Pain and Medical Cannabis

Long the bane of the human.

Pain is mysterious and life altering.  It can control us faster than a mother's guilt trip.  It can put us on our knees, begging for mercy as it dictates to us how it's going to be today.  Your life is no longer your own.

Pain is, well, pain.

Chronic pain in your body is not something you have to face alone

Painful experiences can be transient or long lasting, mild or strong with a wide range of sensations.  Pain is usually felt by a person as a way for the body to signal that something is wrong.  That is why it is hard to ignore.

It has a purpose and it is demanding that you pay attention.

As always, discovering the cause of the pain and treating the underlying condition is best.
Once the aggravation is dealt with, then health can be restored.

We are talking about chronic pain.  Sudden pain that flares up from the condition a person's dealing with.  It seems no two days are alike and they aren't.       

Choices in relief

For as many years as the human has been experiencing pain, not a lot of choice is available for relief.  You have the pharmaceutical route, the natural route or a combination of the two.  Within this scope is the challenge for the patient to discover what works best for them.

Cannabis is the one choice that seems to straddle the line.  Not deemed a pharmaceutical, yet regulated by the law and Health Canada, this plant appears as a natural substance but is treated as anything but.

Medicinal marijuana per day dosage

There's plenty of politics, rhetoric and paranoia to blame for cannabis not being made widely available to patient dealing with pain.

There's also approximately 400 bio available compounds comprising any given cannabis plant, and the people who use cannabis for pain relief will tell you that something in that cannabis plant is working wonders.

Science!

Brain imaging scans have provided a clearer understanding of why:

MRIs were performed at Oxford University on 12 subjects to study the effects of cannabis on the areas of the brain that interpret pain and the area of the brain that includes the emotional aspect of pain (anterior mid-cingulate cortex).

The area of the brain that interprets pain was not affected by THC.  The area of the brain associated with the emotional aspect of pain became less active after participants took THC. (1) That is why patients will say I still feel the pain but I am less bothered by it.

So how much do you need?

This is always very personal thing and may vary from day to day based on condition.

I like to use the "laughing gas" analogy:  Use it until it works.

Some days you may only need a few puffs of a marihuana cigarette throughout the day.  Some days a drop of oil on a lozenge mid afternoon to get you through the supper hour.

Inhaling works faster than ingesting if you need it to work fast.   A study at a Canadian university states that higher concentrations of THC work better for pain relief. (2)

With that in mind, strains high in THC low in CBD include Romulan Grapefruit, Purple God Bud and Northern Lights.  My Kind of Meds recommends these strains of medicinal marijuana for pain relief.

Romulan Grapefruit
Romulan Grapefruit is one of our recommended choices in pain relief for a high THC and low CBD.

For dealing with pain during the day, Resin Crystals may help.  Reserve the hashish for nightime use.

Lastly, we highly recommend "Golden Ganga Grease", the edible-topical cannabis infused wonder creation is great for pain relief as well.  Used topically, it provides immediate relief of swollen joints through transdermal absorption of THC and CBD.  Alternatively, take an 1/8th of a tsp by mouth.  Let it melt on your tongue as you taste the luscious bud oil and know that within a couple hours all will be well.

(1)  http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2012-12-21-brain-imaging-insight-cannabis-pain-killer

(2)  http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20100830/marijuana-relieves-chronic-pain-research-show