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that much more research is needed in the US to better understand how the cannabis plant can improve our overall health and wellness. 

DSY will explore cannabis for pain by interviewing patients, doctors, nurses, and other medical experts for their medical opinions for safely using cannabis. As always, DSY strongly recommends that you talk to a medical professional about cannabis use to guide you on your journey to better health and wellness. 



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