Medical cannabis has been identified as a popular alternative to several pain medications, including opioids. While chronic pain has often been linked to cancer, it may be additionally related to other conditions, including diabetes, non-migraine headaches, spasticity, joint pain, and heart disease. At present, the FDA has not approved the use of cannabis-based products to relieve pain. Additionally, various strains have been shown to be more effective. Prospectively, research will later examine the differing effects of cannabis Indica, cannabis Sativa, and hybrids.
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