Studies medical researchers reveal Cannabis (medical marijuana) could be used as a pain relief for long-lasting pain-related ailments. This article enlists the best strains for pain relief, symptoms of chronic pains, and key factors for choosing a cannabis strain for pain relief.
According to a Harvard based research, 28 cannabinoids were used to treat some pain-related ailments. The results of the study showed that all the six chronic pain conditions received a significant level of improvement through the use of medical Cannabis
Cannabis is a safer option than the two most prevalent treatment for alleviating pain, which are opioid prescription medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Opioid drugs are among the most addictive drugs currently available and can lead to death if they are abused.
Most pains we feel in our body as a result of injury or any other factor subsides when the wound heals. But this is not the case with chronic pain; it can persist for months and even years. Chronic pain can be challenging to deal with, especially without superior help.
Chronic pain, as defined by NCCIH (National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health) is any pain that persists for more than three months. It affects over 26 million Americans. Chronic pain affects both the physical and mental health of an individual. A large proportion of the pain is associated with stress and engaging in too many activities without rest.
According to a survey conducted in America, over 60% of individuals who reported cases of chronic pain also suffer from depression and had severe level symptoms of chronic pain.
When considering using the usage of Cannabis strain for pain relief, there are several key factors that you should note. They are as follows:
Quantity of THC and CBD in the Strain: Cannabis contains two primary active ingredients that are responsible for its pain-relieving effect. THC, also called tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for the ‘high’ effect that users get after smoking Cannabis. It also has various health benefits. Cannabidiol (CBD) is also another popular cannabinoid found in Cannabis. High-CBD strains of Cannabis are best for inflammatory pains, such as arthritis or injuries. On the other hand, high-THC strains are used to treat central and neuropathic pain. They can also minimize pain in AIDS, cancer, and fibromyalgia patients, especially those that are resistant to other pain treatments.
The Type of Chronic Pain: The type of pain that you are struggling with will determine the kind of strain that you need.
Category/Type of Cannabis: Medical marijuana falls into three categories which are Indica, Sativa, and hybrid. Of the three, users report more effective pain-relieving results with Indica.