In November 2016, Cannabis Science made two announcements in November last year, about two pharmaceutical developments for the treatment of pain in the form of cannabis skin patches.
According to the representatives, due to the more accurate dosing, these skin patched offer even better effects than other cannabis-based topical creams, pills, or injections.
They are now being clinically analyzed, so they are not currently available, but they could become a revolutionary treatment of chronic pain conditions, like fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy.
The most common natural plant cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) include: THC, cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), and cannabinol (CBN), and most researchers focus on THC, but these patches use the CBD.
It has several beneficial properties, such as:
- analgesic (pain relief)
- greater antioxidant activity than vitamins C or E
It is a non-euphoriant, and researchers claim that it lowers the effect of the other euphoriant cannabinoids, reducing their psychoactive effects such as anxiety, panic, intoxication, and heart palpitations.
According to Cannabis Science CEO, Raymond Dabney, “As more states nationwide legislate for the legalization of Cannabis and Cannabis derived medications, we here at Cannabis Science are focused on developing pharmaceutical formulations and applications to supply the huge growing demand expected over the coming few years.”
Therefore, this cannabis patch can be the new option that can help you relieve painful conditions such as diabetic nerve damage and fibromyalgia.
Diabetic neuropathy is a group of nerve disorders linked to diabetes, and the most susceptible are diabetics for 25 years or more or who have difficulty managing their blood sugar or blood pressure levels.
Some people do not experience any symptoms, while others do, and the 4 main types of diabetic nerve damage lead to this unique set of symptoms:
- Proximal Neuropathy: It is localized in the legs and is linked to weakness in the legs muscles, as well as pain in the legs, hips, thighs or bottom.
- Peripheral Neuropathy: It is manifested as sharp pain, numbness, tingling, and sensitivity to temperature and touch in the feet and hands.
- Autonomic Neuropathy: This nerve damage type has its effects on the urinary tract, eyes, cardiovascular system, digestive tract, sex organs, and sweat glands, and is manifested by sexual dysfunction in both, women and men, changes in the bladder and digestive system function, profuse sweating, inability to manifest usual warning signs of low blood sugar, and trouble seeing at night.
- Focal Neuropathy: It causes pain and weakness and affects all body nerves.
Other symptoms include:
- facial paralysis
- pain around the eyes and vision issues
- acute pain in chest, stomach or abdominals
In most cases, doctors prescribe painkillers, anticonvulsants or antidepressants like oxycodone, Ultram, amitriptyline, Cymbalta, or Lyrica to treat diabetic nerve damage.
On the other hand, In case the FDA approves the use of the Cannabis Science’s skin patch, patients will be able to treat it in a natural way, and avoid the risk of addiction.
On the other hand, fibromyalgia is a chronic condition which usually affects women. According to a 2008 report, over 5 million adult Americans suffer from it, and this syndrome is manifested by intense fatigue, chronic non-localized pain, and tenderness, as well as the following symptoms:
- painful menstrual cramps
- brain fog
- morning stiffness
- restless leg syndrome
- irritable bowel syndrome
Currently, the FDA has only approved 3 drugs for its treatment: Duloxetine, Milnacipran, and Pregabalin. Therefore, the cannabis patch can be a promising treatment option in these cases as well, and it will help patients prevent the severe side-effects of the drugs.