Managing Pain with Medical Marijuana
For as long as there has been pain, there have been efforts to ease the pain in ourselves and each other. We have come up with many different types of painkillers like morphine to over the counter Tylenol. However, pain is not necessarily a one size fits all treatment and some pain killers offer more risks than ease of mind and body. Medical marijuana on the other hand lessens risk and just might be more beneficial to individuals than the over the counter options or opioids in the long term.
Medical Cannabis's Role
Many people use medical cannabis for their pain management today. Cannabis is not going to do the work of an opioid like oxycontin but it can bring relief to chronic pain that isn’t recommended for the stronger and more addictive drugs. According to U.S. Pharmacist magazine the leading reason for medical marijuana use is for chronic pain management as cannabis is made of many types of cannabinoids that help dictate the different feelings a user can feel when consumed. For example, the most commonly discussed cannabinoids are CBD and THD. Cannabinoids work in conjunction with terpenes and other compounds to bring relief to users.
CBD products are very popular since they act on the receptors in our brains that bring pain relief yet do not act on the receptors that bring the “high” that THC brings in people. According to Harvard Health, “CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain,” and can even ease pain due to arthritis when applied directly to the troubled area in something like a topical.
There are also many reports that medical marijuana can help with some of the side effects of cancer treatment including the nausea and lack of appetite brought on by the chemo treatments however these reports are still being verified for causation.
A Quick Word on Terpenes in Cannabis
There have been reports that medical marijuana, in the short term, can affect your memory and attention, according to a report by the CDC. The report goes on to say that it depends on the age of the individual, the amount used, and whether you use other substances like alcohol simultaneously. The biggest risks are for a developing mind rather than the fully developed mind of an adult.
Your choice of delivery method can also change how medical marijuana might affect your health. Your heart and lung health could be at risk depending on the type of smoke you are inhaling for instance. However, there are plenty of other delivery methods that can be just as beneficial for pain relief without as much strain on your lungs like a small edible or a topical.
Medical marijuana can be a great way to manage your chronic pain and all you need to do is select the correct method for you. Talk to a Doctor about the benefits of medical cannabis in your life or talk to a specialist on the Cannacist app for more information on choosing the right path to managing your pain with cannabis. However you decide to include medical marijuana into your health, you should take it slow and know that it can take time to find the correct method of pain management that works best for you.