Marijuana as a Treatment for Chronic Pain

Pain can really suck so how can we deal with it?

Chronic pain can be a big and devastating problem in an patients’s life. Pain comes in both forms in that it can be both acute and chronic. No matter when pain strikes, it will bring havoc to your life and leave unable to go about your life. There are so many different reasons that one may have pain and some effective ways to mitigate pain symptoms. For patients that are pain sufferers, their symptoms can stem some kind of an accident, or an illness, or some other acute medical condition. For some other patients, the pain symptoms could be from cancer, AIDS, organ failure, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, gastrointestinal issues, injuries, car accidents, and a hundreds of other chronic conditions that cause serious pain.

Can Marijuana avoid with the epidemic of opiate-related overdoses?

For some people that do not treat their pain immediately, it can potentially be life threatening. Although there are many treatments for pain, hardly any of them are cures. The pain medications available could potentially come with severe and life threatening side effects such as opiate overdose. There are an enormous amount of deaths each year from accidental overdoses of pain medication that could potentially be mitigated by using cannabis in conjunction with pain treatment methods. Opiates and derivatives of this drug are considered one of class of drugs that are the most addictive and deadliest form of medicine currently. Most treatments for pain target the symptoms of pain only and are inefficient for long term treatment pain treatment plans. With advances in medical science, there are constant advances and experts are starting to learn more about effective forms of treating severe pain.

Many medical professionals have found that marijuana can really be effective in helping individuals with some form of relief for their chronic pain caused by some form of trauma whether it be accident, illness, and injury. For those patients with pain caused by diseases such as cancer, AIDS, RA, MS, spasmatic disorders, and migraines; the benefits of consuming cannabis can significantly reduce one’s suffering.


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Which of the Indica or Sativa marijuana strains are better for pain relief?

There are many marijuana strains that can potentially aid in relief of different types of pain. Depending on the type of pain caused whether from an injury, organ failure, acute, or chronic diseases, there is a marijuana strain for you.  Some cannabis strains will work better than others in terms of pain relief but indica-dominant strains have been known to be good with pain. Indica-dominant marijuana strains tend to be the most powerful of the pain relievers when compared to sativas and could work great for someone severe pain issues and/or insomnia issues. Sativa-dominant cannabis strains could work well for some medical marijuana patients that need a little pain control but don’t want to feel sleepy during the day. A hybrid strain of weed (which is most strains nowadays being mixed with something else) can consist of a nice mix of the two cannabis strains. Marijuana affects each person differently, it’s important to experiment to find out what cannabis strain works the best for you for your pain-related symptoms.

What are some good marijuana strains that can help with pain management?

Some of the popular cannabis strains that have proven to be effective for pain control are ACDC, Harlequin, Purple Arrow, Cataract Kush, and Redwood Kush. ACDC treats spasmatic pain caused by injury of a body part. Harlequin is known to relieve visceral pain from inflammation of the abdomen, tissue damage, and organ injury in the abdominal cavity. Purple Arrow works at curbing neuropathic pain which can cause headaches and migraines. Cataract Kush targets spinal injury pain. Redwood Kush relieves muscle cramping or muscle injury pain.


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Would marijuana mitigate opiate abuse?

Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and Vicodin are extremely toxic to the body specifically the liver and can cause serious long-term damage. Extreme side effects and highly addictive rates puts most prescibed pain killers as the most dangerous class of medication commonly abused today. This is why marijuana can be a much healthier choice for pain treatment plans, or at least as a complement.  There are non-psychoactive forms of cannabis such as CBD that can get rid of chronic pain symptoms. When compared to opiates, marijuana could stand as a more safer and reliable method when treating for chronic pain. Pharmaceutical pain killers are no joke and play a long-term toll on the body. Can cannabis help with the reliance on opiates? I believe so.

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