Marijuana Works Better Than Opiates To Control Pain: Here’s How

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One compelling argument for the legalization of medical marijuana is its ability to ameliorate intense pain. Currently available technologies have helped us gain understanding of cannabis, as well as its more-commonly-accepted opioid counterparts, and the affects they have on pain.

In 2010, as an attempt to gain insight on pain’s function in the brain, Oxford University conducted a study using fMRI machines and the standard tricks of psychology. Volunteers were monitored during zaps of pain to their feet.

Some areas, they were told, had the potential to be unsafe. In those spots, the volunteers reported their pain levels as being higher. In reality, all of it was safe. Interestingly, in the fMRI machines, the anterior insula lit up before they were ever zapped. Thinking about, anticipating and fearing pain caused their brains to assume—caused them to feel—the physical sensation of pain.

It’s all in the way human brains are hardwired. The parts of the brain where emotions are processed (the limbic system) are directly connected to the parts where physical stimuli are detected (the somatosensory cortex).

This wiring is what gives us the definition of pain, as according to The International Association for the Study of Pain:  “An unpleasant and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” In essence, it is your brain telling you that somewhere in your body, something is wrong.

Let’s first take a look at the federally recognized, legal remedy for pain: opiates.

As it stands currently, opiates are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. This is regardless of the fact that they only have a 30-40 percent success rate for reducing pain. Moreover, 80 percent of the time, they are accompanied by horrible side effects—hormonal imbalance, constipation (often leading to fecal impaction), nausea, and intense drowsiness just to name a few. In order to combat these side effects, patients often have to “take drugs to offset the drugs.”

Although it can be argued that these side effects are relatively small, potentially just inconveniences, the number of people who die from overdoses is not. That is, 125,000 lives in the last decade. The body will build up a tolerance and require higher doses over time, resulting in addiction, illegal drug use and possibly death.

“It started with a snowboarding accident; my knee got really messed up. They had me on Morphine and OxyContin for a while, but eventually the prescriptions ran out. As soon as they stopped giving me a legitimate source, I got into the underground scene,” says Randall*. “I was pronounced legally dead once, but I still didn’t clean up. My eight-year addiction didn’t stop until it eventually landed me behind bars.”

Cases like Randall’s are not uncommon; roughly 6 percent of people who take legitimately-prescribed opiates try heroine within ten years.

In 2007, Purdue Pharma (producer of OxyContin) was sued in regards to the built-in time-release OxyContin, which opiate abusers ardently seek. Their marketing led doctors to believe that it had a lower risk of addiction. Abusers discovered they could crush or chew the drug and get the full dose (which is meant to last hours) all at once. Purdue’s defense? They hadn’t advertised to customers, only to doctors. They lost the case and paid $634 million in fines.

Medical cannabis, unlike opiates, doesn’t alleviate pain; it alleviates your emotional response to pain.

Upon observation, it is recognized that higher THC strains do this more effectively. THC is received in your emotional center (the limbic system), which is what causes the relaxation effect.

Marijuana as pain relief? It’s all in the way our brains are hardwired.

*indicates names have been changed to protect identities

Have you used marijuana or opiates to treat pain? Which do you prefer? Tell us in the comments below!

Kylie is a student and volunteers with the Drug Policy Project of Northern Utah and has been a lover of writing since before she was born. She loves potato cake psychological thrillers. Kylie is a freelance writer for Cannabis Now Magazine.
  • James

    I have had chronic pain for over six years now from a ruptured disk that led to a spinal fusion as well as permanent nerve damage. I have had multiple surgeries as well as a stroke. I am prescribed oxycontin 60mg every 12 hours and 15 mg oxycodone 5 times a day for break thru pain. Due to the opiates I have had many other problems such as sleep apnea as well as severe hormonal imbalance. I have to always worry about having my pills and am very inactive from the drowsiness. The opiates do manage my pain most of the time but still have pretty bad side effects. I have also tried MJ and it not only takes all the pain away but it improves my mood as well as my energy levels and my sleeping. Over all I would much rather use MJ than the opiates. I live in maryland and hopefully will have access to MMJ by the end of this year and will defiantly be using it over the opiates. It has also worked wonders for a few friends and family members suffering from cancer. They have told me that the MJ makes them feel normal where the chemo and opiates made them feel like death. It’s time for the USA people to have access to this live changing medicine and choose for themselves what works best.

