Cannabis And Pain Relief

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Medical cannabis has been shown to improve the quality of life for people who suffer from debilitating chronic pain, or pain related to other illnesses. Using it as an alternative to traditional pain medications - including opioids – is gaining ground as research continues and positive anecdotal reports are on the rise.

Conditions And Symptoms Treated By Medical Cannabis*

  • Chronic Pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Nausea
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • HIV/AIDS related Pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Sciatica
  • Seizures
  • Neuropathy
  • Cancer Care Symptom Management
  • Crohn’s Disease

Supporting Research

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a Harvard-led review of 28 research studies that showed the potential of medical marijuana to provide relief from chronic pain.

Another study from the University of Michigan appearing in the Journal of Pain showed that  64% of medical marijuana patients suffering from chronic pain achieved a better quality of life by using medical cannabis.

How It Works

THC and CBD – the two primary cannabinoids found in cannabis – activate different endocannabinoid receptors in our bodies that lead to a variety of effects.

Because THC binds to the natural cannabinoid receptors in the brain that help with pain-relief, mood and sleep, it can reduce the sensation of pain in humans.

As for CBD, researchers hypothesize that it interacts with the neurotransmitter serotonin and has beneficial neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties.  

Cannabis products that combine both CBD and THC may be the most effective way to treat chronic pain since CBD appears to buffer the psychoactivity that accompanies THC highs.

Forms Of Consumption

  • Smoking/Vaping
  • Tinctures/Oils
  • Topicals
  • Edibles
  • Capsules

Your Next Steps

Discuss the medical cannabis options for your kind of pain with your Personal Service Provider. Remember to always start with small doses to learn the strains and dosages that benefit you the most. Keeping a journal of the strains you sample while noting the potency, effects and duration of relief is also advisable. **

*And qualified by a medical physician.

**This treatment is not meant to or claims to be a complete cure or in lieu of medical advice or treatment.

For more information on medical marijuana, see also:
What Is Self-Care

What Is Cannabis
Conditions Cannabis May Help With
Ways To Consume Cannabis
What Is The Entourage Effect
What Is The Endocannabinoid System
What Is THC
Cannabis And Anxiety
Cannabis And PTSD
10 Fascinating Facts About Recreational Marijuana
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