Natural Pain Management: How Cannabis Can Help with Chronic Pain


If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, there is a relatively safe alternative to addictive pain pills: cannabis. And, in reality, as the popularity of medical marijuana skyrockets, everyone benefits except the pharmaceutical companies. How Does Cannabis Help? The human body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) with receptors that the cannabis acts upon. More specifically, the cannabinoids and terpenes of cannabis act upon the receptors within the Endocannabinoid System. Plus, there is an analgesic effect that lasts a few hours from cannabis disrupting pain signals to the brain. Additionally, over the long-term, there are benefits. For instance, the cannabinoid CBD reduces inflammation and promotes homeostasis. Beyond this, cannabis has been used to treat patients with specific conditions such as Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis. And even when the cannabis does not resolve the underlying issue, it often helps minimize the symptoms of the disorder (e.g., nausea, pain, migraines). But let’s dive in and take a closer look at what cannabis products are available. Medical Marijuana Like hemp, medical marijuana is the plant species cannabis sativa, but there are two main subspecies for us to examine: Sativa and Indica. With the extent of crossbreeding that has taken place though, in reality, you purchase either Sativa-dominant or Indica-dominant strains. Let’s take a look at each. Indica-Dominant Strains Nick-named “in-da-couch,” Indica-dominant strains are associated with a more mellow high and relaxation. Additionally, Indica-dominant strains are often the better option for pain management. Beyond that, these indica strains often help with insomnia, and it might prove quite difficult to sleep after using a Sativa-dominant strain. There are a variety of popular Indica-dominant strains as well. Some Popular Indica-Dominant Strains Granddaddy Purple Purple Kush Blueberry Northern Lights G13 Sativa-Dominant Strains In stark contrast, Sativa-dominant strains are uplifting. Long associated with the “wake and…

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