    • R Michael Comstock

      Same boat here and I agree!

    • Marcus Welby! M.D.

      When the pharmaceutical industry can ‘patent’ natural ingredients, ONLY THEN WILL MJ BE LEGAL ON ALL 50 STATES WITHOUT LIMITS… PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ARE RUTHLESS, CARE ZERO FOR THOSE PAYING FOR THEIR PRODUCTS, AND EVERY ONE IS ‘ONLY’ A BUCK TO THEM, OR ACTUALLY BILLIONS ANNUALLY! BE A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN, STOP THE ABUSE PHARMACEUTICALS COMPANIES, AND THEIR DEALERS; WALGREENS, RITE AID, CVS, AND TO MANY OTHERS TO MENTION… THE ABUSE IS FROM THE SYSTEM OF GREED, AND THE ‘SYSTEM’ THAT DOES ALL THINGS TO COVER THEIR ASSES… TAKE COMFORT, WHAT OME SOWS, THEY REAP! LIE, GET LOE TO, AND TAKE THE HIT FOR PROMOTING LIES! TAKE PAIN REDUCTION IN YOUR OWN HANDS, BE RESPONSIBLE TO YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY AND FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU! MARIJUANA IS A GOD CREATED PLANT, PHARMACEUTICALS ARE MADEMADE SELF SERVING GREED AT THE EXSPENCE OF SUFFERS IN SERIOUS PAIN… HOW WRONG, DEMENTED, AND WICKED IS LIEING TO THEM ALREADY NEARLY HELPLESS… BECAUSE THEY MAKE BILLIONS ANNUALLY FROM SUFFERING… THE GAME THEY’RE PLAYING NOW IS MOST LIKELY NOTHING BUT A RUSE, BECAUSE THEY NEED TO REDUCE THEIR ROSTERS, AND CREATE A PROBLEM, THEN ‘APPEAR’ TO HAVE THE SOLUTION… SOUND FAMILIAR!

  • Shane

    Should be 30mg not 39

  • Shane

    I am a 37 year old male who suffers from neurofibromatosis(NF1) and scoliosis I am a former marijuana smoker but when I gave my life to Christ I quit. I now go to a pain clnic every month and take morphine 39mg tab er tab twice a day and 15mg oxycodone tab 4 times a day I know just by listening to my docters the side effects and long-term use of this can be harmful but when I smoked weed I didn’t hurt as much but as a Christian I know that I cant break the law so I really don’t know what to do

    • where I am you wouldn’t be breaking the law. And I am christian.. So does it mean that the same action is “sin” there and not here in California? I say choose for yourself. Your brain and body is already telling you which is effective. So are you living under God or the Government who plays God by taking away our free will?

      • No God made it for healing, and these doctors do not want you to be healed for the love of money, I am a Christian and I will start taking it in a couple of weeks

    • R Michael Comstock

      I am christian too and understand your dilemma. I will be moving back to Oregon asap for the very reason that the opiates have destroyed my liver, thyroid, intestines, and memory. Maybe you can relocate to a state with medical marijuana? you can pray about it Because God understands pain he suffered the most sever pain for several hours. I know my nerve pain and yours is a close second to his and we must live with it for years. He can make the move possible for you I’m sure. My prayers are with you brother,

      • Marcus Welby! M.D.

        AMEN MY FRIEND!

    • Common sense

      Stop the stupidity in allowing religion to make decisions for you in all aspects of life. Think for yourself and use your personal moral compass instead of basing it on ancient beliefs that largely don’t relate to today’s society. In reality, it’s more of a sin to put your body through what opiates do than to use something that is natural medicine. Sorry for harsh words but I just really hope this gets through so that you can provide yourself relief with something that should be completely okay to do.

    • Lloyd

      Hey , man where in the hell do you think marijuana came from God and the churches are breaking Gods Laws they are inccorect Bile speaks highly of this Herb He gave to man to heal them selves and to heal their minds as well just Google what does the bible say about this herb and of corse the churches will say your misinterpreting the Scriptures but churches are wrong because it says it just as plain as Day is to night .

