A lot of people are still opposed to the idea of taking cannabis because they have been made to believe that it is bad for their health and its only purpose is to make them high. As research has proven over the years, this is very fallacious. People, who suffer from various medical conditions including chronic pain, are benefiting greatly from the use of marijuana.
Chronic pain affects millions of people all over the world. From the young to old, male to female, ordinary people to celebrities, anybody can suffer from chronic pain. On this article, we will try to understand what chronic pain is, top personalities who suffer from it, and how cannabis has helped them.
Chronic pain explained
Chronic pain is any pain that persists for more than 3 months or 12 weeks. It is usually explained as pain which does not lessen as anticipated after an injury or illness. At times, it can limit a patient’s movement and largely affect their normal daily life, causing despair and disability. Chronic pain can be as a result of:
- Cancer pain
- Injuries from accidents, broken bones
- Joint pain and arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, and
- Nerve damage and neuropathy
- Psychogenic pain, with no apparent physical cause
- Endometriosis in women
Chronic pain is diagnosed based on an individual’s medical history, symptoms, physical examination and any likely causes of the pain. Sometimes, a physician may do tests for the purposes of diagnosis and to rule out likely causes.
Chronic pain is not easily cured. However, the sole goal of treating chronic pain is to reduce pain and improve a patient’s ability to function. This is where cannabis comes in. Multiple studies have proven that cannabinoids, a component found in the cannabis plant, is an effective remedy for chronic pain.
Who suffers from chronic pain?
According to a study conducted by The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, millions of Americans experience chronic pain. Actually, it affects more American citizens than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. This is a quite frightening statistic.
The four most prevalent forms of chronic pain are a severe headache or migraine pain, lower back pain, facial pain and neck pain. It is interesting to know that, when compared to men, females have a higher likelihood of experiencing severe headaches and migraines, as well as facial pain.
Age does not play a key part. However, individuals between 18-44 years of age are less prone to lower back pain, compared to those who are 45 years an above. That said, chronic pain can happen at any time and for various reasons, such as injury or illness.
If chronic pain can affect anybody, then obviously, there are a few top personalities who are suffering from it. Here is a list of well-known celebrities who have been affected and how cannabis has helped them.
Patrick Stewart, better known as to some as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Professor X, uses marijuana spray to relieve pain in his hands. He also claimed that marijuana helps him sleep by easing pain and by reducing the stiffness in his hands.
“Don’t give up the Ganja”, that what Morgan Freeman infamously said back in 2003. Therefore it is not a new thing that he openly supports the use of marijuana. After a serious accident which resulted in nerve damage in his hands, Freeman was unfortunately diagnosed with fibromyalgia. He suffered chronic pain, for which he found cannabis to be quite successful in alleviating pain.
Lady Gaga has been vocal about using cannabis, not only for the purposes of music inspiration but also for relieving pain after going through a hip surgery in 213.
Not a long time ago, Kathy Bates, a director, and an actress told the New York Times about her marijuana use since 2012 when she confirmed that she was suffering from breast cancer. She was given a cannabis prescription to help her with chronic pain linked to her breast cancer and has acknowledged it to be an exceptional pain reliever.
Whoopi has used marijuana for many years to treat her stress, glaucoma, and pain. She has openly spoken out many times, clarifying how cannabis has helped her cope with her condition. Cannabis has allowed her to have a happy life, a life that is free from pain associated with glaucoma.
As we have observed, more and more top personalities seem to be turning to cannabis to help treat painful conditions. You too, do not suffer in silence while marijuana has demonstrated to be an affordable and natural remedy for chronic pain.
With that said, it is crucial to note that, you should never overlook your current treatment plan unless have talked to your doctor.