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Can medicinal marijuana be used to treat chronic back pain?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Cannabis and pain

Some do find cannabis helpful for pain, especially the kind with high levels of something called cbd.
Be careful though, as it may be illegal where you are. You might also try sam-e, available over the counter. Good luck.

In brief: Cannabis and pain

Some do find cannabis helpful for pain, especially the kind with high levels of something called cbd.
Be careful though, as it may be illegal where you are. You might also try sam-e, available over the counter. Good luck.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Pain management is useful if it helps you to move normally while you heal. If you smoke, you must stop. What ever type of activity/lifestyle produces the damage to your back must be modified. OMT helps many folks. PT for a core strengthening, yoga type stretching home exercise program that incorporates proper breathing/body awareness is the pathway that I have seen the most success. Patience!
Dr. Walid Osta
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Marijuana

Marijuana does not really have analgesic (pain killing) effect.
The medicinal value is mainly for decreasing the anxiety and improving the appetite. The "medical" marijuana is legal in certain states but still illegal on the federal level, which prohibits the physician from allowing its use along with narcotics (as the physician must use the dea number in order to prescribe narcotics).

In brief: Marijuana

Marijuana does not really have analgesic (pain killing) effect.
The medicinal value is mainly for decreasing the anxiety and improving the appetite. The "medical" marijuana is legal in certain states but still illegal on the federal level, which prohibits the physician from allowing its use along with narcotics (as the physician must use the dea number in order to prescribe narcotics).
Dr. Walid Osta
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Dr. Christopher Coller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Many other options

Medicinal marijuana can be used to treat pain, however, there are many other options for treating back pain that do not come with the same stigma nor side effects.
For example, there are a slew of pain reliever pills and topicals, turmeric is helpful, omt or chiropractic, massage, tens units, physical therapy, prolotherapy, even cold laser, and many others. Finding the cause is also essential.

In brief: Many other options

Medicinal marijuana can be used to treat pain, however, there are many other options for treating back pain that do not come with the same stigma nor side effects.
For example, there are a slew of pain reliever pills and topicals, turmeric is helpful, omt or chiropractic, massage, tens units, physical therapy, prolotherapy, even cold laser, and many others. Finding the cause is also essential.
Dr. Christopher Coller
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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

There are probably more benefits from the act of growing the mj than there are from using.
Although some patients benefit from the psych effects, the act of smoking is probably far more detrimental physically in the long run. Typically the amount required for serious pain renders the individual less effective for other activities.

In brief: Possibly

There are probably more benefits from the act of growing the mj than there are from using.
Although some patients benefit from the psych effects, the act of smoking is probably far more detrimental physically in the long run. Typically the amount required for serious pain renders the individual less effective for other activities.
Dr. James Marx
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Dr. Gary Greenly
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Why are we so stupid

2009 UCSF chronic pain management conference, S.
F. presenter opines. "in 2004 hydrocodone was the #1 prescribed pain medication in the US. Fast forward to 2009, hydrocodone is the #! rxed med. of all meds prescribed. We, the USA, are a nation addicted to opioids, and its big business. From birth, the human brain has opioid receptors, as well as THC receptors. Why not THC? No $$$ for drug companies.

In brief: Why are we so stupid

2009 UCSF chronic pain management conference, S.
F. presenter opines. "in 2004 hydrocodone was the #1 prescribed pain medication in the US. Fast forward to 2009, hydrocodone is the #! rxed med. of all meds prescribed. We, the USA, are a nation addicted to opioids, and its big business. From birth, the human brain has opioid receptors, as well as THC receptors. Why not THC? No $$$ for drug companies.
Dr. Gary Greenly
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr Greenly is right on the mark. The problem is that in most states Marijuana is not legal, as such, despite the fact that the evidence that it works is there, I do not permit MJ use in my chronic pain patients.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Illegal

By federal law it is illegal.
That said many patients tell me that it helps them.

In brief: Illegal

By federal law it is illegal.
That said many patients tell me that it helps them.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Gary Greenly
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, it is an option

First you need to determine the cause, does the condition require surgery, or are you a patient with what i term "failed surgical syndrome?" many options are available for chronic pain management, from ibuprofen, to implantable pumps to dispense narcotics continously.
Severity and response is the key. Certainly try any passive modalities available. Avoid opoid addiction. Try pot if legal.

In brief: Yes, it is an option

First you need to determine the cause, does the condition require surgery, or are you a patient with what i term "failed surgical syndrome?" many options are available for chronic pain management, from ibuprofen, to implantable pumps to dispense narcotics continously.
Severity and response is the key. Certainly try any passive modalities available. Avoid opoid addiction. Try pot if legal.
Dr. Gary Greenly
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In brief: Yes

It is so much better than narcotics for chronic pain.
If we, as a country, we legalize it, regulate it and tax it, it would so very helpful.

In brief: Yes

It is so much better than narcotics for chronic pain.
If we, as a country, we legalize it, regulate it and tax it, it would so very helpful.
Dr. William Shaffer
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