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  • Marijuana indeed are helpful for people who have health problems. This kind of article will surely inform them. Keep writing and thanks!

    • Jim

      MJ does not treat chronic pain. MJ makes U confused, dazed, puts U in a different mental state but it is no where near as effective as an opiate for true pain. If U want to be in stupor for 4 – 8 hrs after smoking weed and not injure someone else with your car go ahead smoke your day away. However that does not make it a great pain reliever. Lying about MJ to discredit opiates just shows how phony MJ users R.

      • Nick

        In your bathroom is a mirror. Go look at it. You will see part of humanity’s problem.

      • monstermikie

        Your an idiot or a pharma paid disinformant have fun with a brutal agonizing liver and kidney failure death bitch

        • david williams

          Tylenol actually is what destroys peoples liver and ibuprofen does so to their kidneys. The biggest problem with taking opiates/opiods as prescribed for chronic pain is the addictive properties but, that is a huge problem. I don’t think that you can discount a person’s personal success with opiate therapy or their success with THC/CBD therapy. some people cannot handle one or the other but I think people should have the option of both. I have DDD and a painful right side due to a ribectomy during the day i take oxycodone and at night I smoke or vape weed. I can’t handle being stoned at work much like some people cant handle oxycodone there is only an answer for the individual not a true black and white solution.

      • Leigha

        Absolutely. It has never helped my chronic Fibro, scoliosis,lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Nothing has helped like my pain meds as bad as I hate I have to take anything. You hit the nail on the head.

        • Leigha

          And I do not have a problem with MJ at all. I am thankful for those it helps.

          • Leigha

            And mean only it doesn’t do anything for me but make me loopy, and unable to function. Unfortunately

      • Mark saling

        Your a fool if you had any idea what it is like to be in a high level of pain now for me it’s 11 years of my life I’ve lost. I don’t smoke weed but if it worked and was legal for me I would. If you understood the desperation for relief people seek. So according to you being addicted to pain meds stuck on the couch still in pain makes me a better person than smoking a plant.

        • R Michael Comstock

          I got that level of pain and understand like most others can’t I spent 6 weeks in so much pain I could not get up and could not sleep but a few minutes at a time from shear exhaustion because my doc would only give me 3 Vicodin a day. He did not understand severe pain from a destroyed spine.

        • Marcus Welby! M.D.

          AMEN MY FRIEND!

      • R Michael Comstock

        drugs effect everyone different. for me opiates make me hyperactive and give me amnesia but do not adequately kill pain. oddly enough MJ makes me hyper too and it does kill the pain for me so much I have to be careful not to hurt myself, but I do not recommend anyone driving on any drug whether opiate, MJ, or alcohol. have someone else drive you ! I have to to keep others safe from my opiate use since my state doesn’t allow MMJ so I do not drive. I will be moving back to Oregon asap to get off the Fentanyl and oxy because they are destroying my liver and thyroid, wish I hadn’t needed to move from Oregon in the first place.

        • Marcus Welby! M.D.

          AMEN MY FRIEND! You need an Indica strain cannabis, this will greatly help w/pain, sleeping, emotional state, etc. Knowledge is power, and healing to those who love her! GOD IS LOVE… HE LOVES YOU!

      • Monica Rainey

        That is ridiculous. Most chronic pain suffers use pure hemp oil and ingest it rather than smoke it. It’s people like you with closed minds that view all medicinal marijuana usage as someone sitting around smoking to get high rather than using it medically to treat illness. And how is putting man-made medications (several toxic and with side effects too numerous to mention) in our bodies deemed somehow better than the ingestion of an ALL-NATURAL, God-given plant??

      • Marcus Welby! M.D.

