Nowadays, Chronic pain is affecting more people than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. So, an effective and safe treatment is needed. Cannabis has the potential to be used for pain relief. University of Guelph researcher found that the cannabis plant creates pain-relieving molecules. These molecules are 30 times more powerful at reducing inflammation than Aspirin.
The two main treatments currently available for pain relief are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioid prescription medications. These two treatments are not as safe as Cannabis. Opioid drugs are one of the most addictive drugs available today. In the U.S alone, almost sixty people die every day from an opioid overdose. While NSAIDs are generally effective for pain relief. It reduces pain caused by inflammation. But this has side effects which include increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
So that’s why we need a safe and effective cure for chronic pain which is natural and risks free. Cannabis is safe and effective. It has fewer side effects and no risk of tolerance or overdose.
How To Use Cannabis for Pain Relief
If we compare Western medicine and Traditional medicine, we will find one striking difference. Western medicine pinpoints specific molecules that are responsible for treating a disease or symptom. In the case of traditional medicine, we need to take something entirely to use it as medicine.
The Cannabis sativa plant is one of the greatest present-day examples of this tug war between western medicine and traditional medicine.
The most two studied cannabinoids in Marijuana are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the psychotropic phytocannabinoid that causes the “high” effect when anyone smokes weed. This compound has a variety of health-related benefits. CBD is the second well-known cannabinoid found in cannabis. Like most other phytocannabinoids, CBD is non-psychotropic. Numerous studies show that these two compounds have pain-relieving properties in humans. That’s why these two are the most abundant compound which is found in the cannabis plant.
CBD and THC are not the only compounds found in cannabis which causes positive effects on human health. In every Cannabis plant (especially Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica), there is a unique mixture of different plant compounds like phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc. Research suggests that these compounds influence our neurochemistry. Together they work synergistically which may produce better improvements in pain relief rather than one specific compound. The research supports the idea that it is best to use the whole cannabis plant with THC, CBD, and other additional compounds. The co-operation between this compound which is found in the cannabis plant is referred to as the entourage effect.
Cannabis can be used for pain relief in many other different ways.
It is possible to extract cannabis oil (FECO) from cannabis using grain alcohol or ethanol. Feco can be used orally. It is needed in small quantities to experience benefits. People can apply cannabinoid containing lotions, balms, and salves to the skin to relieve pain and inflammation. Transdermal patches that contain cannabinoids are there and can be more potent than lotions and salves.
Cannabis can be used as edibles. Edibles are one of the most popular ways to use cannabis. Edible are infusing foods like cookies, brownies, and candies with the drug. Though the effect of edible is difficult to predict.