Is it time to consider medical marijuana for bladder and pelvic pain? It is a highly debated issue, both in the medical community and in the press. Since the state of Illinois has legalized marijuana for medical use, those actually benefiting from the program has been startlingly low. Lack of awareness, multiple forms, and other hurdles make the program difficult to join, therefore decreasing participation.
A report from the University of California San Diego shared the results of FIVE different scientific clinical trials, and concluded "cannabis can be helpful in easing pain in selected syndromes caused by injury or diseases of the nervous system and possibly for painful muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis." This news is highly interesting, and from my standpoint, after all other modalities have been tried and failed, medical cannabis should be an option for Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Pelvic pain. In addition, it has been discovered that there are cannabinoid receptors in the BLADDER! This tells us that the medicinal products found in marijuana are actually targeting the organ we need it to.
If you have tried multiple therapies and are still in pain, perhaps it is time to look at alternatives such as acupuncture, herbal therapy, and medical marijuana or cannabis for your bladder pain or interstitial cystitis. Talk with us at The Gynecology Institute of Chicago. In the State of Illinois, all one must do is confirm the diagnosis with your doctor and apply. Also, Medical Cannabis dispensaries in Illinois such as Modern Cannabis can help with the process.
After you are approved, you will get a card that looks like this:
Then continue to work with your dispensary and medical practitioner to achieve your pain-free goals!