Yo, what’s good, it’s ya boy Dan. Let’s talk about something that’s been around for centuries – cannabis. This plant has been used to combat pain for ages and as we become more knowledgeable about it, we’re seeing more options for consuming it.
Chronic pain is one of the biggest issues facing the US right now. With over 25 million people dealing with pain daily, it’s no wonder that folks are turning to Mary Jane as a safer and more natural alternative to traditional treatments.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty though, let’s define what we mean by pain. There are all kinds of pain out there from long-term (chronic) to short-term (acute) pain caused by an injury. Cannabis is a proven analgesic, meaning it helps relieve pain, and anti-inflammatory compound, making it a great option for treating pain symptoms. Plus, it doesn’t just help with existing pain, but can also prevent it from occurring in the first place.
There are so many conditions that cannabis can be helpful in treating because pain is a common symptom shared among them. Plus, with the opioid epidemic currently happening in America, many patients are looking for alternatives to traditional painkillers.
Now let’s talk about some of the ways you can use cannabis to relieve your pain. From edibles to patches, here are some of the best methods out there.
Smoking Mary Jane for Pain Relief
Smoking weed is probably the most well-known way to consume it but there are still other options out there. While smoking is still popular, new products are hitting the market that offer healthier alternatives.
However, smoking isn’t always an option for everyone due to health concerns or just personal preference. Here are some pros and cons of smoking marijuana for pain relief:
PROS: Smoking is easy to dose accurately and kicks in pretty fast.
CONS: Studies show that smoking could negatively impact lung health. Plus, not everyone likes the smell of weed smoke.
Vaping for Pain Relief
Vaping is a great option for those who love the feeling of smoking but want to avoid the potential risks. By heating up the cannabis and turning it into vapor, you can get medicated quickly and easily.
There are tons of vaporizers out there, from discreet pocket-sized ones to larger, full-size units for home use.
PROS: Vaping is a healthier alternative for those who don’t like the strong smell of weed smoke. It’s also more discreet for public use.
CONS: It’s not as affordable as smoking and requires recharging, which can be inconvenient for some users.
Eating for Pain Relief
Back in the day, pot brownies were pretty much the only edible option out there. But now, you can indulge in all kinds of cannabis-infused foods. The effects from edibles last longer than smoking or vaping, making them a great option for long-lasting pain relief.
PROS: The effects last longer and there are tons of delicious options out there. Edibles can also be much more potent than other methods, making them ideal for pain relief.
CONS: It takes longer for the effects to kick in, and dosing can be tricky.
CBD or THC Oils
CBD oils are one of the most popular cannabis products out there and are used by people of all ages for a variety of conditions, including chronic pain. CBD is full of potent properties but won’t get you high, making it ideal for medical patients.
PROS: Easy to use, doesn’t leave you feeling high, and can be accurately dosed. There are limited negative side effects.
CONS: Frequent use can lead to tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in weight.
Creams and Balms
Topicals like creams and balms are perfect for those dealing with joint or back pain. They’re an alternative to oral consumption and work by being absorbed through the skin and providing localized relief to the affected area.
PROS: Non-intoxicating and great for skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. They’re also great for targeting localized pain from arthritis.
CONS: Can’t be used to treat many conditions that oral cannabis can help with, such as PTSD and epilepsy.
Choosing the right method and product is a personal choice, and what works for one person may not work for another. There are so many options out there, from smoking to topicals, that you’re sure to find something that works for you.
So go ahead and give these methods a try! Your body will thank you.