Chronic pain can be quite debilitating and slow your life down to a crawl. As the opioid addiction problem in this country soars to epidemic proportions, doctors are prescribing less of the dangerously habit-forming painkillers and are seeking other avenues of pain relief for their patients. Since more data on the positive pain relieving effects of marijuana are becoming available more and more people who live with chronic pain are moving toward marijuana to mitigate their physical distress.
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that continues to confirm the efficacy of marijuana as a potent pain reliever. People who have back pain and other types of protracted discomfort have had great success in reducing and even alleviating the misery that the recurrent pain has brought to their lives. Cannabis is highly effective for hundreds of thousands of people and now that marijuana is legal in many states, more and more scientific studies are telling us why it works.
As we know from past blogs, the cannabinoids are the important elements in cannabis that affect the body. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are currently the two main cannabinoids and the ones that are the most focused on in clinical research studies. THC has been the cannabinoid that has been researched the longest, since 1964, and it is the psychoactive compound in the herb. THC also has other medicinal qualities such as – pain relief, treatment of nausea and vomiting, the stimulation of appetite, improves breathing in asthmatics, relieves eye pressure in glaucoma patients and it induces sleep.
CBD is not psychoactive (you don’t get high when ingesting it), and it is an anti-inflammatory, stress reducer, anti-epileptic, anti-anxiety, anti-biotic, and is also used for treating pain, although it is not quite as effective as its cousin THC in fighting pain. Both THC and CBD are true marvels of natural medicine. They both have their purpose and each one works on different ailments in the body.
When used together, however, THC and CBD have a synergistic effect. The CBD actually cuts down on or subdues the potential high and psychoactive reaction one might get from a THC heavy tincture or bud. The combination of the two cannabinoids also produce a real calming effect, which may appeal to medical patients or older users who are averse to the side-effects or the paranoiac feelings that can come with too much THC. To put it simply, CBD helps balance out the stronger psychoactive attributes of THC, while providing pain relief and other very positive health benefits.
CBD and THC can now be isolated from other cannabinoids in the marijuana plant and are available in blends or can be purchased separately in oil or tincture form. There are also many strains of marijuana that are available that either have more THC or more CBD in them, whichever the user is more comfortable with. THC is the main pain reliever in marijuana but CBD is a wonderful compliment to it. So, if you are trying to reduce your pain, you may want to buy a strain or tincture or oil that is a 50/50 mixture of both cannabinoids or one that has slightly more THC in it. If, however, you don’t want to get high every time you medicate yourself with cannabis, start with a strain that has a higher percentage of CBD in it with just a small amount of THC. That will keep you in a euphoric mood as it cuts down on inflammation and pain. Whatever you do, don’t worry, because there is an ideal strain out there just for you and your pain.