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Medical Weed Pain Relief Breakthrough!

Updated on August 29, 2012

Marijuana As a Pain Receiver Is Proven In Many Cases to Block Pain Better Than Opiates

If you Can block the pain effectively, you may be able to walk well enough to enjoy scenary most don't appreciate until they've lost ability and are now aware of what really is important in life.
If you Can block the pain effectively, you may be able to walk well enough to enjoy scenary most don't appreciate until they've lost ability and are now aware of what really is important in life.

Marijuana Is Effective Pain Medicine, Forget About the Stigma, Pain Treatment Within The Law Is Your Right!

Don't Judge Medical Marijuana Users Until You Can Understand Their Pain

I’ve been asked this question many times “what do I think about the use of medical marijuana to relieve pain?” I believe that chronic pain patients have a unique physical and mental pain challenge regardless of pain disorder that most don’t understand, or could relate to unless they experience something similar. Relating to a chronic pain patients problem daily is difficult for those that have never walked in their shoes. It is also common for loved ones to pass judgment and become frustrated with decisions that are made, “or not” by those that are trying to find pain relief. The best example to make a comparison… Most would begin to understand, or relate to a pain patients dilemma if you’d ever experienced an acute and severe low back pain episode. For those that have been fortunate enough not to have experienced a low back strain let me provide a different analogy.

Imagine if you could never get pain relief from a cough or head ache. Instead the cough or headache became more chronic and would not go away for days, weeks, or even months! How would you feel if you couldn’t get relief? Can you imagine going to work each day, taking care of your family, let alone yourself? I know you’ve had this experience and can imagine if you could not get rid of this bug, what would you do, how would this change your life? Most of you have experienced a terrible bout of the common cold or flu. So there is some common ground in relating to what would you do if you had to learn to live with these symptoms on a daily basis. You’d look for all options that are legally available to you to remove, or alleviate this pain. If you can’t find relief your quality of life suffers and so does all around you.

Let’s continue on with this example, when the symptoms are really bad, what do you do? You go to the doctor, they give you antibiotics, you then might also go to the local drug store, load up on cough syrup-drops, AM/PM relief medications, Tylenol, aspirin. Some do all of this while hitting the local sauna in hopes of sweating out the bug, then take a couple of days off of work. Others may do all of this while suppressing the cough by sipping on brandy until they fall asleep. Okay, now you get the ideal. You search out pain alleviation modalities that are legal and available to you that suppress any number of pain type flue, or cold symptoms. When pain exceeds physical and mental tolerances, humans will always look for the best way to customize a pain alleviation program that works best for them. All legal choices should be available for consideration and use within a pain management program. In many cases, chronic pain patients suffer far worse than those that have infrequent bouts with the flu, or common cold. Chronic pain for a pain patient does not go away and varies with frequency- severity dependant on pain disorder and daily work load (activity, exercise, daily tasks, etc.). Those that don’t experience chronic pain daily are typically not able to understand why a person would choose to smoke medical marijuana.

It must be noted I don’t, or would never advocate a 100% use of any pain modality application, but instead advocate combinations, or a balance of holistic approaches for chronic pain relief and customized differently within each pain management program. As such, a chronic pain patient requires all the information possible, understanding benefits and risks in order to make an informed decision to live the “best” quality of life style possible. Pain management programs may consist of any treatment modality combination(s) that may, or may not include pharmaceuticals, herbal, alternative modality treatments, supplemental, exercise; activity program(s) that will provide pain relief. Medical marijuana choices to treat chronic pain are now “legal” (dependant on state).

Medical marijuana has been better than a “quasi” legal pain alleviation alternative since the birth of the “Compassionate Use Act,” passed in 1996. I’d say better then quasi-legal because, although 13 states authorized medical marijuana cards, this does not mean there aren’t conflicting federal laws with regard to each state “use” authorization. Currently, laws that effectively remove state-level criminal penalties for growing and/or possessing medical cannabis: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Let’s dig up some facts first by providing some scientific data, testimonials, risk to benefit and finally legal aspects of medical marijuana use. Without going into the physiological depth of how pain receptors work, or doesn’t work, depending on your pain injuries, or diagnosis, let me break this down for you the best way I know how.