        U R AN IDIOT… STUDY THE ONES WHO U SAY R TRUTHFUL, YOUR LYING, WICKED DOCTOR! THEY R TAUGHT, AND USE WITCHCRAFT TO DECIEVE THEIR IGNORANT ‘PATIENTS’ Rx NEVER HEAL ANYONE, THEY ‘ONLY’ COVER UP THE SYMPTOMS, NEVER HEAL… YOU HAVE RECEPTORS IN YOUR BRAIN THAT ARE ‘CANNABIS’ RECEPTORS… DON’T BE IGNORANT INTENTIONALLY… GROW A BRAIN, AND SHOW (a little, if possible?) AND A LOT OF COMPASSION IS IN ORDER! IF YOU’RE EVER IN CHRONIC PAIN, DEFENDLESS, TAKEN ADVANTAGE FOR PROFIT, AND DISPOSED OF ONCE PHILOSOPHIES CHANGE, admitting THEY ARE IGNORANT, LYING WEASELS! THEY KNOW BETTER, BUT CARE NOTHING AT ALL, EXCEPT FOR THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS… WHAT YOU SOW, YOU REAP; ONE DAY I’LL BE OUTTA PAIN, AND ‘PAIN DOCTORS’ (who lie for their bank accounts, GREED, and self centered motives! Now, who says marijuana is not effective in relieving chronic pain symptoms! When one SUFFERS AGONY, their open to things they were once opposed to! When you’re suffering, then state your opinion, that is at current lacking scientific evidence, and common knowledge! Put that in your pipe, and smoke it!

  • Kelley L.

    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2001, immediately I was given high doses of vicodin and flexeril. My pain levels were well treated with OTC pain relievers at the time. Between being given oxycontin (2004) and a 10 day stretch on morphine (2005)it was discovered that I have an “opiate intolerance”. I’ve been on everything from Demerol to Darvocet for pain, they either didn’t work or caused severe allergic reactions. I’ve been on MMJ for about a year, the difference is amazing. I actually have the energy and the drive to do things. The pain relief, the way my muscles feel, it’s almost like being in my 20’s again. The all over generalized pain goes away, I still have pain where knots and spasms have choked off nerves. However, these are diminishing as well as the knots are relaxing.
    On a side note, on the other benefits of pot, my doctor just said that I don’t have asthma anymore.

    • Mmj

      What kind of MMJ do you find works best for your fibromyalgia pain, yet gives you energy too??? That would be a miracle!
      Thank you, in advance, for the information.

      • Casey

        Yes that would be very good to know as I have that and chronic fatigue.

      • Marcus Welby! M.D.

        Sativa strain is the answer to you’re question! SHALOM, SHALOM TO YOU!

    • Selena

      What have you found to be the best MMJs to relieve fibromyalgia pain and increase energy????

  • hdfuller@hotmail.com

    Cannabis is the only pain relief medication I will use for the rest of my life. It is also very effective when speeding up recovery from strains, sprains etc. As an Arborist I need to recover as quickly as possible, rest becomes very therapeutic too.

  • chaz

    I have been living with chronic pain for the last 13ys,and have been on opiates of one form or the other ever since my motorcycle accident in 2001 over this period of time my body has become tolerant to opiates to the stage where im now on 120 mills morphine a day plus 4 grammes of paracetamol and 15 MGs of laprazole to stop the nausea the morphine nolonger work at all and is just basically feeding the opiate addiction that iv had for past 13yrs and obviously with such high dosage the withdrawals are horrific if I forget to get my prescription in before I run out of morphine iv tried smoking marijuana for the last few yrs and have found to my surprise that it realy does help alleviate the pain for up to two hours at a time which is bliss for some one like me who literally live with pain every second of the day 24hrs a day 7 days a week 52 weeks of the yr non stop BUT and its a big BUT in the uk where I live its illegal to buy grow even possession is a crime in the UK the government will not allow the opening of any medical marijuana dispensary’s at all in this country which would benefit millions of people suffering with medical conditions but contempary medication is the only way we can get treatment ie using extremely strong opiates to relieve pain this is totally unacceptable behaviour for the uk government not to allow medicinal marijuana to be used by people like myself who knows for a fact that marijuana has no side effects except giving me the munchies which is more than opiates do (they tend to suppress appetite not increase it hence the nausea all the time ) so why wont they legalise marijuana in the uk its simple the government and the pharmaceutical companies would loose too much money as far as they are concerned not thinking forwards as usual the government seem to neglect the fact that they could make millions from taxes alone that the marijuana medication would generate it would also generate new jobs for the increasing unemployment situation in the uk so millions of people would benefit all around in the meantime I have to keep breaking the law just so I can live a relatively normal life with less pain through using marijuana because I cannot safely risk increasing the dosage of the morphine without risking a serious over dose all the time the marijuana alleviates the chronic pain I suffer with I will carry on using it regardless of the possibility of going to jail because im breaking the UK laws

    • Bobby

      MJ also takes away your ability to use periods.

