Can Medical Marijuana Be Used to Treat Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is estimated to affect 25% to 30% of Americans, making it a prominent cause of chronic pain. Unfortunately, conventional neuropathy treatments including painkillers, anti-seizure medications, and antidepressants often fail to provide relief.

As a result, many people are turning to medical marijuana, which has been proven through clinical studies to offer relief from neuropathy symptoms. Below, we’ll discuss neuropathy and how it can be successfully managed with medical cannabis. 

Understanding Neuropathy

Neuropathy is a condition that occurs when one or more nerves become damaged. This typically results in tingling, numbness, pain, and muscle weakness. 

You may hear neuropathy referred to as “peripheral neuropathy”. This is because neuropathy affects the peripheral nervous system, which includes the nerves that extend from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).

Diabetes is the top cause of neuropathy in the United States. However, this condition can also be caused by autoimmune disorders, kidney disorders, liver disorders, hypothyroidism, certain infections, physical trauma, vascular disorders, genetic disorders, certain medications, and toxic substances. 

Medical Marijuana For Neuropathy

The main cannabinoids in medical marijuana, THC and CBD, interact with cannabinoid receptors in the body. As a result, THC and CBD help regulate various neurotransmitters, which impacts the brain’s reward system. 

Medical marijuana’s effect on the central and peripheral system can provide many benefits to patients with neuropathy, namely:

  • Reduced pain, numbness, and tingling
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Improved overall function 

According to a review published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, clinical studies have found cannabis to provide pain reduction, better sleep, and improved function for peripheral neuropathy patients. Additionally, a study in CMAJ notes that cannabis can produce moderate analgesic (painkilling) effects in patients with neuropathic pain.

If you struggle with peripheral neuropathy, schedule an appointment at Tetra Holistic Care to discover if medical marijuana could help you overcome chronic pain and other symptoms.