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07-03 Marijuana users experience more pain; require more painkillers after an injury

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Marijuana users experience more pain; require more painkillers after an injury

Marijuana consumers complain of higher levels of pain after a traumatic injury like a car crash, and require higher doses of opioids than patients who do not take marijuana, claimed a recent study published in the Journal Patient Safety in Surgery.

The researchers said the study was is in the preliminary stage and required further analysis to confirm the findings. Once the outcomes are confirmed, the study can play a major role in managing pain in marijuana users. They emphasized that people who take marijuana for managing their pain need special care for managing the dosage and frequency of painkillers and narcotics compared to people who do not use cannabis.

Link between marijuana and pain

The scientists studied that the trauma patients who were previously treated in Colorado, took marijuana regularly and had poor pain management, thus requiring an excessive dose of narcotics. They monitored around 260 individuals involved in car accidents from January to April 2016 and were admitted in Texas and Colorado trauma centers.

Nearly 21 percent of the participants were tested and found positive for marijuana use. Also, 16 percent participants were found to use marijuana almost daily. Approximately 9 percent tested positive for street or prescription drugs (other than marijuana) such as barbiturates, amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine and benzodiazepines. The subjects who had not taken marijuana, but other drugs, used 7.6 milligrams of the opioid in a day during the hospital stay compared to 5.6 mgs of the dose given to patients without the use of marijuana and other drugs.

Furthermore, when interviewed to rate the pain on a scale of zero to 10, it was concluded that people who took marijuana reported a daily pain score of 4.9, whereas non-marijuana users reported the score of 4.2. Also, these things were less prominent in patients who took other drugs along with marijuana (zero for the lowest pain and 10 for the worst).

Harmful effects of marijuana use among teens

Smoking marijuana leads both long- and short-term mental and physical effects. The short-term effects include fluctuations in heart rate, dry mouth, impaired movement and bloodshot eyes. Excessive use of marijuana can lead to problem in lungs like infections, cough and production of phlegm. It creates a feeling of euphoria, impairs judgement, thinking, memory and problem-solving skills. Continued marijuana use is associated with mental illness like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and hallucinations.

Various factors like lack of awareness and peer influence can push teens toward cannabis use. Studies have pointed that early cannabis use can eventually lead to drug use during adulthood. Therefore, addressing these risk factors in drug prevention programs is important, as these can help in effectively curbing the problem suffered by teens. Parents should be extra careful in handling teens and their problems in order to prevent them from swaying toward the vices of life like addiction to substances like cannabis.

Sovereign Health is a leading teen rehab facility of Rancho San Diego that provides age-sensitive care to adolescents or teenagers for mental disorders, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis. Our teen marijuana addiction treatment program combines detox with behavioral therapies and experiential treatment options. If you, or your loved one, is suffering from addiction or mental illness, contact Sovereign Health. To learn more about our teen marijuana addiction treatment for teens, call our 24/7 helpline and speak to our admission specialists. You can even chat online with our representatives for further assistance.

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