      • Smiling….

        LOL, Bobby!

    • R Michael Comstock

      Chaz I am in the same boat pain wise as you and the morphine no longer works for me either. MJ does kill the pain so well I had to be carefull not to hurt myself more after I ate a capsule full. but over time you can build some tolerance to MJ too but not as severely as with opiates hope you can continue your MJ therapy

  • Andy K

    I’m neither pro opiate nor pro cannabis. I would like to point out a few things I have discovered for myself throughout my life.
    1. Quote, “The body will build up a tolerance and require higher doses over time, resulting in addiction, illegal drug use and possibly death.” That maybe for any given drug but there are better ways of taking painkillers than pills. Patches, for instance. I use a Buprenorphine 52.5mcg/hr patch. The problems with my spine are both permanent and progressive, so the pain caused by these problems is never going to go away or heal up. I have been on this patch for 10 years a 5 months at the time of writing this. I notice no tolerance building up but AM well and truly addicted to the stuff. The only time this becomes a problem is when I forget to put a new patch on.
    2. Regarding “cannabis pills” or whatever format they would come in. Do people really believe that even if the western world agreed to legalise cannabis for medical use, that it wouldn’t be abused?? There will always be junkies and there will always be addicts. This is not slating people, it is just an unfortunate fact.
    3. The idea of a drug – any drug – working on the part of the brain which “cares / gives a toss” about either being in pain or anticipating pain is a nice one, but once again, general mood can dictate the level of pain felt. A simple for instance would be: You have lost your job, your wife and kids have left you and that night you stub your toe badly. The result of this simple thing can be to see you collapsed in a flood of tears for ages and ages. Now, turn it around to this scenario: You have just discovered and had it confirmed that you have won the lottery. Not necessarily the big time, but a couple of hundred grand. You then stub your toes twice as hard and twice as painfully. You jump about and swear a bit amongst giggles, even laughter and joy at your good fortune.
    Now I fully realise that opiates are no fun. I have a decade+ of living with them, but I am in serious doubts about the claims of how good cannabis can be purely because of it allegedly working on this part of the brain that seems to control how much you care about your pain levels which you’re experiencing.
    Don’t get me wrong, if it helps – GENUINELY helps – you manage your pain and allows a better quality of life, then go for it. But for me, I shall carry on with my patches (Only 1 increase in strength after about 4 or 5 months of use and then staying at that strength for 10 years so far). They don’t kill all the pain, but then they reduce it enough to make more day bearable than not.

    • Andy, Be careful w/ long term buprenorphine. It’s a 10 times better than full against opiates, but there is still hormonal, immune and other side effects. It’s especially wonderful there is no tolerance though, but it’s still poison!! I was on oxycontion and morphine, oxymorphone, etc… for seven years. I got on buprenorphine (Subutex oral) a couple years ago, and am now trying to make the jump to MMJ. So far, so good! i have tapered down to scraps of Subutex. I hope to make the jump in a week or so.

      Subutex left me with no emotions, no desire, no motivation, to sex drive, no any drive!!!

    • R Michael Comstock

      Andy: I was on morphine sulfate for years with many undesired effects that I did not get with MJ, but my conditioned worsened recently so they decide to switch me to fentanyl patch and within 6 months my thyroid gave out and my liver is not functioning properly making me feel like I have been poisoned. so do be careful on patches they may eventually harm you.

  • Joe R

    Can anyone please let me know who I can speak with about my marijuana allergic reaction? Or atleast that’s what I think it is. I was an avid smoker from 21-26 when something suddenly changed and I started having chest pains, and headaches,a nd my throat would start feeling tight. Now for someone who really has chronic pain, marijuana was my pre-prozac, my pain killer. Only to have this happen. I am 43 now and haven’t smoked in years, instaed I take a heavy narcotic for my pain. I would love to find out if I am truly allergic. Does anyone have any suggestions for me. I truly miss the great pleasure it brought me, and the pain it took away.

