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What is Chronic Pain and How Can Medical Marijuana Help?

Chronic pain is the number one medical condition that people turn to medical marijuana for. This is not only due to the large number of people struggling with this condition but also because it simply works!

Chronic pain is just that. It is chronic! That means it doesn’t go away after you’ve healed or used treatments. Those with chronic pain have to instead learn how to manage the pain that they are experiencing.

Those with chronic pain can still live fulfilling lives. They just have to find the right health and wellness plan. At Kentucky Marijuana Card, we know that if you are battling chronic pain, medical marijuana can help you!

Even though there is not a fully developed medical marijuana program yet in the state, we can use this time to get educated on what chronic pain is and how medical marijuana can help. This will make you certain when the time comes to use us as your medical marijuana card provider!

So what is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is pain that continues longer than pain typically lasts. For example, when you go through an injury or an illness, pain comes but then it goes. With chronic pain, it never goes. If pain lasts longer than 3-6 months, it is categorized as chronic pain.

Chronic pain affects all aspects of life. It can make simple, everyday tasks difficult such as typing your shoes or going grocery shopping. People with chronic pain can’t just put their life on hold until they feel better. This makes many people struggling with chronic pain feel an emotional and mental toll.

On a biological level, chronic pain is a result of the body sending pain signals to different places. These signals typically happen after an injury or an illness. With chronic pain, these signals continue to fire after healing time has passed or even without a cause. They can persist for months or even years. You can see how this can impact someone’s health and wellness. Below are some of the most common symptoms that can come along with chronic pain:

  • Aching

  • A burning sensation

  • Muscle stiffness or soreness

  • Mood changes

  • Loss of appetite

  • General weakness

  • Lethargy

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

If I have chronic pain, how can medical marijuana help?

If you are thinking about using medical marijuana to treat your chronic pain, you are in luck! Chronic pain is the most rigorously studied medical condition in relation to medical marijuana treatment. This will help you be confident in your decision to add medical marijuana to your health and wellness plan!

Recently, Harvard Medical School led a comprehensive study that looked at 28 research studies focused on the relationship between chronic pain and medical marijuana treatment. The results found that marijuana is in fact an effective treatment for not only chronic pain but also neuropathic pain and is supported by high quality research.

Another study from the University of Michigan, published in the Journal of Pain, showed that marijuana improved the quality of life for patients, reduced the use of opioids by an average of 64% and decreased the side effects of other medications!

Is medical marijuana treatment right for you?

If you think that medical marijuana treatment could be right for you and your chronic pain, you’re in the right place my friend!

Although medical marijuana is not fully legal in Kentucky, there is a program that is starting to form. It shouldn’t be much long until the program is up and running!


Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

Kentucky Marijuana Card’s mission is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at (833) 781-6360, or simply reserve an appointment to start getting relief you can trust today!

Check out Kentucky Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information!

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