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Can cannabis treat pain?

 

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Cannabis has had a predominantly bad reputation because of its association with hard illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin. It is a major part of the war on drugs but over time, this perception has begun to change. With more and more legalization due to its medicinal benefits and more online stores like MagicVaporizers making devices like dry herb vaporizers easily available, cannabis is becoming a drug that is more acceptable within different communities. Additionally, there are benefits from recreational use which adds value in terms of tourism and revenue to the economies of countries. 

By far, the most popular use of cannabis is medicinal. It has helped assist patients suffering from different cancers, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and epilepsy. Several patients benefitting from the relief provided by cannabis are changing the perception people have of the previously infamous herb. One of the biggest uses for cannabis medically is for pain relief. This article will tell you what you need to know about cannabis and pain relief, its most popular medicinal benefit. 

Can THC help?

Cannabis contains chemical compositions called cannabinoids and one of the most popular ones is THC. THC is the psychoactive chemical compound that is most associated with the high you may have heard cannabis causes in its users. Fortunately, that is not all it does for its users. THC is known to provide a range of health benefits including relieving central and neuropathic pain especially among patients diagnosed with cancer, AIDS, and fibromyalgia. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Some of the most popular strains of cannabis that provide THC are Sativa and Indica though they have some differing properties. Indica is better for pain treating headaches, joint pain and provides better effects for sleep and sedation while Sativa is helpful with cramp pains and arthritis. 

What is CBD?

The next most popular cannabinoid is CBD. Unlike its brother, THC, CBD is non-psychoactive which means it does not give its users a high. It is also known for its pain-relieving properties, especially anti-inflammatory pain suffered by arthritis patients and injuries. Some studies on animals showed that it relieves neuropathic pain by blocking inflammatory mediators and regulating pain at the spinal level. It is most popular for reducing inflammatory and neuropathic pain. 

Better than opioids

When most people think about relieving pain, the first option is often opioids. You feel some pain, pop a pill. Any discomfort, pop a pill. While they may provide some relief, they often come with side effects that are harmful and can cause addiction in some. Cannabis has grown in popularity largely because it is a great substitute for opioids. It provides relief with minimal side effects. It has been shown that 64 percent of cancer patients using cannabis have reduced their opioid use, improved their quality of life, and seen decreased medication side effects due to reduced use of medication. With continuing medical cannabis legalization, there is the growing popularity of using cannabis as an alternative to opioids in different countries.

Athletes use it

Athletes are some of the world’s most physically gifted people in the world who endure long and hard training to be able to perform at their best on the world stage. But with the hard training and continuous competitions, their body sometimes experiences challenges including pain. More so, they may also lose focus when they need it. Many athletes are coming around to using cannabis to help relieve them from some of their challenges. Some include UFC fighters Nate and Nick Diaz, Lize Carmouche, swimmer Michael Phelps and NFL player Earl Monroe. Cannabis has shown positive impacts on their inflammatory issues and helped increase mental acuity and focus for others. This helps athletes train better and have better results from their training and during competitions, especially with CBD use. 

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Conclusion 

Cannabis may not have had a nice ring in many people’s ears in the past but as more and more uses for it especially medicinally are coming up, the perception is slowly changing toward more positive and accepting. More understanding of the different cannabinoids and their effects including THC and CBD. Reduction in opioid use, enhancing the mental focus of athletes, while also relieving inflammation, are all part of the reason why it is becoming a herb of choice. With continued legalization and more discoveries of health benefits, cannabis is on a positive trajectory toward assisting many more people. 

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