Calling for Openness to the Study of Cannabis Use in Chronic Pelvic Pain.
J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2020 Sep 30;:
Authors: Manz J, Hyakutake M, Kelly E
Chronic pelvic pain affects women across all demographics. Its management is complex and requires a multimodal approach. Cannabis has been legal for medical purposes for many years; however, its pharmacokinetics are just beginning to be understood, as are its analgesic effects and other benefits, such as improved sleep quality and reduced nausea and vomiting. Given the recent Canada-wide legalization of cannabis for non-medical use, patients may be more willing to disclose cannabis use and use it for pain management. Given the complexity of chronic pain management, physicians must be open to cannabis as an analgesic option. Cannabis use may decrease the need for opioids, a phenomenon that could reduce opioid dependency. Now is the ideal time to study patients’ use of and perspectives on cannabis for pain relief in order to establish its effectiveness and safety. Cannabis shows potential to be a key player in a multimodal approach to chronic pelvic pain.
PMID: 33132057 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]