Here are 7 things to know about how cannabis treats chronic pain:
Cannabis works by blocking pain receptors
Cannabis changes the way we perceive pain by interacting with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The cannabinoids latch onto and block the receptors in our body that are responsible for producing the sensation of pain.
THC and CBD work better together for relief
An NIH study gave cancer patients either a pure THC tincture or a THC:CBD extract to relieve their pain. Those with the extract had 30% less pain while those with the tincture felt little relief. Check out these recommended strains for treating chronic pain.
More is more
A Canadian medical team found that chronic pain patients felt the greatest relief from higher doses of THC. Raise your dose a little each day until you’ve found your perfect amount, and remember to go slowly.
Cannabis can treat a variety of chronic pains
The University of Washington School of Medicine reports that cannabis can treat dull, sharp, and burning pain from injury or surgery. It’s shown to be effective in treating pain from cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and even phantom pain in amputees.
Cannabis is safer than painkillers
Many painkillers have a lost list of side effects. Research shows that there are nearly 25% fewer deaths from painkiller overdoses in states with legal medical cannabis. Aside from death, these pills can cause dependence, constipation, dizziness, sedation, shortness of breath, and more.