How Cannabis Treats Chronic Pain

Many of our readers suffer from chronic pain. A study published in the NIH reported that cannabis is 10 times more effective at treating nerve pain than morphine, and about 15% of patients use it.

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 extracts 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.

Cannabis can compliment painkillers

Cannabinoids work effectively with opioid drugs, like Tramadol and Oxycodone. Cannabis may also reduce nausea that often accompanies strong prescription painkillers.

Vaping is the most effective method for pain relief


Many studies have shown that vaporized cannabis provides quick and significant relief from chronic pain. For longer-lasting relief, try an edible. Read our guide on how to take edibles here.

How do you treat your chronic pain with cannabis? Share your experience in the comments below.

Alyssa Gocinski
Alyssa majors in Journalism at Emerson College. While abroad in the Netherlands, she became interested in drug policy when interviewing locals about the cannabis industry. Alyssa researches widespread material and breaks it down into enjoyable and easy-to-read pieces.


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