    • chaz

      I would have a guess that you where experiencing mild panic attacks at least by the few symptoms that you described if you havnt had any further symptoms since you’ve stopped smoking weed you’ve nothing to worry about cannabis can give people panic attacks if they get too stoned I don’t know if you are in the usa or not but generally in America they smoke the weed in joints straight with no tobacco so its obviously a lot stronger smoking it that way in the uk and most European country’s we smoke it with tobacco so its a smoother smoke still strong but not over the top like usa id say to you have a couple of joints see how you go and only smoke when pain is getting too much cos the idea is to elevate the pain but not end up relying solely on the cannabis all day long every day I find it best to have only couple joints during the day and three at night last one just before bed

    • Pammy

      Sounds like you got some moldy smoke.

    • Marcus Welby! M.D.

      Astute observation, but lacking compassion… what’s your point, R u perfect, and have never, or have never made an error, mistake, or are an intentional, unrepentant sinner! You are indeed, and your soul is infinitely more serious than your stated issue, but you’ll think you have time to make an eternal miscalculation… YOU ASK GOD FOR HIS PRESENCE, AND HE MAY HAVE MERCY ON YOU, MAYBE, ASK AND SEE?! C YA!

  • lynn

    I’m a Veteran and have used both. Morphine sucks. I guess till we make the much safer better cannabis legal I’m stuck. Unless I die 1st.

  • Todd brasseaux

    I have muscular disterphy and I see a pain management doctor for my pain I take pain pills because I have to take piss test every month I do smoke after I go to the doctor for the first two days and it helps me so much better then the pain pills I sure wish they would hurry up and make medical cannabis legal in Louisiana I would not have to take them pills that are doing more bad then good with my insides

  • Josh

    This is pretty insignificant to most stories on here, but I’m 19 now with most of my wisdom teeth. While watching my older sister grow up she used to miss school and be in terrible pain sometimes when her wisodom teeth were coming through. Where as the most pain I ever felt was a tingly feeling in my jaw. I never really understood what it was till I was older and realised 1st hand the healing and pain relief properties of this plant! And this was through smoking, its hard to get oils over here in the UK, but I can’t wait till the UK clicks on with how great it is. We usally just copy america anyway haha!

  • Cecilia

    I had pain since I was a small child.. I got into pain pills and heroin… yes they worked as long as you could keep that constantly increasing supply met but life as an addict becomes hell in so many ways….a few years ago I finally got free from the narcotics but not free of the pain…A few months ago. I started taking Rick Simpson oil…It only took a couple weeks before the pain stopped. I take a little in the morning and evening. I also have renewed energy.. I thought at 68 it was just old age but it wasn’t. I feel I have been given a new life..one worth living.

  • sharni

    I am allergic to codeine and tramodol and most pain killers. Causes me itching nausea and vomiting. I took marijuana when I seriously hurt my back and it is the only thing that completely took my pain away, even for an hour. The relief was amazing. My adult kids hated me taking it so I stopped. Now i am in pain 24/7.Again. I am passionate about marijuana medicinal legalisation. I believe my kids are ignorant to the fact that it is an amazing healer and it makes me sad that i have to live in pain to please them.

    • Cecilia

      You don’t have to live in pain…and if your adult kids don’t understand right now I believe they will in time. I hope you won’t wait…I have been using Rick Simpson oil for only about 3 months.. After one month of taking it my life began to change.. I feel like a new person. My pain is gone and I have energy again. It makes life worth living. There are many sites on the subject if your children are interested in learning about the benefits of cannabis. I am a 68 yr. old great Grandma… If others disagree with anything I do, so be it.. Don’t suffer for the ignorance of you children…You say they are adults. They won’t like everything your doing anymore then you agree with all they say and do. We need to take care of ourselves and I feel that is the best example we can give our children…

  • Ness

    Always said cannabis makes the pain easier to deal with, and used in conjunction with opiates has a much more beneficial impact on pain levels than either on their own. However certain pain killers are more effective on certain pain types. I speak from more experience than I’d like when I say that cannabis is incredibly effective on bowel pain caused by spasms but that is not necessarily by impacting the pain, rather than the cause of the pain by stopping the spasms themselves. Opiates, for me personally, have a much greater effect on kidney and adhesion pain. Using cannabis however also allows me to keep the tolerance levels of morphine low and therefore less susceptible to heavy addiction.

