Doctors say that cannabis-based medication including THC should be prescribed instead of opioids to elder people suffering from pain. This week the telegraph published an article which you can find here.
Medical experts say that eldery people who suffer with pain such as back and joint injuries should be prescribed cannabis instead of conventional painkillers. Recent polls have indicated that over 75% of people over the age of 55 would consider taking it.
Additionally Draft Guidance that was published last month by the National Instutue for Health Care Excellence (NICE) recommended that prescription guidelines for patients with chronic pain will soon move away from drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen and other opiod medications such as codeine.
Doctors have suggested that patients who struggle with back pain could see a benefit from using cannabis oil. Cannabis oil was legalised for certain conditions in November 2018 and, while medical cannabis is not available on the NHS, some private clinics prescribe it once other medication has failed to work.
Open cannabis is an organisation that works to share accurate information and data about cannabis medications with both public and healthcare professionals in order to initiate debate about the positive impact cannabis medications can have on people lives. They work to educate people on the wider options that are available to them.
The reduced stigma of cannabis
As a CBD brand we are always working to reduce the stigma of cannabis. For years it has been associated with violence and illegal activity and has not been viewed as a medication. However, in recent years the perception is gradually changing with adults taking a different stance on cannabis and the prospective benefits.
There are several factors contributing to the change of personation and increase in popularity among the elderly population. One being that people are starting to believe that it can be a genuine mediation for certain ailments. One Study recently undertaken in the US shows that the cannabis use amongst adults over 65 has increased from 2.4% to 4.8% from 2015 to 2018.
More research is yet to be carried out in the UK before the NHS will even consider prescribing cannabis on a large scale. The publics perception of cannabis is vital to enable this change as it requires pressure on the movement to act and assist doctors. The wider purpose will enable NHS to prescribe cannabis medicines to patients whose daily lives could be dramatically improved.
How Does Cannabis Relieve different types of pain?
There are three different types of pain.
- Nociceptive pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Central pain – there is still much debate into this kind of pain, Fibromyalgia is a common example of Central pain
Pain is caused by the coordinated activation of brain cells. It is specific brain regions that lead to the sensation of pain and the strength of pain signals can be modulated. Due to this there are examples of having a physical injury but feeling pain free, as well as vice versa.
The Future of Medical Cannabis in the UK
Despite cannabis being legalised in 2018, it is still extremely difficult for a patient to obtain a medical cannabis prescription in the UK. Currently medical cannabis is only available on the NHS for children and adults with severe forms of epilepsy.
Although it is available via private clinics, the eligibility and cost makes it difficult to get hold of medical cannabis. It has made it simple unaffordable to the vast amount of the population, especially those who suffer with chronic pain as their condition can often mean unemployment .
It is clear that pain management is the largest treatment area that cannabis could address. A trial in the efficacy of medical cannabis to treat chronic pain could revolutionise the treatment options available to people who suffer from chronic pain. It could enable these people to continue a normal life and ensures their condition is not debilitating.
At Drops of Heal, we believe cannabis has the potential to improve peoples of peoples lives, enhance chronic pain sufferers’ daily lives and allow people to stay in employment for longer.