West Virginia Residents With Chronic Pain Qualify for Medical Marijuana
Chronic or intractable pain is a lasting condition that affects over 25% of Americans and is often treated with opioids or painkillers, with West Virginia experiencing the highest overdose death rate in the United States.
Chronic pain is a major problem in West Virginia and throughout the United States. When people refer to "chronic” or “intractable” pain, it typically means that the condition does not go away even though treatment options are available.
Chronic or intractable pain can arise from underlying conditions like arthritis, overuse injuries, or muscle strains/sprains, or it can be present with no knowable underlying condition, making it one of the more difficult conditions to diagnose and treat.
Is Chronic Pain Common in the US?
Chronic pain is a common condition that affects a large portion of the American population, with reportedly over 1 in 5 Americans struggling with chronic pain every day.
Pain is a very complex issue. Diagnosing chronic pain accurately requires understanding what causes it so that doctors can develop proper treatment plans for patients.
Some of the more common conditions that can cause chronic pain include:
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
multiple sclerosis (MS)
Treating Chronic Pain With Opioids
Unfortunately in America, opioids are frequently prescribed as a first line defense for chronic pain, although there are regulations in place that are supposed to prevent this from happening.
These dangerous narcotics such as fentanyl, oxycodone, and morphine, can lead to many complications that are often far worse than the conditions they are supposed to treat, with side effects such as severe addiction, suicidal thoughts or tendencies, withdrawal, the inability to feel joy or happiness without the medication, and even fatal overdoses.
Opioid drugs have caused a widespread crisis, but their role in the growing problem of chronic pain is not singular. The United States faces some serious challenges when it comes to healthcare availability for patients suffering from chronic pain.
Medical marijuana for pain of all kinds may balance access when it comes to healthcare equality.
How Can Medical Marijuana Help with Chronic Pain?
Marijuana has been used for thousands of years to treat many different types of conditions, including chronic pain.
Many patients have found that medical marijuana can treat chronic pain effectively, with minimal unwanted side-effects. Cannabis is an incredible alternative to the harmful painkillers often prescribed for this condition.
Medical marijuana for chronic pain has become more and more accepted as a legitimate option, and research shows that over 60% of medical cannabis users use their medication to address chronic pain.
Cannabis is a safer alternative to opioids, which come with dangerous side effects. Studies have shown that medical marijuana can work effectively in the treatment of chronic pain without the risk of addiction, overdose death, or the long-term complications that are linked to opioid use.
Unlike opioids, which produce adverse side effects and can permanently alter your brain's reward system, medical cannabis is safe in this regard because it does not have the same effect on the receptors in your brain that narcotics do, preventing users from overdosing, or developing addiction or withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking them.
Get West Virginia Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain
There’s no better time than now to become a medical marijuana patient in West Virginia, and our staff of qualified Doctors can be reached at 877-303-8424 to help answer any questions you may have about getting West Virginia marijuana for chronic pain.
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Schedule a telemedicine appointment by calling us at (877) 303-8424.
Meet virtually with one of our certified physicians through telemedicine to discuss your medical history.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your recommendation for a West Virginia medical marijuana card!