People that suffer with chronic pain either have severed, or damaged pain receptor nerve endings. Scientifically proven, if an opiate nerve receiver is not available to block pain because of nerve damage, or severed nerves, opiates such as morphine, or codeine would have little to no effect on the pain area. Scientific studies further point out, although an opiate nerve ending receiver may be severed, or damaged, the THC (marijuana nerve receivers) are intact and do benefit the pain patient by alleviating pain. This is because the nerve cannabinoid receptors appear to maintain functional pain blocking receivers regardless of damage at a pain trigger point which also benefits neuropathic radial pain (radiating pain to distal portions of the body through neural conduit highways).

Stay tuned for further scientific data with regard to this subject and future postings from the author. Visit the profile to learn more about Marc if you'd like and his philosophy on holistic pain management.


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    • woodamarc profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Woodard 

      8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Great posts/examples on med marijuana positions

    • D.Virtual.Doctor profile image

      Funom Theophilus Makama 

      8 years ago from Europe

      There are lots of arguments from medical proffesionals about this issue, so its still controversal. Here are some examples....

      "The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS -- or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day."

      -- Joycelyn Elders, MD

      Former US Surgeon General

      Editorial, Providence Journal

      Mar. 26, 2004

      "Although I understand many believe marijuana is the most effective drug in combating their medical ailments, I would caution against this assumption due to the lack of consistent, repeatable scientific data available to prove marijuana's medical benefits.

      Based on current evidence, I believe that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that there are less dangerous medicines offering the same relief from pain and other medical symptoms."

      -- Bill Frist, MD

      Former US Senator (R-TN)

      Correspondence to

      Oct. 20, 2003

      "ACP urges review of marijuana's status as a schedule I controlled substance and its reclassification into a more appropriate schedule, given the scientific evidence regarding marijuana's safety and efficacy in some clinical conditions...

      ACP strongly supports exemption from federal criminal prosecution; civil liability; or professional sanctioning, such as loss of licensure or credentialing, for physicians who prescribe or dispense medical marijuana in accordance with state law. Similarly, ACP strongly urges protection from criminal or civil penalties for patients who use medical marijuana as permitted under state laws."

      -- American College of Physicians

      "Supporting Research into the Therapeutic Role of Marijuana,"

      Feb. 15, 2008

      "In an effort to determine whether marijuana, or drugs derived from marijuana, might be effective as a glaucoma treatment, the National Eye Institute (NEI) supported research studies beginning in 1978... However, none of these studies demonstrated that marijuana -- or any of its components -- could lower IOP [intraocular pressure] as effectively as drugs already on the market. In addition, some potentially serious side effects were noted, including an increased heart rate and a decrease in blood pressure in studies using smoked marijuana.

      The identification of side effects from smoked marijuana, coupled with the emergence of highly effective FDA-approved medications for glaucoma treatment, may have led to diminished interest in this research area."

      -- National Eye Institute

      "Glaucoma and Marijuana Use,"

      Mar. 17, 2009

      "The evidence in this record [9-6-88 ruling] clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record."

      -- Judge Francis L. Young

      DEA Administrative Law Judge

      Administrative ruling on Petition to Reschedule Marijuana

      Sep. 1988

      "Smoked marijuana damages the brain, heart, lungs, and immune system. It impairs learning and interferes with memory, perception, and judgment. Smoked marijuana contains cancer-causing compounds and has been implicated in a high percentage of automobile crashes and workplace accidents."

      -- John Walters

      Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy

      Syndicated editorial

      Mar. 2002

      "[T]here is very little evidence that smoking marijuana as a means of taking it represents a significant health risk.

      Although cannabis has been smoked widely in Western countries for more than four decades, there have been no reported cases of lung cancer or emphysema attributed to marijuana.

      I suspect that a day's breathing in any city with poor air quality poses more of a threat than inhaling a day's dose -- which for many ailments is just a portion of a joint -- of marijuana."

      -- Lester Grinspoon, MD

      Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry

      Harvard Medical School

      "Puffing Is the Best Medicine,"

      Los Angeles Times

      May 5, 2006

      "3-4 Cannabis cigarettes a day are associated with the same evidence of acute and chronic bronchitis and the same degree of damage to the bronchial mucosa as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day.

