Cannabis Science announced the cannabis skin patches for pain last year in November. According to the representatives, these patches will be more effective than cannabis – based pills, injections or topical creams due to the more accurate dosing.
At this moment these patches are not yet available and there is no official date for their release. However, if the research and development progress goes as expected, the cannabis skin patches are very promising for the treatment of complicated chronic pain including diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia.
Does Cannabis Work for Treating Pain?
The most common natural plant cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) are: THC, cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabinol (CBN). While the majority of research and public attention has been aimed at THC, the new skin patch development uses the CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol.
Research shows that CBD has several beneficial properties, including :
- analgesic (pain relief)
- greater antioxidant activity than vitamins C or E
CBD is a non-euphoriant, and some research actually suggests that this particular cannabinoid reduces the effect of the other euphoriant cannabinoids, lessening their psychoactive effects including panic, anxiety, intoxication, and heart palpitations. In short, taking isolated CBD will not alter your state of mind like smoking or consuming marijuana would.
Cannabis Science CEO, Raymond Dabney states that they are focused on developing new pharmaceutical cannabis formulations. Thanks to a growing body of research exploring the medical uses of cannabis, and a cultural openness to medical marijuana use, the cannabis skin patch may soon be a real option available to those suffering from painful conditions like diabetic nerve damage and fibromyalgia.
Diabetic Neuropathy and Cannabis
Diabetic neuropathy is a group of nerve disorders associated with diabetes. While nerve damage can start at any point for those with diabetes, people who have had diabetes for 25 years or more or who have difficulty managing their blood sugar or blood pressure levels, have the highest risk.
Since nerve damage can occur in every organ system, symptoms can be varied. Some people with nerve damage won’t experience any noticeable symptoms at all. The 4 main types of diabetic nerve damage come with their own unique set of symptoms:
How Is Diabetic Nerve Damage Treated?
Traditionally, doctors will prescribe patients with diabetic nerve damage painkillers, anticonvulsants or antidepressants such as oxycodone, Ultram, amitriptyline, Cymbalta, or Lyrica. Additionally, they will work with the patient to help keep blood sugar levels balanced.
If Cannabis Science’s skin patch go through clinical trials and be approved by the FDA, it would provide a more natural and effective way to manage pain from diabetic nerve damage without risk of addiction (a massive problem with opioid prescriptions).
Fibromyalgia and Cannabis
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic condition often grouped together with arthritis, although it is not an arthritic condition. Women are mostly affected by fibromyalgia. According to a 2008 report about 5 million adult Americans suffer from fibromyalgia People who suffer from fibromyalgia experience chronic non-localized pain, tenderness, and intense fatigue. Sometimes, fibromyalgia is accompanied by other symptoms including :
- brain fog
- restless leg syndrome
- painful menstrual cramps
- irritable bowel syndrome
- morning stiffness
How is Fibromyalgia Treated?
Fibromyalgia is complicated for treating. This is due to the fact that many medical providers are not familiar with fibromyalgia or its various treatments.3 drugs are approved by The FDA : Milnacipran, Pregabalin and Duloxetine.
The Cannabis Science skin patch might be a promising treatment option for many fibromyalgia patients, especially those for whom the 3 current drugs don’t have an effect. It would also give a safer solution than the current drugs which have many side effects and risks.
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