Latest News & Information on MMJ & CBD for Nerve, Tincture, Arthritis Pain Treatment
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A life of pain is a life only half-lived. Anything you try to experience—from a joyful moment or steady concentration, to just simple relaxation—is muted by pain.
It’s something that has driven sufferers of various painful medical conditions to silence their pain by any means necessary (something that partially explains the nation’s opioid crisis).
Thankfully, the last few years have seen a rise in a safe, effective, and natural alternative to prescription pain medications: cannabis-based treatments, including cannabidiol (CBD) and medical marijuana (MMJ).
The information in this article is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis and does not replace seeing a mental health professional. If you think you are suffering from this disease, consult with a health professional immediately. To find a health professional in the Highbrow network, click here.
CAUSES OF PAIN
Pain is important. It works as a signal to your nervous system sends to your brain to tell it something is wrong. It might be telling you that you have a fracture, contusion, neurological disorder, or sprained muscle. The list of possible underlying causes is endless.
Acute pain is sudden and typically short-lived, lasting only as long as the illness or injury that triggered it. Chronic pain is a little different. It lasts much longer and can even cause serious medical complications.
Fortunately, pain is treatable.
CBD AND MMJ AS TREATMENTS FOR PAIN?
Although research efforts about CBD and MMJ for medical treatment have just begun to gather steam, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has concluded that people who suffer from chronic pain experience much lower pain levels when they treat their pain with these forms of cannabis.
Perhaps pain sufferers have taken a cue from the opioid crisis, or maybe they have simply grown tired of the many side-effects that come with prescription pain medications. Whatever the reason, these people are no longer waiting for science to confirm what they have already heard and read about treating pain with cannabis.
Instead, they are taking the initiative and treating their pain with cannabis in various forms of CBD or MMJ. They are reporting their experiences in online communities and learning from each other what works in what form and for what condition.
Even the Arthritis Foundation has jumped into the discussion, releasing safe-usage guidelines for arthritis sufferers who may be thinking about trying CBD to relieve their pain.
Medical Marijuana (MMJ) for Pain
Although people are using MMJ and CBD to treat a broad range of medical problems, the effectiveness of cannabis for pain management is the area most supported by scientific evidence. This “stamp of approval,” if you will, has encouraged more people to explore state-approved medical marijuana programs for the purpose of treating pain than for most other medical conditions, according to NBC.
The 2017 report issued by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine revealed that the number of medical marijuana users increased from 641,176 in 2016 to 813,917 only one year later. Most of these “card-carrying” MMJ users used it to treat pain.
You can find MMJ in several forms, including nasal sprays, pills, plants, oils, vaporized liquids, and dried leaves and buds.
As far as the best way to administer MMJ for pain, Mayo Clinic suggests that smoking, rather than pill-form MMJ, gives you better control of the onset, duration, and efficacy of the treatment.
Your metabolism, physical make-up, and medical condition are not the same as someone else who is taking MMJ for pain. How well and fast it works differs for each person. Generally, you can expect it to take effect anywhere from half an hour to several hours after you administer it.
" Pain sufferers are no longer waiting for science to confirm what they have already heard and read. "
CBD for Pain
CBD from hemp contains only minute traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the ingredient in marijuana that makes you “high,” but it still has the properties needed to serve as a medical treatment for many ailments, including pain.
In fact, sixty-two percent of individuals who use CBD for medical purposes do so to manage pain—mostly arthritis, chronic pain, and joint pain, according to a meta-analysis published in Health Affairs.
CBD products started becoming widely available when Congress passed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, which removed hemp from the controlled substance list. After this change, hemp-derived CBD products started showing up on shelves all over the country.
These CBD medicinal products take many forms. You buy CBD as an oil, supplement capsule, gel, gummy, or tincture. You can also smoke it or eat it in edibles, like brownies. Make sure you check with your doctor before consuming CBD in any form, however, as it could negatively impact chemotherapy and might interact poorly with blood thinners, according to Mayo Clinic.
CBD is Non-Addictive
Some pain sufferers, despite their eagerness to relieve the pain that consumes them, are hesitant to try CBD for pain because they fear that they will become addicted to it. If you are among the curious-but-concerned, you might want to read the World Health Organization’s report on CBD (WHO) report on CBD. After extensive research into CBD, the WHO concluded that CBD does not lend itself to abuse or dependence, and it does not present a public health problem.
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