In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report that stated about 50 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain. Pain is considered to be chronic when it lasts for three to six months or longer. The mass amount of people suffering from chronic pain has contributed to the opioid epidemic, as some people get addicted to the prescription medications they use to alleviate their pain. Due to the growing epidemic and increased interest in holistic alternatives, medical marijuana has become a popular alternative therapy for chronic pain.
Medical marijuana is a safe and effective treatment to help with chronic pain and users rarely experience any negative side effects but how does it work? Cannabis contains a variety of compounds, the two most important being CBD and THC. Cannabidiol (CBD) interacts with pain receptors in the brain and has anti-inflammatory effects. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive compound that produces an elevated state of mind. THC activates the brain’s reward system, reducing pain levels in the process. Using THC or CBD on their own can be helpful, but using them in conjunction with each other has shown to be more beneficial.
With several strains of medical marijuana and endless product types to choose from, how do you know which route would be best to treat your chronic pain? That is where Blair Wellness comes in. Our experts can help you choose the right strain and product for your needs! Whether you prefer inhaling, ingesting, using topicals, or a combination of those three, our cannabis dispensary has you covered. To learn more or to find a solution for your chronic pain, visit us today.