Chronic pain and Cannabis

Chronic pain is pain that lasts a long time. It is widely accepted that pain lasting more than six months is classified as being chronic. Chronic Pain Syndrome.
Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA
Manish K Singh, MD Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Teaching Faculty for Pain Management and Neurology Residency Program, Hahnemann University Hospital, Drexel College of Medicine; Medical Director, Neurology and Pain Management, Jersey Institute of Neuroscience.

It has been shown that Low-dose vaporized cannabis significantly improves neuropathic pain. Low-dose vaporized cannabis significantly improves neuropathic pain.
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Neuropathic pain is one of the most difficult medical conditions to treat and although the primary goal is to alleviate pain, many clinicians now recognise that the most appropriate therapeutic goal may be to reduce pain to a more tolerable level. Clinical Practice: Neuropathic Pain [online].
Hall, Anthony.
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Availability: ISSN: 0311-8002.
[cited 07 Aug 15].

Most recently, Researchers in Canada have shown that chronic pain patients who medicate with cannabis are at no more risk of an adverse event than patients who did not medicate with cannabis. Cannabis for the Management of Pain: Assessment of Safety Study (COMPASS) [online].
Mark A. Ware, MBBS MRCP MSc, Tongtong Wang, BMed PhD, Stan Shapiro, PhD, Jean-Paul Collet, MD PhD for the COMPASS study team( Aline Boulanger, MD, John M. Esdaile, MD, Allan Gordon, MD, Mary Lynch, MD, Dwight E. Moulin, MD, Colleen O’Connell, MD)
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Further reading

MedScape: Neuropathic Pain Diagnosis and Treatment

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