Cannabis and Pain Relief

Published Friday, December 16, 2016

Chronic Pain:

Chronic pain is a debilitating ailment that about 72 million Americans suffer from each day, according to the National Centers for Health Statistics. The most common types of chronic pain are back pain, headaches, cancer pain, arthritis pain, and neuropathic pain. Some may not realize it, but living with chronic pain has a serious impact on many people's quality of life. Patients who suffer from chronic pain often have difficulty sleeping, experience lack of energy, and have a hard time finding joy in daily activities. Most patients report having little to no control over the amount of pain they experience on a daily basis, although there are many pain killers out there, they often come with multiple side effects and only suppress the pain temporarily.

How Cannabis Can Help:

Cannabis on many accounts has been found to be an effective treatment for many forms of chronic pain. Cannabis can be used to alleviate muscle and back pain, neuropathic pain, and other chronic pains. Cannabis is a natural anti-inflammatory and does not have any of the negative side effects that many opioids do. What makes Cannabis such a great combatant to different types of chronic pain are the cannabinoids present within the plant itself. Tetrahydrocannabidol (THC) is one of those cannabinoids and is a well known anti-inflammatory, bronchodilator, anti-spasmodic, muscle relaxant, and antioxidant. THC binds to cannabinoid receptors located throughout the brain, central nervous system, connective tissues, and related organs. The second cannabinoid within the plant that helps reduce pain is cannabidiol, also known as CBD. Cannabidiol is a major anti-inflammatory and is the main ingredient in many infused topicals and salves.


The cannabis derives the majority of it's healing properties from terpenes. Terpenes are the aromatic compounds that coat the cannabis leaves with distinctive flavors and smells, and account for the unique effects induced by specific cannabis strains.

Terpenes that produce anti-inflammatory effects:

  • Myrcene
  • Pinene
  • Caryophellene
  • Humulene
  • Linalool

Strains that have a presence of any of these terpenes will be beneficial for those seeking pain relief.

Methods of Consumption Best For Combating Chronic Pain:

As with any form of cannabis that is consumed by a certain individual, everyone reacts differently to the plant, so keep in mind that some methods may be better suited for certain individuals.

  • Vaporizing is a great option for patients seeking immediate relief for a shorter period of time. Vaporizors are often easily portable which makes discreet dosing anywhere easy.

Edibles provide very strong effects, edibles usually take about an hour to three hours to kick in and the effects may last anywhere from three to six hours. Making them a great treatment for those who do not need immediate relief, bat are seeking long term relief.

Topicals & Transdermal Patches are applied to the affected area and provide immediate relief. Topicals and patches are mostly made with CBD and since they are only applied to the skin and not consumed you will not experience the psychoactive effects you feel when consuming THC.





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