Chronic pain is one of the most obstinate and troublesome diseases people may have. Though there is a great number of analgetic drugs, many of them are addictive, ineffective for certain conditions or can have undesired side effects. In many cases, cannabis has proven itself to be a viable alternative for painkillers.
However, not all cannabis strains are effective for pain relief. Some marijuana strains may have little or no effect on your pain levels. Others can calm your muscles and nerves, letting you sleep like a top. This article aims to clarify how marijuana affects your body and help you find the best cannabis for pain.
Scientists have shown that cannabis can directly interact with pain-signaling cells of your body. Specifically, marijuana contains chemicals, called THC and CBD, that perform this task. These substances also have a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect. Cannabis also contains so-called terpenes that affect other parts of your nervous system responsible for pain.
If you have some type of musculoskeletal problem, such as muscle spasms and cramps, slipped discs, or pulled tendons, cannabis can help decrease your pain level. There are many strains with active compounds that can deal with joint and muscle pain, as well as inflammation related to wounds or injuries. Choose any of cannabis-infused topicals to ensure rapid pain relief in the affected area. Popular choices among cannabis patients include such strains as Blue Dream, Platinum OG, Juicy Fruit, and Green Crack.
In case you suffer from general pain, Afghan Kush will suit you the best. This indica strain can lock you on the couch, but its THC content effectively fights the pain. Moreover, this cannabis is full of analgesic and anti-inflammatory terpenes, such as Caryophyllene and Humulene, which can also be effective for managing pain among patients with cancer. Other cannabis strains that contain a lot of these terpenes include Super Sour Diesel, Hash Plant, and Maui Waui.
White Widow is also powerful in managing body pain. This high-potency hybrid easily relieves pain leaving you with a euphoric and uplifting buzz. This strain contains 20% of THC; it also contains terpene called linalool. This compound gives the strain its lavender aroma and helps minimize pain and inflammation.
Every year, millions of people in the world suffer from neuropathic pain that is better known as nerve pain. Chronic nerve pain is usually caused by tissue damage or damage to the central nervous system. Studies show that THC and CBD can relieve nerve pain that associated with multiple sclerosis or other similar ailments. These weed compounds manage nerve pain by reducing inflammation in the brain and body cells. There are also some cannabis strains with high levels of neuroprotective terpenes that can also be helpful.
For instance, Jack Herer is a sativa-dominant hybrid that can easily relieve chronic pain due to its active terpenoid contents. Cannabis studies have revealed that this strain has pinine, a terpene that gives strong antitumor effects and prevents the growth of cancer cells in the brain.
SuperBud is another powerful natural remedy with high terpene levels. Featuring a high content of myrcene, this strain provides a “narcotic” buzz and effectively fights chronic nerve pain.
As we have mentioned earlier, marijuana has a strong anti-inflammatory effect that can be very helpful for patients with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Studies show that CBD is four times more effective for inflammatory pain than commonly used aspirin. CBD can interact with cell receptors in the body that are responsible for bone health.
To forget about your chronic joint pain, you may want to consider Harlequin as a natural pain-killer. This sativa-dominant hybrid will provide you with a mellow and painless high; it can also reduce side effects of THC overdosing.
Cannatonic is another cannabis hybrid with amazing therapeutic effects. This strain has an equal content of THC and CBD and is full of active terpenes. Cannatonic is a popular choice for people dealing with chronic pain and joint inflammation.
If you feel exhausted after fighting your pain, keep in mind that marijuana is also a good natural anti-depressant. Researches demonstrated that cannabis helps patients overcome severe diseases and also makes people more optimistic and energetic.
Patients who struggle with chronic pain often have trouble with sleeping. Moreover, muscle cramps or headaches sometimes make it almost impossible to sleep. Heavy indica strains, like Critical Mass, Granddaddy Purple, Hindu Kush, or Bubba Kush, will lock you on the couch for a sound and painless sleep.