More and more people are choosing to treat chronic pain with marijuana. Pain is often the most telling warning sign of disease and illness. It is the most common reason why a person might make and appointment with a physician. What those suffering from acute, chronic or other varying degrees of pain are searching for is relief. And that relief is often in the form of an analgesic like anti-inflammatory drugs and opiods. The chemical properties found in cannabinoids are also analgesic, and natural! Using cannabis to treat pain can be traced back all the way to ancient Chinese text, dating to 2900 B.C. With more places legalizing cannabis both medicinally and recreationally, more people are asking whether marijuana might be effective treatment for them.
What Is Chronic Pain And How Marijuana Can Help
CP is any pain lasting longer than 12 weeks. It can be a dull lingering or constantly debilitating and can last for an entire lifetime. The World Health Organization estimates that 20% of people world wide suffer from it. Living with constant pain can have extremely detrimental effects on a person’s overall well being. Unfortunately, the opiates that are often prescribed to patients is both highly addictive and costly. A review of 28 studied led by Harvard examined the efficicacy of exo-cannabinoids to treat pain. They concluded that there was strong quality evidence to say it was effective. Another study from 2016 at The University of Michigan found even more evidence. Marijuana decreased side effects from other medications, improved quality of life and reduced opiod use (on average) by 64%.
How To Use Marijuana To Treat Pain
If you or your physician have decided you try combatting your chronic pain with marijuana, you have options. There are tons of different strains and methods of use available, and both will likely require some trial and error. We recommend you opt for an indica or a hybrid strain. Finding the right strain will likely depend on what level of psychoactivity you are comfortable. Keep your eyes peeled for a strain with a lower THC level and higher CBD content for more of a body high instead of a “mind” high. Our top recommendation is Chemo, an indica from British Columbia, famous for it’s incredible pain relieving properties. If you buy fresh bud, you can smoke it, vape it or bake it. However, you can also opt for a CBD heavy tincture or topical instead.