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Is Cannabis Good for Pain?


You aren’t alone if you suffer from physical pain. According to the CDC, almost 50 million Americans and almost eight million Canadians experience chronic pain in their lifetime. The good news is that cannabis user who are willing to try plant medicine as a pain management strategy report therapeutic success to vary degrees.

For many, traditional pharmaceutical remedies can seem to only aggravate pain even further. While research is still in its early days, weed is on the rise as a helpful antidote to physical pain. In the following post, we’ll explore the ins and outs of cannabis as a treatment for pain. 

Pain Conditions Cannabis Can Help With

While historically cannabis was a known natural remedy for a variety of physical ailments and pains across numerous cultures and societies, modern science has largely remained reserved about using the flower as a legitimate form of treatment. But as cannabis becomes destigmatized and further positive research emerges, there are a number of physical issues that cannabis is proven to help with. The most common pain conditions cannabis can help with are the following:

  • Arthritis: According to the Arthritis Society of Canada, “while cannabis can’t cure arthritis or slow disease progression, some people report that it helps to alleviate their symptoms.”
  • Menstrual cramps and endometriosis: As just about any woman with cramps who has smoked weed can attest to, menstrual pains are soothed by cannabis. While research is still scarce, studies likewise indicate the effectiveness of the flower on the relief of menstrual conditions such as endometriosis, as cannabis is a powerful anti-inflammatory. 
  • Chronic Pain: While much remains inconclusive to scientists, new research by the journal Annals of Internal Medicine says the drug may relieve chronic pain as well as more popular mainstream treatments, including opioids. 
  • Pain from Inflammation: THC, CBD and other cannabinoids found in the plant work in symbiosis to reduce inflammation levels in the body, which are often responsible for physical pain. This also includes headaches and muscle pain
  • Effects of Chemo: “A number of small studies of smoked marijuana found that it can be helpful in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy,” says the American Cancer Society. 
  • Nerve Pain: Nerve, or neuropathic pain, is one of the most researched areas of cannabis and pain currently. There is even a cannabis-based drug available to multiple sclerosis patients in a number of countries, who suffer from pain and spasticity inflicted by the neurodegenerative disease. 

THC and Pain

The science behind the magic of the medley of weed’s 100+ cannabinoids that help pain is still vague, but researchers agree that two stand out: THC and CBD. While THC seems to positively improve pain, it’s also found to improve how the sufferer perceives the pain.

 In other words, THC can help pain because it puts the person in a better mood and this in turn can improve perception of the pain. Because THC can help people experience a sense of euphoria, it’s believed THC can reframe the mind and positively shift a lowered mood, thus lessening pain. Plus THC’s amazing anti-inflammation abilities help to lessen many types of pain. 

CBD and Pain

Everyone responds differently to cannabis. While some people may prefer a THC dominant cannabis product, others may find the best comfort in a CBD topical or tincture. No one human chemistry is alike, just as no one cannabis strain is alike. Everything is a personal experiment. For many people, CBD is a preferable pain treatment than THC as it has no psychoactive component. 

In other words, it provides anti-inflammatory and relaxation effects without the buzz. Research indicates that CBD is a very effective pain relief. For this reason, CBD can be a more sensible pain management method than THC, especially for people who are working or require a clear frame of mind. 

Cannabis Topicals for Pain

For localized pain relief, cannabis topicals are an increasingly popular natural solution. Lotions, creams, and balms containing THC and/or CBD can be applied to the body where muscle pain, cramps, arthritis, inflammation, or chronic pain are present. 

Nowadays, the market seems to be exploding with countless new CBD topicals being sold. Most important is to make sure you purchase from a reputable brand to ensure authenticity, as the market is currently unregulated. 

In Summary

When it comes to managing pain, each individual has a totally unique situation, pain tolerance level, neurology, and biology. That being said, if you decide to try weed for pain, start “low and slow” until you get a feel for how your chosen strain and its THC and CBD content interact with your own personal chemistry. It’s also always important to consult with your family doctor before altering any medical treatment methods. 

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