    My personal story on the subject…
    http://www.ismokemag.co.uk/cannabis-pain-medication/

  • Jesse Thunder

    I take Percocet 10/325 and am only limited to 120 a month, but I should be getting 240 a month for taking 2 at a time. Stupid restrictions. Percocet does work wonderfully. I have the same disease as Rocky in the Mask film.

  • DanDanger

    As someone who was once addicted to heroin itself. And now using cannabis as “damage prevention” to keep me from relapsing, to keep my pain levels down, to manage my bipolar. All in one medicine. Would I ever take opiates for my pain again? No. And, no. One part is because I am flagged as an opiate/benzodiazapene abuser by the pharmacies/doctors. There is no way in Hell in me walking into any doctor’s office and asking for opiates and them prescribing them to me, without the doctor losing their license. It’s actually that serious. There is a way, that I can use cannabis though. My doctor has completely agreed that me using cannabis for all my ailments instead of medications that I clearly can, and will, become addicted to. And those same medications will definitely harm my mind and body more than a harmless plant ever could do to me in a hundred lifetimes. All it takes it proper dosages, proper strains for your ailment, knowledge on your budtender/dealer’s part, clean extracts and clean smoking accessories/vapourizing accessories. Plus government knowledge is the most important part. If the government acknowledges the fact that, yes, this stuff does help everyone and can make us rich and happy. We will all end up happy. Six plants per adult/per household would be a blessing! Everyone would be growing it, not stealing it, nor would people feel the need to buy it from the government anymore, designated growers would come back out of the woodworks and for collectives, where they could grow up 90something plants. Life would be completely different. We would all see the good in everyone. Everyone!

  • Paul Pot

    Yes, cannabis helps take your mind off pain and opiates do help to actually relieve pain and rest through it. But I believe not all pain is relieved by opiates. Cannabis is very complimentry to opiates and can help reduce the amount of the drug needed for similar effect for whatever desired purpose.

  • That 6% statistic is a gross overestimate, which also includes those who purposefully acquired opioids to abuse them (pill mill patients) and pain patients who were cut off from their legitimate prescriptions by pharmacies like Walgreens & states like Florida.

    If you look only at the CP/IP patients who take their medications as prescribed, addiction only occurs in 0.05-0.3% of patients.

  • Sativex (natural cannabis with plenty of THC & CBD as a transmucosal oral spray-similar to a cannabis tincture) will be a great leap forward for pain patients and other medical cannabis users alike. Aside from being legal and covered by insurance, it will be easily measured.

  • Why is it always cannabis OR opioids?

    They work wonders together and cannabis doesn’t help everyone.

    We don’t need more bashing of opioids in the name of advancing cannabis. All opioid side effects wear off over time (except constipation, which is readily managed with Miralax OTC),it’s a function of tolerance.

    Also, (a side note) while THC is helpful, it is important to remember that THC alone is almost worthless for pain relief (otherwise, my Marinol/dronabinol (CIII) would help). High THC is fine, as long as CBD isn’t sacrificed. Also, oral consumption causes rapid, extensive first pass metabolism, which modifies the THC (one of the issues with Marinol/dronabinol when taken as directed).

    I think that the most important thing to remember is that CP/IP (chronic/intractable pain) patients are NOT one size fits all.

    • Haskel

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    • As a chronic neuropathy and glaucoma sufferer, I Know that cannabis smoking is the safest, fastest, easiest method of pain relief. Cesamet/Nabilone I’m on helps, but is slow…definitely need the CBDs for maximum effectiveness.HR499 End Federal Prohibition Now!!

  • I have used anything and everything I could get. From my observations and many others from GreenCross NZ is that the prescribed drugs from the doctors are not worth having even if they are free. Cannabis smoked eaten raw and cooked is good home made opium paste works really well.

