The recent number of studies that confirmed the powerful effects cannabis plant is growing thanks to the liberalization of its use in many countries around the world. For that reason, the restrictions are currently being reduced to a great extent, and the freedom of scientists has increased recently to examine the effects of cannabis.
There are recognized more than 85 compounds known as cannabinoids. Something that is very interesting is that the human nervous and digestive systems have endocannabinoid receptors, which are responsible for the produced cannabinoids by the body. Those receptors, actually play important role in the human body about the emotions, appetite, movements, and sleep.
In the composition of cannabis are also known terpenes, compounds that are related to pain treatment. Both terpenes and cannabinoids possess powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, and the human body very easy metabolizes these phytochemicals.
Cannabis showed special effects in the treatment of pain, thanks to the cannabidiol (CBD), which enters the bloodstream, and it is attached to the cannabinoid receptors in the peripheral nerves, blocking the pain signals from reaching the brain.
Besides that cannabinoids block the pain, they also, relieve inflammation that causes it, which is the most important in this process of healing. They, additionally, strengthen the immune system to support healing.
In this process is, also involved the beta-caryophyllene, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which has a different molecular structure than most other cannabinoids. It has the ability to block neural pain reception and soothe inflammation. This compound is also found in cinnamon, basil, black pepper, and oregano.
According to the study at the University of Michigan, the use of medical cannabis is possible in order to manage chronic pain, which reduces the need for opioid painkillers. The patients who used medical marijuana reported a 64 percent reduction in their use of the traditional prescription pain medications. That was followed by fewer side effects from their medications and significant improvement in the quality of their lives.
The legalization of medical marijuana in the States, reduced the number of overdose deaths by 25%, as 30% of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Also, numerous scientific studies, testimonies of the patients, and institutions support the positive effects of cannabis in the treatment of pain.
According to the United Press International the opioids are highly addictive and can cause a great risk of overdosing, so there is an excessive need for non-addictive treatments. The situation is very serious as opioid use and addiction has become an epidemic in the USA, as a result of over-prescribing opioid medications by the doctors to treat chronic pain.
However, most of the experts agree that medical marijuana is safer to use than ibuprofen. A study conducted at the Université de Montreal, where were involved 215 participants, showed that except for one exception of adverse reaction, all other participants experienced improvements in their conditions. They achieved the improvements in pain, function, cognitive function and overall quality of life.
In addition, fibromyalgia as a serious neurological disorder that can be treated in this way. It is characterized by mood swings, widespread musculoskeletal pain, as well as memory issues, fatigue, and sleep.
The typical treatment includes antidepressants, prescription pain relievers, acetaminophen, and anti-seizure medication.
The survey conducted in 2014 from the National Pain Foundations indicated that 62% of fibromyalgia patients claim marijuana helped them treat the pain and other symptoms caused by it. Oppositely, only 8-10% of them found the traditional drugs effective and 22-32%a little effective.
Scientific findings showed that the medical cannabis was also useful in the case of diabetic neuropathy or multiple sclerosis.
The Cannabis Patch
Depending on the cause and location of the pain, cannabinoids can be absorbed by smoking or vaping cannabis, but also as they can be applied topically or injected.
Cannabis Science in California, in November of 2016, released their “pain patch” which can be used for transdermal delivery of medical cannabis.
It was promoted for its ability to relieve neuropathy pain and fibromyalgia, as well as for other diagnoses. It should be applied to the painful area, while cannabis quickly gets absorbed by the skin and enters the bloodstream.
The patch provides a controlled release of the medication to the patient. This patch contains a high potency cannabinoid (CBD) extract, which has the ability to slowly enter the bloodstream and penetrate the central nervous system.
The cannabis company started with those pain patches believing that they are only “the tip of the iceberg”, and are currently researching the other uses of this plant.
Transdermal medical cannabis patches and transdermal pens can be found in Mary’s Medicinal in Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, Washington, Arizona, and Michigan.
Everyone should be aware that the pain is not a cause but a symptom, so the best way to get rid of it is to find and heal the cause. It can be healed by managing the stress, changing your lifestyle and diet, and using the amazing properties of medical cannabis!