Turning to cannabis to relieve pain, and other health problems, has real value
According to studies from recent years, approximately 55 million US adults, 20% of the population, have chronic pain, and nearly 20 million of those are experiencing pain that interferes with their daily lives. The good news is that both recreational and medical marijuana use has recently been legalized in different states, and this decriminalization led more and more people with chronic pain to explore cannabis products, including marijuana and the chemical compound cannabidiol (CBD). Its effects have proven to be quite effective for this population, which makes the plant one of the best treatments for a better quality of life when suffering from multiple pains.
Needless to say, when someone is in pain, all they want is for that pain to go away. For many patients, cannabis is an alternative to painkillers; it is much easier to get than painkillers, and it works in a way that they are comfortable with, whereas some of the painkillers have side effects that worry them. Both CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are compounds that have a strong interference with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS plays an important role in several regulatory functions, such as appetite, sleep, and pain sensation, to name a few.
Because of the interaction of the components of marijuana with the body, marijuana has the effect of decreasing the sensation of pain in people. In addition, the toxicity of marijuana is so low that there are no recorded cases of overdose. This makes it an ideal candidate for prolonged analgesic use.
For the aforementioned reasons, many patients with access to medical cannabis are opting for this alternative. In the US alone, nearly two-thirds of medical cannabis consumption is related to chronic pain. It is easy to see the reasons for the growing popularity of the plant in the treatment of pain. Apart from the direct benefit to the patient, the use of cannabis could be a way to combat the opium crisis.