Many conducted studies on the amazing powers of cannabis plant have confirmed its medicinal benefits which were previously forbidden since it was considered illegal in North America and in most parts of the world.
Fortunately, these restrictions today are being reduced significantly so that scientists can have more freedom in the researching of the health effects that cannabis can provide.
The phytochemistry of cannabis is comprised of more than 85 compounds which are known as cannabinoids. The nervous and digestive systems of the human body contain endocannabinoid receptors, which means that the body produces its own cannabinoids that are accountable for sleep, movement, emotions, and appetite.
There is another family of cannabis compounds called terpenes being linked to the pain treatment. Both cannabinoids and terpenes contain potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic features which the human body can metabolize.
All varieties of cannabis due to their psycho activity were made illegal like hemp, which does not show this characteristic.
This psycho activity is a result of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and this is the only one cannabinoid which offers such “high feeling”. Yet, most of the cannabinoids aren’t psychoactive; in fact they offer plenty of medicinal effects.
The other prevalent cannabinoid in cannabis is cannabidiol (CBD) which can be obtained from cannabis strains with low THC content, such as Charlotte’s Web, for therapeutic use.
Cannabis is highly effective in the pain treatment as when CBD enters the bloodstream, it gets attached to the cannabinoid receptors in the peripheral nerves thus hampering the pain signals from getting to the brain.
Aside the ability to block pain, cannabinoids can as well as alleviate inflammation which is the main cause for the occurrence of pain, and as well as boost the immune system to support the healing.
In this process are also involved another non-psychoactive cannabinoid known as beta-caryophyllene which has a different molecular structure than most other cannabinoids. It has the ability to relieve inflammation and as well as block neural pain reception. Likewise, it can be found in black pepper, oregano, basil, and cinnamon.
The University of Michigan has carried out a study which revealed that the use of medical cannabis can manage chronic pain thus lowering the need for opioid painkillers. In this study participated patients who were on the standard prescribed pain medications. Here it is what was discovered:
“Patients using medical marijuana to control chronic pain reported a 64 percent reduction in their use of more traditional prescription pain medications… [Patients] also reported fewer side effects from their medications and a 45-percent improvement in the quality of life since using cannabis to manage pain…
We are learning that the higher the dose of opioids people are taking, the higher the risk of death from overdose… patients in this study rated cannabis to be equally effective [as opioids] for those with different pain severity.”
This study is actually a confirmation of the effects of the cannabis which can be a great substitute for opioids, moreover the legalization of medical marijuana in the States showed lower percentage in overdose deaths by 25%, which is of great importance because 30% of the American population struggles with chronic pain.
Institutions like Oregon Health, Science University School of Medicine, scientific studies, and as well as many patents’ reports have certified the positive effects of cannabis in the pain treatment.
On the other hand, opioids are extremely addictive posing a great risk of overdosing thus creating a great necessity for non-addictive treatments. Regarding this matter the United Press International states:
“Opioid use and addiction has become an epidemic in the United States due to doctors over-prescribing opioid medications to treat chronic pain…’emerging data indicate that drugs that target the endocannabinoid system might produce analgesia with fewer side effects compared to opioids.”
Many experts agree that medical marijuana is safer for use than ibuprofen.
The Université de Montreal performed a study regarding the safety issue of using marihuana where 215 participants were involved. It was proven that the use of medical cannabis is safe in the treatment of chronic pain with only one exception of adverse reaction, all the remaining participants experienced improvements.
As a matter of fact: “Medical cannabis use over one year was associated with improvements in pain, function, quality of life and cognitive function.”
This is a serious neurological disorder manifested by great musculoskeletal pain, also accompanied with memory issues, mood swings, sleep, and fatigue.
The common treatment for this condition involves the use of acetaminophen, antidepressants, prescription pain relievers, and anti-seizure medication. However, a great number of patients self-medicate themselves by the use of marijuana.
According to the reports of a survey performed by the National Pain Foundations in 2014,reveal that 62% of fibromyalgia patients stated that marijuana helped them treat the pain and also other accompanied symptoms. Just 8 to 10% of them found the traditional drugs effective and 22 to 32%a little bit effective.
Diabetic neuropathy or Multiple sclerosis
Likewise, scientists have proven that medical cannabis can be useful in the case of diabetic neuropathy or multiple sclerosis.
The Cannabis Patch
When someone mentions cannabis it is always associated with smoking or vaping it, however it can be absorbed by applying it topically, ingested, or injected, very much depending on the cause and location of the pain.
This patch for transdermal delivery of medical cannabis was released in November, 2016 by Cannabis Science in California.
This “pain patch” initially was introduced as relief to fibromyalgia and neuropathy pain, yet it can be used for other diagnoses as well. You need to apply this adhesive patch to the painful area, in that way it can swiftly get absorbed by the skin and hence entering the bloodstream.
According to the news release:
“…the patch provides a controlled release of the medication into the patient, usually through either a porous membrane covering a reservoir of medication or through body heat melting thin layers of medication embedded in the adhesive which will be containing high potency cannabinoid (CBD) extract that slowly enters into the bloodstream and then penetrates the central nervous system.”
This is one of the ways to use the medicinal effects of this plant, and Cannabis Company is trying to find out new ways and applications of cannabis.
Mary’s Medicinal currently offers both transdermal medical cannabis patches and transdermal pens which can be bought in Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and Michigan.
Note that pain is only a symptom, not a cause which you need to determine in order to relieve the pain. Therefore, handle stress, incorporate healthy lifestyle and diet, and use the miraculous properties of medical cannabis.