Neuropathy

Medical Marijuana For Neuropathy

Is the pain brought on by your neuropathy becoming too much to handle and your current treatment options are becoming unresponsive? Consider exploring becoming certified to purchase through the New York State Medical Marijuana Program. Cross Valley Health & Medicine's Doctor Paul Saladino and Christian Plaza, FNP can see you in-person or virtually ti see if you qualify for medical marijuana in NY. The practice is based out of Newburgh NY, but scheduling an appointment has never been so easy; click the button below to get started today.*

medical marijuana for neuropathy

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy involves nerve damage that is a result of a wide range of medical conditions. The nerve damage also brings on weakness, pain, or numbness to different parts of the body all at one time. A common way to develop neuropathy is being treated for various cancers and the chemotherapy treatment's side effects leave the person numb. 

After some sort of treatment, injury, or diabetes encounter, symptoms may begin to develop. These symptoms include pain, tingling, loss of feeling, balance problems, muscles weakness, or decreased reflexes. It may be time to see your practitioner if these symptoms immediately follow some sort of life-changing event. 

What is the typical treatment for neuropathy? 

Nerve damage may reach a point where the symptoms become permanent, but there are treatment methods out there that may lessen the impact of the symptoms. Depending on where in the body the nerve damage exists, a practitioner will design a care plan that includes both medication and therapy to enhance the person's quality of life. 

Some treatment plans may incorporate steroids for a short period of time until a long-term plan has been developed. In the meantime, creams,  antidepressants, or opioids may be prescribed to relieve some symptoms. If the person has muscle weakness, they may be recommended to start a physical therapy routine. For more advanced cases, surgery may be recommended to relieve pressure build-up inside the body. 

How can medical marijuana help neuropathy?

Medical marijuana takes the marijuana plant's chemicals and then the plant is grown and cultivated specifically to treat a variety of medical conditions. WebMD explained that "the marijuana plant contains more than 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids. Each one has a different effect on the body. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the main chemicals used in medicine. THC also produces the same "high" people feel when they smoke marijuana or eat foods containing it." Medical marijuana comes in many different forms such as dried leaves, edibles, oils, sprays, and creams.
 
Many studies are being performed to support the claim that medical marijuana can be a safe and effective treatment method to address neuropathic pain. These studies have not proved the link as of yet, but there have been cases where chronic pain, cramps, weakness, and inflammation have been relieved. A 2020 blog article by Green Health Docs outlines different cases for those using medical marijuana. 

 

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