      Cannabis smoking is likely to weaken the immune system. Infections of the lung are due to a combination of smoking-related damage to the cells lining the bronchial passage and impairment of the principal immune cells in the small air sacs caused by cannabis."

      -- British Lung Foundation

      "Smoking Gun: The Impact of Cannabis Smoking on Respiratory Health,"

      a publicly disseminated report

      Nov. 2002

      "Patients receiving cannabinoids [smoked marijuana and marijuana pills] had improved immune function compared with those receiving placebo. They also gained about 4 pounds more on average than those patients receiving placebo."

      -- Donald Abrams, MD, et al.

      "Short-Term Effects of Cannabinoids in Patients with HIV-1 Infection,"

      Annals of Internal Medicine

      Aug. 19, 2003

      "The most compelling concerns regarding marijuana smoking in HIV/AIDS patients are the possible effects of marijuana on immunity.

      Reports of opportunistic fungal and bacterial pneumonia in AIDS patients who used marijuana suggest that marijuana smoking either suppresses the immune system or exposes patients to an added burden of pathogens.

      In summary, patients with preexisting immune deficits due to AIDS should be expected to be vulnerable to serious harm caused by smoking marijuana."

      -- Institute of Medicine Report

      Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base

      Mar. 1999

      "Consumer Reports believes that, for patients with advanced AIDS and terminal cancer, the apparent benefits some derive from smoking marijuana outweigh any substantiated or even suspected risks.

      In the same spirit the FDA uses to hasten the approval of cancer drugs, federal laws should be relaxed in favor of states' rights to allow physicians to administer marijuana to their patients on a caring and compassionate basis."

      -- Consumer Reports


      May 1997

      "[T]he use of marijuana [for the terminally ill] can no longer be considered a therapeutic intervention but one of several procedures used to ease the ebbing of life of the terminally ill.

      But for this purpose doctors should prescribe antiemetic and analgesic therapies of proven efficacy, rather than marijuana smoking.

      This therapeutic course is not based on bureaucratic absolutism, political correctness, or reflexive ideology - but on scientific knowledge and the humane practice of medicine."

      -- Gabriel Nahas, MD, PhD

      Editorial, Wall Street Journal

      Mar. 1997

      "There are really no other medications that have the same mechanisms of action as marijuana. Dronabinol (Marinol) is available by prescription in capsules, but has the distinct disadvantage of containing only synthetic delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is only one of many therapeutically beneficial cannabinoids in the natural plant."

      -- Gregory T. Carter, MD

      Co-director, MDA/ALS Center,

      University of Washington Medical Center

      Muscular Dystrophy Association

      website article

      Oct. 2003

      "Marinol differs from the crude plant marijuana because it consists of one pure, well-studied, FDA-approved pharmaceutical in stable known dosages. Marijuana is an unstable mixture of over 400 chemicals including many toxic psychoactive chemicals which are largely unstudied and appear in uncontrolled strengths."

      -- California Narcotics Officers Association

      Official policy statement "The Use of Marijuana as a Medicine"

      Oct. 31, 2005

      "For some users, perhaps as many as 10 per cent, cannabis leads to psychological dependence, but there is scant evidence that it carries a risk of true addiction. Unlike cigarette smokers, most users do not take the drug on a daily basis, and usually abandon it in their twenties or thirties.

      Unlike for nicotine, alcohol and hard drugs, there is no clearly defined withdrawal syndrome, the hallmark of true addic

    • woodamarc profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Woodard 

      8 years ago from Portland, Oregon


      This is standard protocol for pain mgt programs regardless of VA, or private HMO. You sign a contract because of HMO underwriter policies that dictate opiates as the pain killing "gold standard." I'm sorry to hear about your pain issues. I'd highly recommend if you have private insurance that you take the clipings from my articles (see advisement below), and/or do further research to make a case to your doctor about the need for both opiate and Marinol prescriptions to inhibit both opiate and cannabis receptors to better alleviate pain.

