As of June, 29 states (and Washington D.C) have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
That means millions of people suffering from chronic pain have access to a new way to relieve their suffering.
Some studies have already shown that inhaling marijuana can relieve chronic nerve pain. One study revealed that the pain symptoms dropped slightly when participants inhaled a marijuana vapor three times per day, according to WebMD.
The benefit to chewing the marijuana gum as opposed to inhaling or eating it is that it can digested directly in the mouth, bypassing the liver for faster relief. There are other benefits to the chewing aspect for pain sufferers, including:
- Neuroprotective and neurostimulatory effects on the mind
- Stress relief
- Stimulation of the cardiovascular system
- Improvement of age-related cognitive decline
Chewing marijuana gum is also more socially accepted than smoking, and allows for those with fibromyalgia to get quick pain relief almost anywhere without fear of backlash from those around them.
Current Marijuana Options for Pain Relief
CBD hemp oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, meaning they are non-psychoactive and won’t produce a high. It can be purchased in:
– Pure CBD-hemp oil form
– Tinctures where they are diluted in alcohol or a natural oil base and flavored for better taste
– CBD topicals (salves, balms, and creams)
Knowing which is right for you depends on your type of pain and what you are using CBD oil for.
It is known that as little as 3 puffs a day of marijuana help those suffering from chronic nerve pain due to injury, surgery, and illness, allowing them to sleep better and heal faster.
The effectiveness of this remedy depends on the strain of cannabis and the strength. Your best option is to talk to your doctor, who can help you determine which is best for you.
If smoking really isn’t for you, you can try using Glucosamine to help protect your joints, no pun intended. As we age, the amount Glucosamine our body can produce decreases. Supplementation may be useful in promoting overall good joint health.
Marijuana-infused edibles, including cookies, brownies, candy, chocolate bars, drinks, snacks, and spreads, are a good option for those who want to use the drug for pain relief but don’t want to smoke it.
Again, different strains will have varying strengths. One must also be aware that actually ingesting the marijuana delivers a much more potent high, so you need less of it. Most people don’t need a whole brownie, or even a half, to experience the effects.
According to How Stuff Works, cannabis is useful because cannabinoids in the marijuana bind to endocannabinoids the body naturally produces. This creates reactions in the body that help block pain receptors and creates a high feeling.