Cannabis has taking its place in modern medicine as an efficient pain killer, and regarding its use there has been a new development in creating skin pain relief cannabis patches. The representatives of Cannabis Science, a California-based biotech company, maintain that these skin patches will be more effective than cannabis-based creams, pills or topical injections due to the accuracy of its dosage.
However, there is still no official day when Cannabis Science will release these skin patches, and when the clinical trials will be proceeded. This is only a matter of time when these patches will be officially confirmed for use, the good news is the development of these patches which will be extremely helpful in alleviating pain caused by various chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy.
There are still hesitations in the world regarding the positive effects of cannabis, but according to Raymond Dabney, Executive Director of Cannabis Science:
“As more and more countries legislate to legalize cannabis and cannabis-based medicines, Cannabis Science is focused on developing formulations and pharmaceutical applications to meet the growing demand expected over the next few years.”
How can cannabis soothe pain?
For medical purposes it is used only one natural plant cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids). But here it is of what is cannabis consisted of: THC, cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC) and cannabinol (CBN). Most researchers focus on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but the new skin patches uses CBD, also known as cannabidiol. Contrary to THC, CBD is a non-euphoric, and according to research this cannabinoid lowers the effect of other euphoric cannabinoids. Namely, it subdues the psychoactive effects of the other cannabinoids components triggering anxiety, panic, intoxication and heart palpitations. Hence, we can conclude that taking isolated CBD will not influence your state of mind like smoking marijuana would do.
According to conducted research here it is what CBD can offer:
- Neuro-protective, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
- More powerful antioxidant effect than the ones of vitamins C or E.
This is a great breakthrough for patients who suffer from painful conditions like nerve damage as a result of diabetes and fibromyalgia.This skin patch based on cannabis can be a remarkable remedy for these patients and people should be more open-minded regarding the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Here it is what cannabis can do regarding these diseases:
- Nerve damage as a result of diabetes
When a diabetic gets affected by this condition he or she is commonly prescribed with medications like Oxycodone, Tramadol and Amitriptyline. These drugs help the patient to keep a balanced blood glucose level. However, let us not forget that these drugs are based on chemicals which can be very harmful.
On the other hand, there is the natural alternative developed by Cannabis Science. If the skin patch was clinically tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), its use will naturally soothe the pain caused by nerve damage from diseases like diabetes without posing a risk of any addiction which has become a major issue with opioid prescribing drugs.
- Diabetic neuropathy
It is a nerve disorder linked to diabetes, and mostly are being affected diabetics who have been struggling with this disease for over 25 years. However, there is also a chance this disorder to develop in any year during this illness. Nerve damage can happen to any organ in the body and the symptoms of this damage can be different. Moreover, some patients do not even report any noticeable symptoms.
Fibromyalgia is not an arthritic condition even though it is commonly related to arthritis. This chronic condition most commonly affects the female gender that experience intense fatigue, non-localized chronic pain, and painful tenderness.
Some Symptoms of Fibromyalgia:
- Brain fog
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Morning stiffness
- Restless legs syndrome
- Painful menstrual cramps
This condition is really difficult to treat as many medical providers are not familiar with fibromyalgia or its various treatments including the administrated drugs. Have in mind the fact that Cymbalta, Lyrica and Milnacipran have been refused by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), even though they have a marketing authorization. These drugs are only available to Americans and Canadians, and that can make you question certain things.
For that reason, the skin patch developed by Cannabis Science could be a beneficial treatment for many patients struggling from fibromyalgia. Moreover, it is natural solution with fewer side effects which is not the case with the available drugs.