Cannabis Strains for Pain Relief

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Among the most common applications for medical cannabis is treating pain. Depending on the type of pain, degree of pain, and the patient’s individual biology, cannabis can be essential in the pain management toolkit. Scientific research backs this up, with the latest meta-review finding that the use of cannabinoids can help provide pain relief for those suffering from chronic pain and improve sleep quality and physical functioning[i]. Why use Cannabis for Pain Relief? While doctors are happy and willing to prescribe various medications to relieve pain, many of the traditional forms of heavy painkillers come with drawbacks. Staples such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Paracetamol are relatively harmless. They could even be used in conjunction with cannabis – but other medications, particularly the more powerful ones such as NSAIDs and opioids, can cause more severe side effects including nausea, and heavy sedation. These medicines can also lead to addiction[ii]. As a result, many more people are looking to cannabis as a potentially safer, natural painkiller, free from many chemicals and numerous negative side-effects associated with prescription pharmaceutical drugs. How Cannabis Helps Relieve Pain THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the most abundant cannabinoids in cannabis and binds to the body’s cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) in the brain, spinal cord, and immune cells. THC’s activation of these receptors is thought to be the route by which it helps regulate the body’s perception of and response to pain. Recent research has shown that CBD, or cannabidiol, desensitises specific receptors, namely the transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1), involved in pain signalling. CBD also helps increase the body’s natural production of the endocannabinoid anandamide, which, like THC, regulates pain perception [iii]. Cannabis Strains to help with Pain Relief Choosing the right strains for pain relief means navigating what at times seems like a…

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