According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL until the June, 29 states of the USA (and Washington D.C) have legalized marijuana for medicinal use. This is a possibility for millions of people who suffer from chronic pain to have access to a new way of relieving their suffering.
The studies conducted to examine the effects of marijuana have already shown that inhaling it can relieve chronic nerve pain.
The medical marijuana can be used in forms of capsules and oils. Those medications are prescribed for the cancer patients to ease nausea, anxiety, arthritis, insomnia, inflammation, multiple sclerosis, migraines, epilepsy and others.
The cannabis is useful because cannabinoids in the marijuana create reactions in the body that help block pain receptors.
As a side effect that occurs when patients take Cannabis in capsule form is that, the body metabolizes 90% of this medication in the liver before it can reach other areas of the body. This is a big concern of doctors, so they recommend gums, which could make it easier to distribute the pain-relieving properties without mind-altering side effects.
But the cannabis gum could deliver lower doses of the cannabis to patients and this would allow patients to get the pain relief with fewer side effects.
According to a study published in a 2008 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association, there can be a link between people who smoked marijuana and patients with gum disease. This study showed that the individuals who regularly smoked marijuana were 60% more at risk to have gum disease, even is still unclear what effect chewing it would have on gums and teeth.
Cannabis gum can be already found in some markets, but it’s unclear how effective the treatment is yet.