Marijuana and Chronic Pain - Leaf Science
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Marijuana is an effective painkiller, and scientists believe it may help some people to quit opiates.

Chronic pain is becoming more and more common worldwide. Addictive opioid painkillers are frequently prescribed for chronic pain, leaving many patients dependent on them. These medications also pose a high risk of accidental overdose.

Marijuana is known to be an effective painkiller for many conditions. Studies have shown that marijuana can be used successfully in place of, or alongside opiates to treat pain.

The benefits of using marijuana to treat pain include its lack of overdose risk, and relatively mild potential for addiction.

Here, we explore the benefits of using marijuana to treat pain, and how it compares to opiate pain medications.

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Pain is an unfortunate, but universal human experience. Pain can be felt physically and emotionally, and can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-lasting).

The top reasons people experience pain include injury, illness and disease, emotional trauma, and long-term wear and tear.

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