For years, those battling chronic pain have found no solution. A regiment of rest, specialized doctors combined with a smartie-coloured bag full of pharmaceuticals has been the closest answer that chronic pain suffers can get. Most do not find actual relief even with trying every drug on the market, every weird diet trick and every form of therapy. There are a lot of chronic pain suffers out there who have been looking for a proper solution not knowing it was available this whole time.
Chronic pain can feel different for everyone but is often defined as pain lasting longer than 3 to 6 months. Chronic pain is related to a number of issues that has to do with the bones, muscular and nervous system. It can be defined into two categories: nociceptive and neuropathic. Nociceptive pain is caused by tissue damage or inflammation while neuropathic pain is caused by nervous system damage or malfunction. For those living with the pain, it can be unbearable to manage daily tasks. The pain from simple things like poor posture, wearing heels, weight issues or injury to the body can make life very oppressive. More serious issues such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, MS, ulcers, HIV/AIDS and gallbladder disease can resort to a completely unmanageable life.
Medication including opioids that are approved by doctors often leads to further health issues and addictions such as progressive weight gain, change in concentration levels. confusion, muscle pain, kidney issues, liver issues, nausea and fatigue. With the opioid epidemic growing in both in the States and Canada, more chronic pain suffers are switching to cannabis as an alternative resource for medication.
There is no perfect strain of cannabis that a doctor can recommend for each person suffering from chronic pain. So it is good to try new strains and find what is most suitable for you and educate on the important information. Indica strains that have a sedative, relaxed aspect are common for chronic pain patients and a good place to start. Commonly used in the evening for sleep due to its body high. Sativa strains are often used to target chronic headaches and neuropathic pain and commonly used during the day due to its brain high. Give you the ability to function at work without pain.
Medical marijuana has been a huge benefactor to overall health. Six studies driven by students at Harvard University systematically showed how cannabis benefited chronic pain patients. Significant improvements in pain levels in patients were reviewed on all six studies completed. When THC and CBD are used together the benefits are even higher for patient success since there congruent chemicals. One is targeting the pain, while the other works on the inflammation.
Dr Michael Hart, head physician at the Marijuana Clinic for Trauma in Canada says:
via Global News
“When considering cannabis to treat chronic pain, the adage “less is more” is true. Patients will find relief in indica strains which are higher in THC than most sativa or hybrid strains. What we have found is that these strains can be highly effective in low moderate doses, but could actually make pain worse in higher doses.”
Studies continue as legislation in Ontario grows closer to July 2018. New research is coming out on more benefits of the cannabis plant and the cannabinoids they produce. Current studies only show positive support for anyone struggling with chronic pain and are lowering the number of people at risk from opioids.
Longtime chronic pain suffers are finally seeing an answer to their problems. Pain is being reduced, anxiety and stress decreasing, mood and energy increased, regular sleep cycles, healing of the nervous system, muscle inflammation and spasms reduced. Chronic pain stands no chance against the healing powers of cannabis. Seems that medical marijuana was the answer all along.