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Chronic pain versus acute pain
Acute pain and chronic pain range in severity and intensity, sharing some similarities and some differences. For example, acute pain oftentimes arises suddenly as a result of something specific. Usually, this type of pain is sharp, but on average, it doesn’t stick around longer than six months or so.
There are several causes of acute pain, with some of the most common ones including surgery, burns or cuts, broken bones, labour and childbirth, and even dental work.
Chronic pain is a different story and, unfortunately, is often ongoing and lasting longer than six months. Even after an illness or injury that caused the initial pain goes away or has healed, this type of pain can persist.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, chronic pain is linked to numerous medical diseases and conditions, including cancer, arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia and back and nerve issues. However, it’s possible to experience chronic pain even if there has been no prior injury, illness or damage to the body.
The ongoing relationship between cannabinoids and pain
According to one report, it was revealed that cannabinoids are effective and safe when treating neuropathic pain, and additional evidence points to cannabinoids being potentially used as analgesics for helping treat this type of pain. Neuropathic pain is unique because it can be acute or it can become chronic, and, thus far, research has shown cannabis to provide clinically significant analgesia.
Written by Angela Stelmakowich.
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