Every day, millions of Canadians deal with chronic pain. Are you one of them? If so, then you know how difficult it can be to manage it successfully. Sometimes, pinpointing the exact cause of chronic pain can feel nearly impossible, which makes effective treatment seem just as elusive. Although a significant amount of medical research has been done around potential causes and the pharmaceutical treatment of chronic pain, an effective solution is still out of reach for many Canadians.
So, how do chronic pain sufferers cope? An increasing number of people with this condition are seeking cannabis treatment for chronic pain, and experiencing encouraging results. Although cannabis may not be the “one size fits all” solution to this debilitating condition, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that medical marijuana can help Canadians live a more pain-free life, and get them back to doing the things they really love.
What is Chronic Pain?
To get a better understanding of how cannabis can help with chronic pain, let’s start at the beginning. On the most basic level, chronic pain is classified as any pain that’s lasted more than 12 weeks. Alternatively, it can also be defined as pain that persists beyond the usual healing course of an injury or medical condition. However it’s classified, chronic pain has the ability to impact every area of your life. Pain signals can fire within your nervous system for weeks, months, or even years, which makes it challenging to accomplish even simple tasks like getting dressed. This, in turn, can be detrimental to your mental and emotional health. Since every person has a different tolerance for pain, there’s no objective way to measure pain levels, making it difficult for doctors and patients to determine an effective course of treatment.
Traditional treatments include pain medications such as opioids, which can be costly and addictive. Other, more extreme, treatment include things like nerve blocks, electrical stimulation, and even surgery. And many Canadians simply do not want to undergo these sometimes invasive procedures.
How Can Cannabis Help?
So, how is cannabis an effective treatment for chronic pain? The short answer is, it depends on the type of pain you’re experiencing. In people suffering from chronic pain due to tissue damage or inflammation, medical marijuana can work in a couple of different ways. The THC and CBD abundant in cannabis have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which can help eliminate pain directly at the site. THC also binds to certain endocannabinoid receptors in the brain, which dulls the perception of pain.
It’s this mechanism which also makes cannabis particularly effective at treating pain that results from damage to the nervous system, in addition to pain resulting from undefined causes. Not only does THC bind to neural receptors which helps control the transmission of pain signals throughout the brain and spinal cord, it’s also been shown that CBD-rich cannabis activates serotonin receptors, which helps improve mood, appetite, sleep regulation, and more.
Which Strains for Pain?
As we’ve seen above, cannabis strains that are rich in both THC and CBD are effective at kicking pain to the curb. But which strain is right for you? Let’s take a quick look at some of the more popular pain-busting strains:
This THC-dominant hybrid offers consumers a gentle, relaxing pain relief experience, accompanied by feelings of creativity and well-being. The high THC content, ranging anywhere from 17 to 24%, is what makes this cannabis strain a particularly good option for those living with chronic pain.
Another high-THC strain, this sativa offers incredible pain relief, accompanied by an invigorating burst of energy. With THC levels ranging from 19 to 25%, it offers long-lasting effects, making it the perfect choice to fuel your next pain-free adventure.
We’ve focused on a couple of high-THC strains, but when it comes to treating chronic pain, CBD has also been shown to provide fantastic relief. ACDC features a CBD level of 17 to 19% (for contrast, the CBD content of Blue Dream is about 0.2%), which means that it can provide powerful pain relief without the psychoactive effects of its THC-dominant counterparts.
You’ve Got Options
For the canna-curious, smoking or vaporizing might not be the most attractive option. Fortunately, at Lotusland Cannabis Club, we’re pleased to offer an incredible variety of medical marijuana products, including tinctures, creams, edibles, topicals, and more. Our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to walk you through our products, answer any questions you may have, and help you find the cannabis treatment for chronic pain that works best for your lifestyle.
As with any new treatment option, it’s a good idea to start small, and ramp up slowly. At Lotusland Cannabis Club, we take pride in providing top-quality medical marijuana to consumers across Vancouver and Victoria. More than that, we love helping people find relief from symptoms of chronic pain. The road to your best life begins here!