Medical Marijuana For Peripheral Neuropathy Patients In Arkansas
Does Peripheral Neuropathy Quality for Medical Marijuana in Arkansas?
With the passing of the Arkansas medical marijuana law on November 8, 2016, many patients gained legal access to the therapeutic properties of legal cannabis. One of the approved medical conditions for medical marijuana is peripheral neuropathy, a painful condition that millions of Americans live with. Based on an estimated 2.4% of the general population experiencing peripheral neuropathy, there are roughly 62,000 peripheral neuropathy patients in the state or Arkansas.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that can have a devastating impact on the quality of life of those impacted. The chronic pain and hindered motor function can lead to trouble sleeping, working, and enjoying everyday life. Unfortunately, conventional treatment for neuropathy is lacking, with many patients not responding to these therapies or experiencing adverse effects. This has left millions of people to suffer every day with neuropathic pain and other symptoms.
Medical cannabis is proving to be a promising therapy for reducing pain, improving sleep, and enhancing overall function in those with peripheral neuropathy. Medical marijuana is typically suggested for those who have responded poorly to standard medications and treatments.
Cannabis sativa is believed to help with neuropathic pain primarily through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). In humans, the ECS plays a role in the development, homeostasis, and health of the central nervous system. Additionally, it’s involved in our perception of pain.
Medical marijuana contains tens of cannabinoids, whose unique structure allows them to interact with the ECS via many direct and indirect pathways. The two primary cannabinoids found in cannabis are CBD and THC. These and other cannabinoids may reduce pain through their modification of cellular events that take place in the ECS, including their anti-inflammatory properties.
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What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is caused from a damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves). This often causes feelings of weakness and numbness and pain usually in the hands and feet, although it can affect other parts of the body. The peripheral nervous system is in charge of transmitting information from your central nervous system to the rest of the body in addition to transmitting sensory information and feedback to the central nervous system.
Patients with neuropathy generally describe symptoms of stabbing, burning or tingling pain. Peripheral neuropathy can stem from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited (genetic) causes and exposure to toxins.
Peripheral neuropathy can affect one nerve (mononeuropathy), two or more nerves (multiple mononeuropathy) or many nerves (polyneuropathy). Most patients with peripheral neuropathy suffer from polyneuropathy symptoms.