Medicinal cannabis has been gaining popularity as an alternative pain relief option for individuals suffering from chronic pain. This alternative medicine is being prescribed by doctors as a way to manage pain that is not responsive to traditional treatments such as opiates and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than three months and can be caused by a variety of conditions such as fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, and chronic headaches. Traditional treatments for chronic pain often come with side effects that can worsen the patient’s overall quality of life. Opiates, for example, can lead to addiction and overdose, while NSAIDs can cause stomach ulcers and bleeding.
Medicinal cannabis, on the other hand, is a natural alternative that has been found to be effective in reducing chronic pain without the same level of negative side effects. Studies have shown that cannabis can reduce pain, improve sleep, and increase overall quality of life for individuals suffering from chronic pain.
The active compounds in cannabis, known as cannabinoids, interact with receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating pain, mood, and other physiological processes. The most well-known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the “high” most commonly associated with recreational cannabis use. However, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) has also been found to be effective in reducing chronic pain, but the two work best together in full-spectrum formulations.
In order to use medicinal cannabis as a pain relief option, a patient must first receive a medicinal cannabis prescription from a licensed healthcare provider. The prescription will specify the type of cannabis, the dosage, and the route of administration (such as smoking, vaporizing, or orally consuming via drops, sprays or capsules).
In conclusion, medicinal cannabis is a viable alternative pain relief option for individuals suffering from chronic pain. It has been found to be effective in reducing pain and improving overall quality of life without the same level of negative side effects as traditional treatments. However, it is important to note that medicinal cannabis is still considered a Schedule 6 substance and its use is only legal with a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider.