Cannabis has been for decades excluded from many treatments but there is more scientific research that has confirmed its benefits in terms of our health. Science recognized over 85 cannabinoids, and also the presence of terpenes that provide powerful pain-relieving properties.
Both phytochemicals, terpenes and cannabinoids show analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can be easily metabolized in the human body. The human nervous and digestive system have their own endocannabinoid receptors, which take a great part in the system of our body, regulating emotions, sleep, appetite, and movements.
According to the researchers from the University of Michigan medical cannabis can be of great assistance in alleviating chronic pain. Patients have already reported a substantial decrease (64%) in pain and when compared to the traditional prescription pain medications, it showed fewer side-effects.
The CBD – cannabidiol does don show any psychoactive effects and once it enters the bloodstream, quickly attaches to the cannabinoid receptors in the peripheral nerves, and thus blocks the pain signals before they reach the brain. The cannabinoids reveal also other benefits like inflammation relief and boosted immune system.
Cannabis contains other non-psychoactive cannabinoid, named as beta-caryophyllene that differs from the others with its unique molecular structure having the ability to alleviate inflammation and impede neural pain reception.
According to the findings of many experts medical marijuana is a better option than ibuprofen. This has been confirmed by a conducted study at the Université de Montreal involving 215 participants that reported improvements in terms of their pain, function, cognitive function and overall quality of life.
Opioids are highly addictive which can easily lead to overdose that has become a number one issue in the United States. Fortunately, the legalization of medical marijuana in the USA has reduced the number of overdose deaths by 25%, as 30% of Americans struggle with chronic pain.
Fibromyalgia and CBD
Fibromyalgia is a health condition for which there is still no cure only the symptoms are being treated like anxiety, severe musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, and memory and sleep issues. The common treatment involves the administration of prescription pain relievers, acetaminophen, antidepressants, and anti-seizure medication.
It has been demonstrated in 2014 study by the National Pain Foundations that marijuana can be a great pain reliever in 62% of fibromyalgia patients. As a result of that the patients absorbed the cannabinoids by smoking or vaping cannabis, but it turned out that they can be administrated externally or being injected.
Cannabis Science, California, in November 2016, released their product, the “pain patch” that can be used as topical administration of medical cannabis. These patches can relieve neuropathy pain and fibromyalgia as the skin quickly absorbs the CBD extract thus entering the bloodstream. This patch is high in CBD extract that slowly enters the bloodstream and goes deep into the central nervous system.
According to the findings of Cannabis Science these patches will promote quicker healing to the injured area, and it shows high efficacy than the other commonly used medications. The reason for that is that it offers a controlled release of the medication into the patient via a porous membrane high in CBD or through body heat that melts the thin layers of CBD extract embedded in the adhesive thereby slowly entering into the bloodstream and penetrating deep into the central nervous system.
The CEO of Cannabis Science, Mr. Raymond C. Dabney states that there are many potential medical uses of cannabis. His company is working really hard to increase the land capacity for growth and as well as the facilities to produce their own product so that scientists can have fresh supply for their formulations. Scientists can have a chance to do more research on the potential uses of cannabis in terms of medical applications and thus develop better methods for their delivery. Dabney maintains that their goal is develop more pharmaceutical formulations and applications so that they can cover the great demand in the following years.
If you are interested, you can find the transdermal medical cannabis patches and transdermal pens in Mary’s Medicinal in Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Michigan, Washington, and Arizona.