One of the most common reasons people use medical marijuana is to cope with pain. Whether it’s acute or chronic, pain from burns, cramps, fibromyalgia, headaches, inflammation, muscle soreness, neuropathic pain, spinal injury, and even cancer can be treated with medical marijuana. How successful you are with treating your pain depends on your condition, your physiology, and the types of medical marijuana you try.
Because different cannabinoids and terpenes bond with different parts of the body and brain, they “specialize” with different types of pain. Even so, each person’s pain management is different, so trying what works person for someone else with the same condition isn’t always a sure thing. Be ready to experiment and find the best combination for you.
Also, the right delivery system matters, and this is also very personal. Vaping and smoking are excellent for quick delivery of pain relieving compounds, but there are a full range of non-smoking methods including concentrate and consumption alternatives available to you.
So, what makes medical marijuana so effective against pain? There are multiple cannabinoids that fight pain in the human body. THC binds with the body’s pain receptors, which is why strains that contain THC are useful for cancer patients. CBD, another cannabinoid, reduces inflammation and pain, and does not produce an intoxicating effect. It does, however, work together with THC and other cannabinoids to restore tissue and fight pain.
Overall, pain management patients typically get the best results from strains that contain multiple pain-relieving cannabinoids. Look for strains with CBD, CBG, CBN, and THC to maximize your chances of staying pain-free. There are many strains that offer these cannabinoids, so you can achieve a more or less relaxing effect along with your pain relief depending on your goals.