Chronic Pain and a series of other conditions are pending approval as qualifying conditions by the NJ Department of Health Commissioner no later than April 2018. Chronic pain differs from the acute pain felt during or shortly after an injury. Physicians typically define chronic pain as pain that lasts three to six months or reoccurs after this time period. Chronic pain can occur after an injury or surgery, or it is commonly linked to issues such as back problems, migraines, arthritis, nerve damage, infections or fibromyalgia.
Chronic pain can have negative effects on a patients’ daily life and their mental health. Patients who experience chronic pain may experience anger, depression, anxiousness and frustration as a result of their condition.
Cannabis has proved helpful in treating patients chronic pain in multiple studies, and it is considered by many as a healthier and safer alternative to opioid pain medications. A study of nearly 3,000 medical cannabis patients found 97 percent “strongly agreed/agreed” that they are able to decrease the amount of opiates they consume when they use cannabis, and that 81 percent “strongly agreed/agreed” that taking cannabis by itself was more effective at treating their condition than taking cannabis with opioid pain medication.