Cannabis as a Treatment for Postherpetic Neuralgia (Shingles)
PHN is a complication of shingles, which is caused by the chicken pox virus. PHN affects nerve fibers and skin, causing burning pain that lasts long after the rash and blisters of shingles disappear. Other symptoms can be headache, sensitivity to light, rashes and trouble thinking clearly.
Cannabis has neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties that can greatly reduce the pain and long term effects caused by shingles. Traditional painkillers like morphine do not work well since shingles damages the receptors that would ordinarily allow pain killers to provide relief. Since cannabinoid receptors are
located throughout the body, and they are not attacked by the shingles virus- cannabis can provide the needed relief.
If you or someone you know is suffering from Postherpetic Neuralgia and think medical marijuana might help you, please contact Connecticut Cannabis to schedule an evaluation. We will evaluate your status and history with PHN and help you understand what options are available for medicinal marijuana in Connecticut.