Legal medical industry in Arizona
Arizona is among 15 states that have laws permitting eligible patients to consume medicinal marijuana for the treatment of approved conditions and terminal illnesses. Eligibility for a marijuana recommendation depends upon both type and severity of an illness, and all patients must first speak with a physician to determine if medical marijuana is the right treatment for them.
Chronic pain patients represent one of the largest populations of eligible medical marijuana users, considering almost one third of all Americans suffer from it to some degree. Marijuana has shown extremely positive results when it comes to reducing this pain; whether light, moderate or severe, and is approved for use by patients suffering from this condition in the state of Arizona.
A number of prominent medical organizations and associations have publically endorsed the use of medical marijuana to treat chronic pain that stems from various illnesses or reasons, including:
Considering there are countless studies that support this recommendation, this should come as no surprise. One example is a 2000 study which found that 70-80% of patients using medical marijuana have reduced their pain. Beyond just effectiveness, marijuana has very mild side effects if any compared to the traditional method of treating chronic pain – opioids.
Opioids are a drug category purposed for pain management, and can have particularly unpleasant side effects varying greatly. This is why medical marijuana consumption is a more favorable alternative, or, as Donald Abrams, MD, professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco says, an addition to opioid treatment. In a recent study, Abrams found that cannabinoids and opioids may interact and present more pleasant pain management strategy to patients.
With Medical Marijuana on the verge of becoming legal to consume and sell to eligible patients in Arizona, residents who suffer from chronic pain should consider the drug. Learn more about its benefits by joining the Arizona Hemp Center's community.
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