Chronic pain is not a primary condition or injury (typically results from a past trauma or underlying condition instead); may affect various regions of the body.
Severe and frequently intolerable nerve-related discomfort that varies in frequency, duration, and
severity; may create feelings of helplessness or despair that may discourage patients from pursuing other life-saving treatments or therapies (i.e. chemotherapy, radiation, autoimmune drug therapy).
How marijuana helps:
There are more than 100 different cannabinoids present in marijuana which create an analgesic effect by blocking the peripheral nerve, the spinal cord, and the brain from receiving pain impulses. Cannabinoids may also protect neurons in order to prevent chronic pain from worsening. Marijuana ingestion has also been proven to have anti-inflammatory and anti-neuroinflammatory properties, reducing chronic pain stemming from a wide variety of conditions. Other potential benefits include alleviation of nausea and discomfort that stems from opiate drugs (commonly prescribed for pain), as well as alleviation of vomiting and dizziness that may accompany intense, prolonged pain.