Pain Awareness Month: Healing With Cannabis

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First declared in 2001, September is widely recognized as “Pain Awareness Month.” The month is dedicated to spreading awareness of issues surrounding pain and pain management.

Chronic pain, a qualifying condition for the Maryland medical marijuana program, is defined as pain that continues a month or more beyond the usual recovery period for an injury or illness. This pain often goes on for years due to a chronic condition. Chronic pain is most commonly associated with conditions such as lower back pain, Arthritis, headaches and migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Shingles and Neuropathy.

While doctors are increasingly treating chronic pain as its own condition, it’s important to know how social and physiological factors may influence the flare-up of pain. Emotions such as sadness, anxiety and stress can affect how and when patients feel pain. To treat these symptoms, patients are often prescribed various opioids and anti-depressants, which may lead to abuse and addiction. Cannabis offers an alternative to pharmaceuticals, and in recent studies, has proven effective in treating both pain and mental health issues.

THC, CBD and other cannabinoids work with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which controls pain and inflammation. Together with terpenes, these components work to provide vast therapeutic benefits to our bodies. A University of Michigan study published in the Journal of Pain found that cannabis decreased side effects from other medications, improved quality of life and reduced use of opioids (on average) by 64%.

For those that suffer, it can be hard to communicate the extent of pain you feel with family and friends. At Charm City Medicus, we welcome patients seeking pain relief and are happy to recommend products and strains that will best treat your symptoms. Our compassionate Pharmacists and Dispensary Agents are qualified to help you find medicine that offers you better quality of life.

Stop in any day of the week, 10am - 8pm or sign up for a free consultation with one of our on-site pharmacists to learn how cannabis may help treat your chronic pain.

Jennifer Culpepper