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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:05 PM

Cannabis can make patients 'less bothered by pain'

Source: BBC

22 December 2012 Last updated at 01:02 GMT

Cannabis can make patients 'less bothered by pain'

Cannabis makes pain more bearable rather than actually reducing it, a study from the University of Oxford suggests.

Using brain imaging, researchers found that the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis reduced activity in a part of the brain linked to emotional aspects of pain.

But the effect on the pain experienced varied greatly, they said.

The researchers' findings are published in the journal Pain.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20810603

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Reply Cannabis can make patients 'less bothered by pain' (Original post)
Eugene Dec 2012 OP
me b zola Dec 2012 #1
FirstLight Dec 2012 #9
LittleGirl Dec 2012 #11
Occulus Dec 2012 #17
rhett o rick Dec 2012 #2
RevStPatrick Dec 2012 #3
Gregorian Dec 2012 #4
Boxerfan Dec 2012 #5
limpyhobbler Dec 2012 #6
TeamPooka Dec 2012 #7
SammyWinstonJack Dec 2012 #16
gulliver Dec 2012 #8
grahamhgreen Dec 2012 #10
OnionPatch Dec 2012 #12
greenman3610 Dec 2012 #13
blazeKing Dec 2012 #14
otohara Dec 2012 #15

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:11 PM

1. And this is probably a lifesaver for many people living with chronic pain

Chronic pain wears you down. When I have a big flair up of pain cannabis helps me relax, and that all by itself helps me beyond words.

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Response to me b zola (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:17 PM

9. +1000

i too, live with chronic pain...this past week I had a root canal go bad, and the added pain effect almost put me over the edge. I just wanted to crawl into a ho0le and die. The Dr prescribed vicodin, but after a couple days of that shit, my stomach is trashed and i am sleeping practically all day...
smoking herb allows me to take half the pain meds and still function around the house, without throwinbg off my sleep patterns...

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Response to FirstLight (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:57 PM

11. vicodine makes me nauseas

so I can't take it. When I had surgery years ago, the morphine made me nauseous too. I can't take that stuff. give me cannabis any day over those drugs.

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Response to LittleGirl (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 07:51 PM

17. And then there are others, like a good friend of mine,

who vicodin will damn near kill by allergic reaction. He's intolerant to almost all narcotic painkillers, and has suffered badly because of it.

Cannabis is a remedy he can use, and i have observed for myself that it has great benefit for him.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:22 PM

2. But we must hold a firm line. We must convince those in cronic pain of the

dangers of cannabis.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:22 PM

3. My wife, who has problems with her knees...

 

...says that smoking one up "doesn't eliminate the pain, it just makes it more interesting."

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:30 PM

4. 40,000 deaths in the US due to pain killers, every year. Cannabis- zero

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:34 PM

5. A lot of people don't get how MMJ works...Nothing like an opiate

It doesn't obliterate pain except at abnormal concentrations. Daily user like myself find they are distracted from the pain by the medicinal effects. It allows me to concentrate on tasks at hand rather than fret over constant joint pain.

I prefer sativa strains for my disorder-as a type A personality I don't like narcotics at all...And they plug up my plumbing something awfull so...MMJ is by far my best choice for chronic pain.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:35 PM

6. k/r

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:41 PM

7. hemp and cannabis can save the world...if we let it.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 07:42 PM

16. +1000!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:05 PM

8. That's part of its job recreationally too.

Same as with alcohol.

Using marijuana a lot recreationally is a bad idea, though. It can make you feel like you've done well and had a good day even if you failed completely. It lessens the pain of failure and increases the pleasure of things that aren't success. Then you might not try as hard to do well the next day. You have to keep an eye on yourself with anything that easily lessens pain or increases pleasure.

Using it for medical control of pain seems like a big win, though. The world would be a much, much better place if it were completely legal everywhere.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:38 PM

10. There is a high CBD spray that is great for pain,

anxiety, and insomnia.

CBD is the anti pain component of cannabis. Very different than THC.

Check statewidecollective.org (I think)

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:06 PM

12. I can attest

to that. I also have chronic pain and use medical cannabis. Depression is a big risk with chronic pain. Aside from the muscle relaxing sensation, the little mental "up" I experience when I use cannabis can sometimes be the thing that gets me working on my projects instead of moping around all day.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:14 PM

13. totally agree on the salutory effects, but greed among growers is becoming toxic

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-pot-enviro-20121223,0,2903043.story

there's nothing so good that greedy bastards can't poison it.

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The marijuana boom that came with the sudden rise of medical cannabis in California has wreaked havoc on the fragile habitats of the North Coast and other parts of California. With little or no oversight, farmers have illegally mowed down timber, graded mountaintops flat for sprawling greenhouses, dispersed poisons and pesticides, drained streams and polluted watersheds.

Because marijuana is unregulated in California and illegal under federal law, most growers still operate in the shadows, and scientists have little hard data on their collective effect. But they are getting ever more ugly snapshots.

A study led by researchers at UC Davis found that a rare forest carnivore called a fisher was being poisoned in Humboldt County and near Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:28 PM

14. It stops my severe stomach cramps during a flareup

 

So yeah, I guess I am less bothered by the pain after medicating. Doesn't stop all pain, at least what I have doesn't ..but it really does stop the intermittent severe cramps, and fast. And I don't get them for a few hours afterwards either. Certain strains and tinctures are being produced right now that have varying amounts of pain reducing cannabinoids to try and find the best for pain.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 07:33 PM

15. Exactly - People Ask Me

if it helps my pain, and I say it helps dealing with.
I think eating it would might help with pain, but I don't like the body high and it lasts too long.

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