Neuropathic orofacial pain: cannabinoids as a therapeutic avenue.

“Neuropathic orofacial pain (NOP) exists in several forms including pathologies such as burning mouth syndrome (BMS), persistent idiopathic facial pain (PIFP), trigeminal neuralgia (TN) and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).

The pathophysiology of some of these conditions is still unclear and hence treatment options tend to vary and include a wide variety of treatments including cognitive behavior therapy, anti-depressants, anti-convulsants and opioids; however such treatments often have limited efficacy with a great amount of inter-patient variability and poorly tolerated side effects.

Analgesia is one the principal therapeutic targets of the cannabinoid system and many studies have demonstrated the efficacy of cannabinoid compounds in the treatment of neuropathic pain.

This review will investigate the potential use of cannabinoids in the treatment of symptoms associated with NOP.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25150831

http://www.thctotalhealthcare.com/category/neuropathic-pain/

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