When the US surgeon general (finally) concedes that marijuana helps some health conditions and twenty-three states (and DC) allow for medicinal pot use, it’s more than a pass of the medical-marijuana peace pipe. It’s a long overdue concession of what many chronic pain sufferers have known for a long time and CNN’s chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta plainly stated: “With regard to pain alone, marijuana could greatly reduce the demand for narcotics and simultaneously decrease the number of accidental painkiller overdoses, which are the greatest cause of preventable death in this country.” In other words, the stuff works—and it won’t kill you. But how does it work and what pain does it relieve? This is an important question to know the answer to, especially if you’re in pain, need help, and are considering turning to marijuana.
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