  • kathy marriott

    I have Celiac Disease (no wheat, rye, and barley)…gluten free only. Problem with that is extreme contamination occurs if touched by any of these grains…extreme bloating with intense pain. Nothing helped with the pain or bloating, but after using Cannabis it relieves the bloating instantly, and the pain diminishes right away… Wait… this is starting to sound like a commercial…Anyway… It also helps with my PTSD and other issue I have to deal with. My doctors have prescribed a lot of powerful drugs for me over the years, 8-10 different ones, I’m surprised I haven’t become a pill junkie by now, my mother not so fortunate (RIP). It’s ridicules how much money the drug companies have made off of the people. If I was making that much money I wouldn’t want cannsbis legal either it would take away from my profits. When you finally find something that helps with your suffering, without all the side affects, you want to pursue that and make it a reality. That’s what I’m about…making cannabis a reality, for me and so many other people who are suffering… Peace !

  • Traci

    It also helps for depression and anxiety. Keeps you mire relaxed then jumpy

    • Shicokoto

      It make me feel like equal with other pple

  • meme

    I totally agree here. At the end of 2008 I had a horrific knee injury which shredded every ligament. & tendon in my left knee. My knee hyperextended to a 90 degree angle. Hamstring muscle was used to reconstruct all that shredded tissues along with 3 screws and other metal in my knee.
    For years now I’ve used different prescription pain pills from oxy to tramadol and once I started using cannabis oil, my pain is so much less and I don’t deal with the side effects of the drugs. The side effect from cannabis is a plus & very much enjoyed.
    On another note , over the last 4 months , I have made the oil for a cousin who was stage 4 bladder cancer after 4 surgeries & chemo several times within a years time. He is now cancer free after dosing at least 60 gms of oil over a 90 day period.

  • melody mokwa

    I’ve just had hip replacement surgery, and have my oxycontin precription, and am a 57 yr old woman. I’m also a lifelong cannabis user, self-medicating for PTSD. I begged the Ortho Dr. not to give me much detail about what was going to happen, somehow knowing that would MAE IT WORSE. It’s true, the oxycontin’s effects are just like the article describes, and I have stopped taking the meds. I have 42 staples quite a long incision, most of my days for the rest of these two weeks will be spent on my back, leg in the air at the mercy of a husband and son (they do take care), waiting for the day the staples come out, yeah. You better believe only MaryJane is your friend. Emotionally, my worst days were the two I didn’t have her and have to admit to some self-indulgent crying. But I get by with a little help from my friends.

  • Corey Williams

    I love it

  • Jon

    I was prescribed opiates, time release morphine and oxycontin, after a spinal fusion. I was miserable, couldn’t hold the pills down, and was worried about overdose if I took another to replace what I just rejected. I knew I had gotten enough to make me sick, but did I get enough to not be in pain until time for the next one. I had a trail between the bedroom and bathroom and that was it. I tried cannabis brownies after a couple weeks like that and it not only allowed me to keep the pills down, I began weaning off right then and never refilled either of them. I have been pill free, productive, and as active as my back allows with the help of cannabis, only cannabis, for the last three years, and that is also as I feel my back slowly getting worse. Now, mind you, I was anti-cannabis for most of my life and this really challenged my DARE indoctrination that I believed for so long. My honest opinion now, cannabis prohibition has been a crime against humanity! It is the most natural and wholesome of things and Our government’s war against it is wrong, costly, and disgusting. I just balk at the notion of asking the governments permission through taxation, when I see nothing that authorizes them to control what I consume for food, medicine, or sacrament. Cannabis needs Liberated!

  • Shicokoto

    Marijuana

  • Karen Cain

    I would like to help ohio pass the bill or change the palitcal BS to legal marijuana for medical purpose.

  • Perry Enfield

    I’ve smoked now for about 38 years and the back pain I get is so harsh without pot I would be able to handle it it don’t get rid of it all it just relaxes the pain my back problems consist of doing a 130 foot drop off a cliff in a ninteen eighty pinto and landed upside on boulders the doctors told me I wouldn’t ever work again but with pot it allows me to work

  • saw this first hand when my Dad had lung cancer. He was on prescription opiates for pain but still had bad pain in his back lymph node that opiates did nothing to stop. We rubbed cannabis butter onto that spot and the pain would disappear so he could go about comfortably.