Tag Archives: Chronic pain

Can Medical Marijuana Save America?

The Economic Case for Medical Marijuana What does medical marijuana have to do with America’s economic future, you ask? More than you might think – if we can ever get beyond the obligatory bong jokes and adolescent snickering (seriously, most of the top YouTube videos about medical marijuana are heavy on the “marijuana” and really […]

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Medical Marijuana and Pain Reconciliation

Medical Marijuana Musings – It’s Painfully Clear Medical marijuana remains controversial despite its well-documented safety and efficacy for a broad range of medical conditions. The focus here, however, is the powerful role it could play in managing one of our most intractable healthcare problems – chronic pain that affects an estimated one-third of Americans. The […]

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Medical Marijuana vs. Prescription Opioids – Misplaced Perceptions and Priorities

Medical Marijuana, Opioids and a Deeply Confused PublicĀ  Medical marijuana is mostly prescribed for pain in the 18 states and District of Columbia that allow it. Yet it continues to provoke adolescent snickers and inevitable bong jokes. And addiction to opioid painkillers is anchored in concern about its abuse leading to addiction. Common to both […]

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Understanding Chronic Pain & How Best to Manage It

Hint: Painkillers Kill More Than Pain A recent article on pain drugs in The Wall Street JournalĀ (“Journal”) read like an expose of medical misinformation from pain specialists at America’s leading medical centers. It had all the makings of a medical soap opera… A repentant physician advocate for broader prescribing of opioid painkillers – primarily Vicodin, […]

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