      The doctor, unless you provide the cannabis benefits "scientific data" (cannabis inhibitors to alleviate pain), the primary phy won't understand this science. Go figure. Only a specialist in Pain Management knows this stuff. There is no guarantee a primary will prescribe Marinol (if not follow my other advisement), but they should because it is classified as a DEA controlled category 3 pharmaceutical. Which means it's low risk for the doctor to prescribe and presents no risk in comparison to opiates (DEA class 1&2 prescription).

      Point is, if they can prescribe you extra strength tylenol, they can prescribe you Marino (both prescriptions are a DEA cat 3). If your doctor won't do this, get a new primary, one which will.

      If your doctor after looking at this scientific data and your chronic pain statements and "substantiated" medical history won't budge... Ask for a referral to a pain mgt specialist.

      There should be no problem with prescribing Marinol (also used as a muscle relaxant) and opiate (Norco, Percocet, Vicodin, etc.). I don't recommend Oxycontin (this opiate is too addicting). They will still have you sign a Pain Mgt contract. But at least this way you'll be legal. And you'll have both pain receptors covered for the most part (an opiate and legal THC). This means more pain alleviation.

      Also, remember for chronic pain patients, there is no such thing as complete relief from pain.

      On my homesite link found within my profile (; Find my 3 Medical Marijuana articles (search under marijuana - all 3 articles will pop up). I wrote on scientific data behind cannabis receptor pain alleviation and the need to inhibit cannabis pain receptors with Marinol if medical marijuana is not legal in your state.

      Keith although we live in a strange society where many things don't make sense, this is the best sense I could lead you towards. I hope this helps and I wish you many pain free days with your family.

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      8 years ago

      I am a chronic pain patient, and went to my local VA

      for pain management and was put on an opiate pain drug but only after I signed a statement that said that I wouldn't use anything else period, and the opiate did nothing to aliviate my pain, so I went back on reefer, so

      I had another appointment and I was given a random urine test which I tested positive, and afterward taken off of the pain program.

      I live in Louisiana, and am trying to find a doctor who

      will help me, and perscribe marinol at least because the only way I can get the stuff now, is illegal and a misdemeanor. What do I do now???

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      8 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

      This is TRUE... I know people and friends who take medical marijuana and they get better!

    • woodamarc profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Woodard 

      8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      For those of you that are looking for a legal THC substance distributed by most HMO's regardless of state. Click on the following link and read about Dronabinol (Marinol)in the article... For pain relief! If M is not legal in your state, give it a try to see how it works for you. If in pain, you have the right to request and receive this pain medicine alleviator. Print this article and show to your doc when in council. This will guarantee the prescription if you are truely diagnosed with substantiated back, neck, fibromyalgia, hip, knee pain, etc.

      For all of those suffering in unnecessary pain, I wish you well and mostly wish you relief.

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      8 years ago

      I live in NC and we are not yet legal. I have thought about getting some marijuana from a friend in VA but, I know that the medical M is better. How can I get the medical M safely and through the mail. I want someone I can trust. I am now on an Opiate, Opana, for the pain of Fibro. I am on disability and have been for 8 years. I have had pain all my life and am tired of pills. I am almost positive that my pain management Dr. would agree that M would be better for me, however I do not have an appt. for 2 months. I have not checked with him. I am over 50, and am not in this for the high but for the relief. Can you point me in the right direction. I trust you with this problem. By the way, Raleigh is supposed to be in ddeliberation at this very moment to make it legal in my state. Till then can you help. Sincerely and with many thanks. Beccie

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      8 years ago

      Definately helps with long-term nerve/back pain that never seems to go away. Used under protection of Doctors perscription it helps a great deal. However, fear of incarceration and having to hide it tends to negate the healing effects.

      Medical grade only. Low-grade, non-dispensary Marijuana is far too uncontrolled and typically lower quality. Much less medical value.

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      8 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

      This is true. In fact, cannabis oil also can cure some cancers.

    • woodamarc profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Woodard 

      8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I'm not sure about better. I am sure it is relative for specific types of pain (illness & disease), also works better for some than others. For example... Inhibit pain for various spine, muscle spasm, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc... Also where opiates fail cannabis nerve receptors will likely inhibit and alleviate pain with use of medical marijuana.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      This has to be better than stronger pain relief drugs. As long as it is controlled I do not see a problem


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