Cannabis and Pain Relief

Cannabis as Opioid Substitution 

There is research that suggests cannabis is on a increase as a substitution from other pain relievers such as opioids which have undesirable side effects. In the United States all states are consistent with using cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain. Cannabis covers a wide range of symptoms It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects that gives cannabis users the relief they need.

THC Tetrahydrocannabinol interacts with brain receptors in the cannabinoid system in order to relieve pain. THC also induces a feeling of euphoria, a “high” that is often followed with dry mouth. This euphoria can help many people relax while dealing with the chronic pain they may have.

  • Cancer pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Inflammatory conditions

There are a variety of choices for pain relieving cannabis. You can find weed that is a CBD dominant, THC dominant and balanced CBD / THC variety all of which can be good for pain. CBD does tend to have a reputation for providing pain relief. The following are cannabis strains great for pain:

  • ACDC – CBD dominant
  • Blackberry Kush – THC dominant
  • Harlequin – balanced CBD / THC
  • The White – THC dominant
  • Blueberry Headband – THC dominant
  • CBD Critical Mass – Balanced THC/ CBD
  • Master Kush – THC dominant
  • read more about these strains here 

Cannabis for Pain Relief

Cannabis can relieve many people of pain and improve quality of life. Cannabis is commonly used to treat a variety chronic pain symptoms and it has been used for millennia to relieve pain or ease discomfortThere is over 4000 years of recorded use of cannabis for pain relief. This cultural data appears to reflect similarly with records of pain relief patients make in scientific studies today. Many people with non-cancer chronic pain, surgery and cancer pain find relief in using cannabis. People find relief by inhaling or ingesting cannabis

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil is a cannabis product that contains healthy fatty acids and small amounts of Cannabidiol (CBD). This study found that hemp seed oil is composed mostly of protein 20-25%, carbohydrates 20-30%, and fiber 10-15% along with a variety of trace minerals. Hemp oil is a power house of a supplement because it contains all essential amino and fatty acids, it is considered a complete nutritional source. Ingested hemp oil can test positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol Carboxilyc acid (THCA), the compound used to detect THC consumption in drug tests. It was tested for and found in trace amounts in many of the users tested.

CBD

CBD does not cause a high, although it does interact with the cannabinoid system in the body to induce pain relief by reducing pain levels. It interacts with brain receptors to reduce inflammation and pain. CBD may relieve symptoms for those suffering from Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia although THC may agitate symptoms and cause anxiety. This can make a huge difference in the quality of life for those seeking relief from these ailments.

My Personal Experience

I have used cannabis to treat pain relief and I have had honestly a great experience with it. I have a boost of creativity at times when I smoke as well as the pain relief. I mostly like using raw papers when I smoke, it’s my favorite. Smoking is really helpful for everything I do, and improves my days. I have an easier time eating, sleeping, and managing pain with cannabis use. I have an appetite for more food as well as a decline in stomach discomfort. I would like to transition some of my smoking to making edibles in the future. I have made delicious cannabis infused food and would love to try it again. With pain relief and an aphrodisiac effects cannabis is great for sexual wellness. 

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I have smoked cannabis with CBD in it and I love it, it is remarkably calming and anti-inflammatory. I love to have multiple strains at a time, and I would like to include more CBD strains into my collection of cannabis. CBD dominant strains great for smoking:

  • Harlequin
  • Ringo’s gift
  • Sweet and Sour Widow
  • Stephen Hawking Kush
  • ACDC
  • Cannatonic
  • Harle-Tsu
  • Canna-Tsu
  • Sour Tsunami
  • Pennywise
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • read more on these CBD strains here

I love using Hemp oil for skin care, and also consumption. Due to the health benefits of hemp oil I will be adding more of it into my routine! If you are into home remedies, it makes a great oil to mix in with skin products, as well as consuming it orally. It has many desired effects such as improved appetite, stress relief, better sleep, relaxation improvement and anxiety relief. hemp is a nutrient filled naturally an immune system boost.  I would try the following best rated hemp oil brands next for a variety of uses and benefits:

  • Owe Uself Vegan Hemp Oil 
  • Hopeso Hemp Oil
  • Dr. Bronners Organic Hemp Skin Balm
  • hempworkshempoil
  • Premier Organics

Sources

  • Cannabis and Pain a Clinical Review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5549367/
  • Cannibinol as Antiphsycotic drug https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16612464
  • Maurijuana and pain https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK224384/
  • Cannabis use for chronic non cancer pain https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12620613
  • Composition of Hemp Seed Oil http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=10.1.1.620.2193
  • 10 CBD strains https://www.marijuanabreak.com/best-high-cbd-strains
  • 5 CBD strains https://www.leafly.com/news/strains-products/10-best-cbd-cannabis-strains-according-to-leafly-users
  • Best strains for treating pain https://www.leafly.com/news/strains-products/best-cannabis-strains-for-treating-pain
  • Hemp oil causes positve urine tests https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9323529

1 thought on “Cannabis and Pain Relief”

  1. Thank you, Miss Dahlia, for a very well written and thoughtful post on the real benefits of cannabis for chronic pain.

    The CDC reported, in 2018, that 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. That is one in five of every adults in the US. The approach to chronic pain has been dominated by the pharmaceutical opioid industry since the end of the 20th century. This industry led the way to incorporate pain as “the fifth vital sign” (correctly), and then argued that the treatment depended on opioid augmentation (incorrectly). The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) jumped on board with Purdue Pharma, and other pharmaceutical companies, and pushed opioids as the solution.

    I know this, for a fact. How? I was a primary care physician in an accredited residency program from 1998 to 2001. I got my board certification by answering board questions that involved ‘opioids’ as correct answer.

    Flash forward almost 20 years. Our country, rural and urban, has been decimated by opioids. Overdose, addiction, and families destroyed. And, chronic pain patients are still in pain. Why? Opioids don’t work for long term pain. Ever. They work for acute pain and cancer pain. They work for neurogenic pain, in the acute setting. They DO NOT help chronic pain. Our bodies up-regulate production of opioid receptors and increase tolerance with chronic opioid use. Are bodies just need higher doses after a short time. Then, they need higher doses. And then… higher doses. It’s like catching a hemorrhage in a bucket and not binding the wound.

    Chronic pain is real. It impacts mood, memory, lifestyle, relationships, and over all wellbeing. Are there alternatives? YES. I have many patients who have weaned off opioids and only use a cannabis product to treat their pain. Do we need more studies and research into the wonders of this medicine? Yes! But, the discussion starts with thoughtful and intelligent posts like this.

    Thanks for your time and effort with this post Dahlia. It’s important and well sourced. It took time and passion. Keep it up.

    I practice primary care in Washington State and, I am lucky. I can recommend cannabis treatment. It works. Miss Dahlia’s recommendations are sourced. They are solid.

    CAL, MD

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