Medical marijuana is finally here. For decades we’ve been miseducated and kept away from this product yet thanks to public information and education, we’re now able to safely medicate with this wonderherb. With the current opioid epidemic still ongoing, the option for a safer form of pain treatment comes as a huge relief to millions of Americans all over the country.
The big question for some people though, is can marijuana help them specifically? Well to answer that, we’d have to know the specifics about you as an individual and what you’re suffering from. What we can do in the meantime though, is break down 3 types of pain that marijuana could help you with – so if you suffer from any of these, maybe give medical marijuana a try. Plenty of people have intended to try it once, only to switch entirely away from pharmaceutical drugs afterwards.
1. Nociceptive Pain
Nociceptive is the name used for pain which comes from your bodily tissues being damaged. This could be bruising, inflammation or other types of damage. This type of pain usually presents as some type of ache or soreness, and can be caused by bangs, bumps or even just over-use and strain.
This type of pain can be affected in a couple of different ways. The first is to dull the pain receptors at the site of the pain, so they send less feedback to the brain in terms of pain signals. Another is to either reduce those signals on their way to the brain, whilst another method still is to reduce the impact of these signals on the brain.
Marijuana can be used to affect the pain at any of these points. Both THC and CBD have their own ways of tweaking our bodies receptors to dull the pain we feel, so the best type of marijuana to use can depend on the individual and the specific pain in question. Rest assured that most marijuana will have a painkilling effect for the majority of users though.
2. Neuropathic Pain
Neuropathic pain doesn’t originate from tissue sending signals via pain sensors – it comes from the nervous system itself taking damage and sending signals back to relay this. This type of pain tends to be more severe and is usually related to cuts or bruises. Remember the pain system in this case is working to alert you to damage, so you can manage and treat the area.
Neuropathic pain is tougher to treat with painkillers than other types of pain, because many painkillers can’t affect the nervous system in the same way as they would for inflammatory pain. For this type of pain, CBD is usually preferred over the more psycho-active THC. As always though, the best way to find the best strain to deal with your issues is to talk to a professional, such as those at Greenside Recreational.
3. Central Pain
Central pain is the term used for pain which doesn’t seem to have a physical source. There isn’t any inflammation, nervous damage or even any visible damage. A good example of this type of pain is fibromyalgia.
Despite the lack of physical symptoms and the trouble some painkillers can have dealing with central pain, it’s still a valid and legitimate type of pain. The use of marijuana for fibromyalgia has been successful so far, so it’s safe to assume marijuana could be helpful for other types of central pain. With chemical alternatives seeing little success, it’s certainly worth a try for many sufferers.