More than half of people using medical cannabis for pain experience withdrawal symptoms


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In stark contrast Exaggerated fear Most people these days, painted in the last few decades I think cannabis is relatively harmless.. Weeds are certainly less dangerous than some other drugs, but they are not without risk.

In a study published on January 5, my colleagues and I found that 59 percent of people using medical cannabis for chronic pain experienced it. Moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms If they stop weeding for hours or days.

Most states in the United States have legalized cannabis for medical purposes, and 15 states have legalized cannabis for recreational purposes. More people are using cannabis, Especially the elderly, And that Perceived harm from the use of weeds is steadily diminishing..Many people report therapeutic benefits and enjoy the recreational use of cannabis, but it is important for people to understand cannabis. Potential risks of cannabis use that too.

What does a cannabis withdrawal look like?

Cannabis withdrawal symptoms can include both physical and psychological experiences that appear when someone appears Come down from a high place or go for a certain period without using..

When people use cannabis regularly (such as daily or almost daily), parts of their brain become dependent on cannabinoids. Cannabis psychotropic drug.. Cannabinoids are naturally produced in the body, but at levels far below those available in most cannabis products. Among those who do not use weeds for hours or days, cannabinoid levels are reduced, Experience withdrawal symptoms.. These include irritability, depression, loss of appetite, sleep disorders, desire or thirst for cannabis, restlessness, anxiety, increased aggression, headache, tremors, nausea, increased anger, strange dreams. Includes stomach pain and sweating.

Cannabis withdrawal symptoms usually disappear within a week or two after you stop using it as a body Adjust back to its own natural production of cannabinoids.. Unlike withdrawal from some psychotropic drugs such as alcohol, cannabis withdrawal is not life-threatening or medically dangerous. But it does exist. Cannabis withdrawal can also be very unpleasant, and people will continue to use cannabis, even if they want to reduce it, just to avoid experiencing withdrawal.

The man inhales marijuana smoke from the glass bon in the room with others around him.

The man inhales marijuana smoke from the glass bon in the room with others around him.

How common are withdrawal symptoms?

Over the course of two years, my colleagues and I repeatedly surveyed 527 people using medical weeds for chronic pain to understand how common withdrawal symptoms are.59% of people using medical cannabis for chronic pain Had moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms.. The most common symptoms were sleep disorders, irritability and anxiety.

We also found that cannabis withdrawal symptoms are more severe in young people, those with mental illness, those who have used cannabis for a long time, and those who have used it more often or in heavy doses. In addition, smoking cannabis rather than eating or applying it topically was found to correlate with worsening withdrawal symptoms.

Our team also looked at how people’s withdrawal symptoms changed over time. Most people continued to experience the same severity of withdrawal symptoms whenever they stopped taking cannabis for the two years of the study, but about 10%, especially young people, worsened over time. As with most addiction-forming substances, reducing the frequency or amount of cannabis use can help alleviate these symptoms.

Our study examined people who use medical cannabis solely for pain.However, in another recent meta-analysis involving both recreational and medical use, researchers found that: 47% of frequent cannabis users experience withdrawal..

Cannabis may not be the devil’s medicine from “Reefer Madness” But that’s no wonder. A plant with endless strengths and weaknesses.As a use of cannabis Increased nationwideIt is important to understand that regular use by people can lead to withdrawal symptoms and to know what those symptoms are.

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This article will be republished from conversation, A non-profit news site aimed at sharing ideas from academic experts. It was written by: Lara Cofflin, University of Michigan..

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Lara Coughlin is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.