The global market for pain relief drugs is currently US$60 billion, and will grow to more than $80 billion by 2024, according to Transparency Market Research. This category of pharmaceuticals includes opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), anesthetics, analgesics and anti-depressants—treatments with side effects that can offset their therapeutic efficacy. It is no wonder conventional medicine is starting to experiment with non-drug therapies derived from foods and plants that have been safely consumed by humans for thousands of years.
Cannabis is one plant that has tremendous potential to impact people’s lives. A rapidly growing number of people, including experts with medical training, have observed the ability of cannabis to support health, and provide nutritional support for issues relating to pain and inflammation. Cannabis, whether classified as marijuana or industrial hemp, along with their various forms of derived products, are increasingly being used and recognized as effective front-line treatments for a range of health issues rooted in pain and inflammation.
Many thousands of anecdotal reports, and even a few clinical trials, exist to support the efficacy of high-quality cannabis products, and with far fewer side effects than the pain drugs typically prescribed. A National Academies of Sciences Institutes of Medicine (IOM) analysis—titled “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids:
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